Press release

UPDATE - The Kyoto Mechanisms: Key to combating climate change?

October 7, 2008

Huge response to discussion: Web viewers are invited to send questions to the moderator

  • Event date: Thursday, October 9, 2008
  • Time: 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. EST
  • Location: 555 Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Presented by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and The Earth Institute at Columbia University

WINNIPEG, October 8, 2008Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will face a full house when they meet Thursday morning in New York for a high-level discussion on ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Although the event is fully booked, it will be webcast here.

Viewers are invited to e-mail questions to the moderator, IISD's John Drexhage, at

The event is designed to focus attention on a critical core element of the global climate change negotiations, which are scheduled to culminate in a new international agreement in Copenhagen, December 2009.

International Emissions Trading Association President and CEO Henry Derwent and Columbia University Ewing-Worzel Professor of Geophysics Klaus S. Lackner will also take part in the discussion that will focus primarily on the critical issues of environmental integrity, economic efficiency and long-term policy implications.

Event contact: Rick Groom, IISD Fund Development and Communications Officer, Phone: (204) 958‐7742, Cell: (204) 250-1434, E-mail:

Media requests: For Professors Sachs and Lackner contact Kyu Lee, E-mail:, Phone: (212) 851‐0798

For Yvo de Boer, Carrie Assheuer, E-mail: or, Phone: (+49 228) 815‐1005, Cell: (+49 172) 179‐8836

For John Drexhage, Nona Pelletier, E-mail:, Phone: (204) 958‐7740, Cell: (204) 962‐1303

For Henry Derwent, Cédric Ammann, E-mail:, Phone: (+41 22) 737‐0500, Cell: (+41 79) 815‐2713

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.