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    VIENNA, 1 June 2015


    Media representatives are invited to the opening of the Photo Exhibition

    Great Apes at the Crossroads - Survival or Extinction?

    On the Occasion of World Environment Day

    on Friday 5 June 2015, at 13.00 hrs

    in the Rotunda, Vienna International Centre (VIC)

    Speakers include:

    Johannes Refisch,
    Project Manager, Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

    Michel Masozera
    Rwanda Country Programme Director, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

    The event is moderated by

    Martin Nesirky, Director, United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna


    The exhibition marks World Environment Day, which is held on 5 June every year, and features unique wildlife pictures, some of which were taken in the early 1990s in rainforests of the former Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) that have since been destroyed.

    The photos were previously on display in Kenya, Burundi, France and Germany and are presented now in Vienna with the help of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Vienna Programme Office - Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, and the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), in cooperation with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna and GRID-Arendal.

    Media representatives who wish to attend and who are not already accredited to the VIC should write to by 4 June, 12:00 noon.

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    For further information please contact:

    Matthias Jurek,
    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Email: matthias.jurek[at]
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4326


    Katharina Goetze
    Associate Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4949
    Email: katharina.goetze[at]