Searching for India office at UN conference venue (Postcard from Durban)

December 6th, 2011 - 6:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Durban, Dec 6 (IANS) Indian Environment Secretary T. Chatterjee was lost while searching for the India delegation office at the International Convention Centre here, the venue of UN climate change talks.

The secretary was to meet some delegates at the office, which was probably in the basement parking of ICC, but he was not able locate it.

Finally, he bumped into some Indian journalists at the venue, who told him the way to the office.

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Journos hate standing up for questions

Some journalists are totally disliking the drill of having to stand up to ask questions at the official press briefings here.

During a briefing of the United National Environment Programme (UNEP) at the Yellowwood conference hall, a foreign journalist asked if she can sit and ask the question as she hates standing up.

But she was denied her request as the camerapersons on both sides of the dais needed to record the session.

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Climate talks in day, beach party at night

The day begins with serious talks at the International Convention Centre here but as the sun sets, participants, including negotiators, hit the beach right next to the venue to party.

Last weekend, a party was organised by an NGO at the North beach which saw hundreds of people joining for free drinks and snacks.

During weekdays too, delegates head to the beach at night to cool down after the heat of climate talks.

(Richa Sharma can be reached at richa.s@ians.in)

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