Europe’s largest electric vehicle rally passes through Geneva as a part of its finishing phases in Switzerland on the Place des Nations on 17 June 2016, after travelling 1,300km from Bremerhaven, Germany.

There will be an opportunity for an aerial photograph of the more than 70 teams of electric cars participating in the rally in the formation of 1.5 degrees Celsius (hashtag: #1o5C), the goal of limiting global warming at the centre of the new United Nations Paris Agreement on climate change. The 1.5 degrees symbol will be formed on the Place des Nations, in front of the United Nations at Geneva. Organisers will be facilitating access to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) building for the purpose of the aerial photograph. In addition, a 4.5m x 4.5m black cube will be installed on the Place des Nations symbolising the emission avoided by each car participating in the rally.

The occasion will be marked by statements from United Nations representatives, representatives from the electric vehicle rally (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition), and of the State of Geneva.

What: Finish of the largest European electric vehicle rally and 1.5 degrees formation aerial photo opportunity at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva

When: 17:00 – 18:15 Friday 17 June 2016

Where: On the Place des Nations, Geneva

Speakers: Maria Luisa Silva, Director, UNDP Office in Geneva

Louis Palmer, Founder and Organiser of WAVE

Ambassador H.E. Elayne Whyte Gómez, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Philippe Ramet, Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary General and CEO, CARE International

Nick Beglinger, CEO of Cleantech21 Foundation

Contacts for Correspondents:

UNDP: Aziyade Poltier: +41 22 917 83 68, +41 79 349 1610, aziyade.poltier@undp.org

Emily Jay: +41 22 917 88 27, +41 76 801 50 53, emily.jay@undp.org

UNEP: Isabelle Valentiny: isabelle.valentiny@unep.org

Cleantech21: Nick Beglinger: +41 79 421 50 77, nick.beglinger@cleantech21.org

Partners: #1o5C Campaign: http://www.1o5C.org

World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE): http://www.wavetrophy.com

Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) http://www.thecvf.org/

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) http://www.eurasia.undp.org/

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): http://www.unep.org/

UN Office For South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC): http://ssc.undp.org/content/ssc.html

World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP):http://wacapnetwork.org/

Cleantech21 Foundation: http://cleantech21.org/

CARE Internationalhttp://www.care-international.org/ http://www.careclimatechange.org

Climate Action Network International (CAN): http://www.climatenetwork.org/