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Children’s Art Event to Launch UN Climate Campaign

New York/Nairobi, 23 September 2008 – The global United Nations campaign ‘UNite to Combat Climate Change’ will kick off in October with an auction and exhibit of children’s art in New York.

The Paint for the Planet event will feature a selection of stand-out entries from UNEP’s International Children’s Painting Competitions.

Showcasing children’s fears and hopes for the planet, the paintings are a powerful plea from children for leadership on climate change before it is too late.

The original artwork has been chosen from a collection of nearly 200,000 paintings which have never been displayed before. The exhibit opens at UN Headquarters in New York on 23 October.

On 25 October, a selection of the paintings will be auctioned at the Harvard Club of New York City to raise emergency funds for children affected by climate-related disasters, such as the recent storms and hurricanes in the Caribbean.

The exhibit is open to all, and the art will also be sold online to enable people around the world to participate.

Several of the young prize-winning artists will be flown to New York to share their message for the planet with decision makers, corporate leaders and the media.

Paint for the Planet will launch the ‘UNite to Combat Climate Change’ campaign to support the call for a definitive agreement at the climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009.

After New York, the exhibit will travel to various climate-related events and meetings around the world, culminating in Copenhagen.

PDF format PDF  Download   Preview of some of the paintings. (1 mb)

PDF format PDF  Download   Children profiles. (130 kb)

Notes to editors:

Media are invited to both the exhibit and the auction, and there will be opportunities for interviews with the young artists as well as with UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other personalities will be invited to the auction.

Please refer to the two attachments below for a preview of some of the paintings which will be featured at the exhibit, as well as the profile of four young artists who will attend the event.

Paint for the Planet – Important dates:

- Exhibit opening and press conference on 23 October, 12.30–2pm at the Main Lobby of United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
- VIP reception and auction on 25 October, 7–9pm at the Harvard Club, New York. An online auction will be organized in conjunction with the main event. Media will be invited to the Harvard Club to cover the event.

For more information, contact:
Lucy Jasmin, Head of Special Events, at lucita.jasmin@unep.org  or tel +254 20 762 3401
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson & Head of Media at nick.nuttall@unep.org  or tel +254-20 7623084
or Anne-France White, Media Officer, at anne-france.white@unep.org  or tel +254 713 601 244

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