Press invite: UN Environment Programme launches State of the World's Deserts report
6 June 2006
Dramatic changes are sweeping the world's deserts as a result of factors ranging from climate change, agriculture and urbanisation to pollution, tourism and global insecurity.
Bigger changes are threatened which could alter these unique and hauntingly beautiful landscapes forever, says a new landmark report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
UNEP and one of the lead authors of the Global Deserts Outlook will unveil the new findings at a press briefing at UCL on Friday 2 June 2006.
The briefing and report are embargoed for Monday morning (00.01 local time) Monday 5 June 2006 - World Environment Day in the International Year of Deserts and Desertification.
Those scheduled to attend the press briefing are:
Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Director of UNEP's World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Professor Andrew Warren, UCL Department of Geography and one of the authors of the report
EVENT: Launch of the State of the World's Deserts report
TIME: Friday 2 June 2006, 10.00am
LOCATION: Room G07, Pearson Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Notes to editors
For more information please contact:
Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson UNEP, Tel: +254 20 7623084, Mobile: +254 733 632755, Mobile in London from 31 May until 5 June: +41 79 59 65 737, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith H Moore, UCL Press Office, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 7678, Mobile: +44 (0)77333 075 96, E-mail: email@example.com
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