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UNEP bookshop to be launched on the Internet

Arendal/Nairobi, 23 August 1999 - Jesper Simonsen, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of Norway and Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a new web book shop for UNEP Monday 23 August.

The book shop, located on the world wide web at:, allows customers to order copies of all UNEP publications and covers topics such as environmental law, climate, industry and environment and biodiversity. Customers using the web site will have the choice of looking for books from specific categories, environmental themes, and quick search options. Once a selection has been made, customers will have various payment and delivery options including the use of credit cards and quick delivery service.

The book shop will be jointly operated by UNEP, GRID-Arendal and SMI Distribution Services (United Kingdom). SMI is the contracted worldwide distributor of UNEP's publications. Orders submitted via the book shop will be relayed to SMI for processing and distribution.

The new UNEP Internet book shop will complement UNEP's existing home page and its publication catalogue Environment in Print. It will increase global accessibility to UNEP publications by providing an improved, comprehensive and central catalogue with better customer service and fast delivery.

For more information, please contact:
Tore J. Brevik,
UNEP Spokesman and Director of Communications and Public Information Branch, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel.: (254-2) 623292; Fax: 623692;
In Arendal,
Lawrence Hislop,
Head, Internet and Information Services Unit,
Tel.: +4737035650
Aake Bjoerke,
Information Manager,
P.O. Box 1602, N-4801 Arendal, Norway.
Tel.: +4737035650; Fax: +47-37035050;

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