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Damage from Pakistan Tanker Spill Documented
An international team convened to assess the environmental damage caused by oil spilled from the tanker MT Tasman Spirit has reported its findings and recommendations to the Government of Pakistan.
Tuesday 23 Sep 2003
UNEP/GRID-Arendal hosts workshop on sustainable building
For two and a half days from 27 to 29 October GRID-Arendal will host the international workshop “The building and Construction Sector: Moving towards Sustainability” in Arendal, Norway. Discussions will centre on building with wood, improving existing building stock and implementing sustainable building management in governmental politics.
Tuesday 23 Sep 2003
United Nations Environment Programme opens China Office
Speaking at the opening ceremony, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said it was a response to the important progress being made in meeting environmental challenges in China, the world’s largest developing country, and to the challenges lying ahead.
Friday 19 Sep 2003
Environmental News from the United Kingdom on EarthWire
EarthWire/UK is a new edition to the three existing EarthWire environmental news sites. Updated daily, the site features relevant environment stories sorted by area, topic and date. A search engine allows users to harvest archive stories. EarthWire/UK is a joint initiative between GRID-Arendal and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Thursday 18 Sep 2003
Tourism to Earth’s Most Threatened Areas Surges by More Than 100 Percent in Last Decade
Tourism has increased by more than 100 percent between 1990 and 2000 in the world’s biodiversity hotspots, regions richest in species and facing extreme threats, according to a report released today by Conservation International (CI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Friday 12 Sep 2003
Planet's List of Protected Areas Tops 100,000 Mark
Crucial progress is being made towards conserving the world's most spectacular habitats and wildlife, a report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the IUCN-World Conservation Union shows.
Tuesday 09 Sep 2003
New E-Learner out
Eighty people witnessed the opening of the Global Virtual University (GVU) in June as Kjell Magne Bondevik, the Norwegian Prime Minister cut the virtual bands. Today the third E-Learner, the GVU bi-monthly newsletter, is issued focusing on the opening event in June.
Wednesday 03 Sep 2003
Borge Brende launched the UN-House in Arendal today
The Norwegian Minister of Environment Borge Brende, today launched the UN-House in Arendal. GRID-Arendal bought the house earlier this summer and wants to convert it into an UN-House where national and international partners of GRID-Arendal will be housed as well.
Tuesday 02 Sep 2003
Young environmentalists en route to Dubna, Russia for United Nations conference
Young environmentalists from more than 60 countries are meeting in Russia next week to discuss environmental topics vital to sustainable development in the 21st century.
Friday 22 Aug 2003
Hundreds of United Nations staff in Nairobi mourn the deaths of their colleagues in Baghdad
As the flags of the world at the United Nations Office at Nairobi flew at half mast, around six hundred United Nations staff today took part in a sombre ceremony to mourn the loss of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, and other United Nations staff who were killed in a bomb attack on the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad.
Thursday 21 Aug 2003
Wild forests living museums of virtually extinct species
A new UNEP/WCMC report ‘Towards a Global Tree Conservation Atlas’ published this week, highlights the plight of five ‘flagship’ tree species which the Global Trees Campaign is working hard to save.
Monday 04 Aug 2003
New web site and CD-ROM on the state of water resources in Belarus
This newly released State of Water resources report in Belarus on the Internet and on CD-ROM contains maps, pictures and articles. It takes the reader through various impacts, pressures and actions taken in the Eastern European country in order to protect the water resources.
Monday 04 Aug 2003
Stephen Lonergan and Svein Tveitdal appointed to senior positions within UNEP
Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), recently announced the appointments of: Stephen Lonergan as the Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA); and Svein Tveitdal as Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) and Officer-in-Charge of the Division of Environmental Conventions.
Friday 01 Aug 2003
UNEP: Succulent Somali Plants New Targets of Illegal African Wildlife Trade
A boom in poached “succulent” plants is among the latest threats facing Africa’s rare and endangered wildlife, a meeting in the Kenyan capital has learnt.
Tuesday 22 Jul 2003
Landmark report urges governance reforms to arrest accelerating decline of world’s environment
A new report by the World Resource Institute (WRI) launched today urges governance reforms to arrest accelerating decline of the world's environment. The report, World Resources 2002-2004: Decisions for the Earth—Balance, Voice, and Power, stresses that these changes are urgently needed in order to arrest the accelerating deterioration of the world’s environment and to meet the needs of the poor.
Thursday 10 Jul 2003
New State of the Environment for Serbia and Montenegro online
Today a new electronic 'State of the Environment in 2000 and priorities in 2001+ for Serbia 2003' was published. This report represents an overview of the state of the environment in the Republic of Serbia and, to a larger extent, in Serbia and Montenegro. The report was produced with support from GRID-Arendal.
Monday 23 Jun 2003
Steinar Sorensen is new GRID-Arendal director
Managing Director at AkerKvaernerGEO will lead GRID-Arendal the next two years.
Monday 23 Jun 2003
AEO wins prestigious American library prize
The American Library Association has this week awarded UNEP's African Environment Outlook (AEO) report the "Eminent Government Documents" for 2002. Ecotourism and Sustainable Sports Management were two other UNEP publications in the run-up for the prize. GRID-Arendal has participated in the core production and has created the Internet version of the report.
Thursday 19 Jun 2003
Kofi Annan: the GVU will bridge the digital divide
Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary General, emphasised in a statement to the GVU opening June 17th in Arendal that the GVU is a fine example of bridging the digital gap in the world.
Wednesday 18 Jun 2003
Prime Minister Bondevik opened the Global Virtual University (GVU)
Virtual doors are open for international university with a focus on development and environment. Administered by GRID-Arendal together with core partners the United Nations University, the United Nations Environment Programme and Agder University College.
Tuesday 17 Jun 2003
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