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Observer status allows Many Strong Voices to contribute to the IPCC process

Many Strong Voices recently became an Observer at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), cementing its position as an international lobbying platform for vulnerable communities of the Arctic and in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  

Coordinated by GRID-Arendal and the Centre of International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO), the Many Strong Voices (MSV) programme aims to promote the well-being, security, and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and SIDS. While the two regions may at first glance appear to have little in common, they are both barometers of global environmental change and are already feeling the effects of climate change. They share characteristics of vulnerability and resilience, and both of their environments are sensitive to climate change impacts. MSV works with organisations from these two regions and others around the world to take action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to share stories of vulnerability and resilience with the world.

One of the objectives of the programme is to build a stronger voice for the people of the Arctic and SIDS in negotiating measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and in developing and implementing climate adaptation strategies. MSV’s partners were instrumental in ensuring that human rights language was incorporated into the Cancun Agreement produced by the UNFCCC’s  Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action in 2010. By becoming an observer at the IPCC, MSV hopes to encourage more traditional and indigenous knowledge in future Assessment Reports. On a practical level, this status has allowed MSV’s network to become involved in the review process of the next Assessment Report, slated for publication in 2014.

Click here for more information on MSV activities.

Many Strong Voices receives its core funding from the Government of Norway, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and receives support from a global network of partners.




Wednesday 28 Nov 2012
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