Blame Game on barring T Media: Who is responsible? Center or COP organizers?

Here is a reply from COP authorities, throwing blame on Central Government. But how can they allow it?

—– Original Message —–

From: david ainsworth []
Sent: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 04:30:26 +0000
Subject: Reply to your communication of 17 October

Thank you for your letter.

It is important to note, that although the High Level Segment takes place concurrently with COP 11 and is held in the same venue as the COP, it is an event organised and governed by the government of India. Provisions for participation and access to this, including the opening plenary, are at the discretion of the government of India. The CBD Secretariat does facilitate the participation of a variety of actors and persons, but it does so under the guidance of the government of India.

Ultimately, you will need to direct your queries regarding access to the High Level Segment to the government of India.

With regard to access for COP 11, as you are no doubt aware, priority passes were issued to a limited number of journalists, including at least one, and at time two journalists, from each media organization. These were issued in two batches for COP 11. One was issued for access from the beginning of COP 11 until the 14th. The second batch was issued for access to COP 11 events and activities from October 15 to the 19th. These passes provided access to the HICC facilities.

These passes remain valid for access to the vast majority of COP 11 discussions, except for the contact groups and bilaterals, and regional meetings, as per our media access policy.

We are available to sort out any challenges with regard to COP 11 access, but for matters relating to the High Level Segment, you will need to discuss with the government of India.

Best Regards,

David Ainsworth

2011-2020 United Nations Decade on Biodiversity ­­

Author: kattashekar

Former Editor, Namasthe Telangana Daily

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