The World Summit in Sustainable Development
A key forcus of GRID-Arendal activities this year was the world summit in sustainable Development in Johannesburg, where GRID-Arendal, together with UNEP, organized a display of products and services. At this summit, A Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of an Operational Unit of the United Nations University (UNU) at GRID-Arendal was signed by UNEP, UNU and the Government of Norway.
The Environment and Poverty Times was released at the WSSD, and the Arctic Environment Times at the Arctic Parliamentarian Summit in Tromsø, Norway, in line with our commitment to broaden the scope of new innovative GRID-Arendal products in communicating information for decision-making.
Where are the Poor?
GRID-Arendal also published another publication on poverty together with the World Resources Institute (WRI): Where are the Poor? Experiences with the Development and Use of Poverty Maps. This has led to further cooperation planned for 2003 in establishing a global online database of poverty maps and environmental information.
Vital Water Graphics was produced for presentation in early 2003 at the UNEP Governing Council Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya and at the World Water Day in Japan.
Vital Climate Graphics Africa was presented at the eighth Conference of the Parties (COP 8) of the Climate Change Convention in Delhi, India.
Technical guidance and support from GRID-Arendal led to the launch of Earthwire Africa at the summit of African Ministers of the Environment in Kampala, Uganda.
A popularized version of an assessment of the Caspian environment was produced in cooperation with the countries in Caucasus and Central Asia.
In June, the Global Virtual University (UNU) was inaugurated by Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik. Under the auspices of UNU, GVU is an online network of universities designed to meet the educational needs of the developing world. In cooperation with partner universities, GVU offers Masters degree programmes and several short-term courses.
GRID-Arendal prepared two synthesis reports – the Polar chapter in UNEP’s 2003 GEO Yearbook and a report on Arctic Environment: European Perspectives. The latter was produced in collaboration with the European environment Agency.
A report on Environment and Security in Central Asia and the Balkans was launched by UNEP, OSCE and UNDP at the “Environment for Europe” Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. GRID-Arendal developed a “mapping” methodology for defining national and regional priorities in an interactive and participatory process.