GRID-Arendal, as the UNEP Key Polar Centre, produced Global Outlook for Ice and Snow, which raised world-wide attention about the important relationship between ice and snow and global climate change. Launched on World Environment Day on 5 June 2007, hosted in Tromsø, Norway, this publication not only became one of UNEP’s best-selling products in 2007, but is also seen as a great example of collaboration, both external and internal.
Other notable publications produced in 2007 include:
GRID-Arendal organized two major international events, the conferences Linking Tourism and Conservation – A Finance-Initiative for Protected Areas and UN Carbon Neutrality Goal. These events resulted in concrete commitments of the participating stakeholders to engage in meaningful relationships with GRID-Arendal.
The Many Strong Voices programme, which brings together the peoples of the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to take action on climate change through awareness raising, participation in climate change negotiation processes and involvement in regional assessments of vulnerability and adaptive capacity, made significant progress in 2007 focused on communication and outreach; vulnerability assessment; and development of a Five-Year Action Plan. A stakeholders’ planning workshop was hosted in Belize in May by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. The workshop, which received international media attention, focused on continued development of the programme’s strategic direction and priorities.
Through its European programme, GRID-Arendal works with countries in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Russia and the Caucasus and Central Asia. Its activities address crosscutting issues, including environment and security, environmental governance, and environmental information management. In 2007, GRID-Arendal’s close cooperation with UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe was sealed with a new project agreement with UNEP.
GRID-Arendal facilitated the joint UNEP/EEA/UNDP exhibition booth, ”Together for Europe’s Environment”, at the 5th Pan European Ministerial Conference, “Environment for Europe”, in Belgrade, Serbia in October. The exhibition area and meeting place hosted a number of side-events and launches which provided exposure of GRID-Arendal’s work and showed the synergies from our cooperation with institutional partners, countries and cities.
GRID-Arendal continued to engage in raising public environmental awareness by organizing and participating in numerous events, including: the launch of the United Nations Development Programme report Human Development Report 2007/2008: Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World in November in Oslo, Norway; the launch of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook: Environment for Development (GEO-4) report in Oslo, Norway in October; the exhibition Feber: en utstilling on FNs klimapanel og Al Gore organized by the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo; and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings in Bali, Indonesia in December where GRID-Arendal coordinated activities related to the Many Strong Voices project, the public consultation on UNEP Indigenous Peoples Strategy and the Global Outlook for Ice & Snow side event