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    UNIS/OUS/058
    6 December 2010

    Re-issued as received

    UNIDO, Mexican Government to Hold High-Level Event on Energy Efficiency at COP16 Climate Change Talks in Cancun

    VIENNA, 6 December (UN Information Service) - Prioritizing global action on energy efficiency and its role in the COP16 mitigation negotiations will be the focus of a high-level event in Cancun, Mexico on Wednesday.

    The event, which being organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Mexico, will be opened by Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

    Participants in the high-panel discussion will include Mexico Energy Secretary, Georgina Kessel; Spanish Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Water, Rosa Aguilar Rivero; Danish Climate and Energy Minister, Lykke Fris; Australian Climate and Energy Efficiency Minister, Greg Combet; South African Energy Minister, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters; World Bank President, Robert Zoellick; and UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella.

    Special guests will include the UN ECE Director-General, Jan Kubis; ECLAC Executive Secretary, Alicia Barcena; UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark; UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner; Senior Brookings Fellow, Katherine Sierra; and the President of the UN Foundation, Tim Wirth.

    Journalists are invited to attend the event from 11:30 to 12:50, on 8 December, in the Cancunmesse, Mexico.

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    For more information please contact:

    Marina Ploutakhina
    UNIDO Energy Policy and Partnerships Coordinator
    Tel. +998-108-5946
    Tel. +43-699-1459-7773
    E-mail M.Ploutakhina@unido.org

    or

    Mikhail Evstafyev
    UNIDO Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26026-5021
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-7329
    Email: m.evstafyev@unido.org