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GRID-Arendal celebrates 20 Years!

1999

  • On the occasion of GRID-Arendal’s 10th year anniversary, Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, recognized GRID-Arendal’s contributions in shaping environmental policy and in raising awareness about environmental challenges. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, UNEP’s Executive Director, and Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Minister of Norway and head of WHO , boosted our hopes that we are making noticeable progress towards meeting our long-term goals.
  • GRID-Arendal won the prestigious "Princes' Award 1999" for its multimedia product State of the Environment Reports Sampler CD-ROM and Cookbook. It features national reports from 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States, and a "cookbook" providing methodological guidance for developing electronic environmental status reports on the Internet. The Princes' Award is initiated by the European Environ ment Agency in Copenhagen and named after its patrons, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Felipe of Spain. The objective of the award is to emphasise the importance of public participation in solving Europe's environmental problems and public involvement in the move towards sustainable development across the continent. 
  • GRID-Arendal was designated the UNEP Key Polar Centre for early warning and assessments with particular focus on the Arctic. 
  • EarthWire Norway, Miljønytt, an environment news service that provides a daily overview of environmental news from Norway, was launched. 
  • Vital Climate Graphics, a collection of graphics, was produced for the 5th Conference of the Parties (COP 5) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn.  The graphics were created in co-operation with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UNFCCC and the Center for Internatinal Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO).
  • Earthprint. the official online bookstore of UNEP, jointly developed by GRID-Arendal and SMI (Distribution servcies Ltd,  was launched.  
  • The project ECORA (Integrated Ecosystem Approach to Conserve Biodiversity and Minimise Habitat Fragmentation in the Russian Arctic), a Global environment facility (GEF) funded project was launched. The goal of the project was to develop and implement integrated ecosystem management strategies in the Russian Arctic.
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