Creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, Jason deCaires Taylor has gained international recognition for his unique work. His sculptures highlight ecological processes whilst exploring the intricate relationships between modern art and the environment. By using sculptures to create artificial reefs, the artist’s interventions promote hope and recovery, and underline our need to understand and protect the natural world.
The sculptures are sited in clear shallow waters to afford easy access by divers, snorkellers and those in glass-bottomed boats. Viewers are invited to discover the beauty of our underwater planet and to appreciate the processes of reef evolution.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment in the UN system. Established in 1972, UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator promoting the wise use of the planet’s natural assets for sustainable development. It works with many partners, UN entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, business, industry, the media and civil society.
UNEP’s work involves providing support for: environmental assessment and reporting; legal and institutional strengthening and environmental policy development; sustainable use and management of natural resources; integration of economic development and environmental protection; and promoting public participation in environmental management.
UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen and fans of WED bring this year’s urgent and inspiring message of action to the world.
The opening UNFCCC press conference of the second round of Bonn UN Climate Change Talks in 2010 will take place on Monday, 31 May at 13:15 CEST at the Hotel Maritim (Salon Haydn, second floor), following the morning plenary. The briefing with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer will be webcast live, as will all other press conferences during the meeting