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Aust-Agder County and Arendal Municipality support the UN house
GRID-Arendal received news about yet another kind donation yesterday for the future UN house in Arendal. From 2003 to 2007 GRID-Arendal will receive a yearly donation for the building in Arendal centre. The donation comes from the Aust-Agder County in Norway and is backed up by an unanimious vote from Arendal city council that intents to provide a ten million NoK (about 1,4 million USD) interest free loan. The final decision to provide the loan will be taken in August. The money from Aust-Agder is to be spent on increasing the UN profile in the region.
Tuesday 17 Jun 2003
UNEP: Treaty on international trade in GMOs to become law
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety will enter into force in September.
Friday 13 Jun 2003
UNEP: Young Environmentalists Meet in Russia to Agree on Actions for a Better Planet
An elite group of young people will be converging on the Russian city of Dubna in August to share their passions for a greener, cleaner world and to draw up action plans for realising an environmentally-friendly future.
Wednesday 11 Jun 2003
New GVU flyer
A short appetizing flyer about the Global Virtual University (GVU) is now available. The flyer briefly explains about the university and comes with a demo course on the Global Environment Outlook on CD-ROM. The flyer will be available from the GVU web site.
Friday 06 Jun 2003
GA Stockholm office co-hosts Food and Climate seminar today
Lena Sommestad, the Swedish Minister for the Environment and Svein Tveitdal, UNEP divisional director will be two of the speakers at the GA Stockholm office's seminar Food and Climate co-hosted with, among others, the Swedish UN Association, Coop and the City of Stockholm to celebrate World Environment Day today.
Thursday 05 Jun 2003
UNEP Urges Action to Better Manage the Globe’s Groundwaters
Many of the world’s “natural underground reservoirs” upon which two billion people depend for drinking water and irrigation are under increasing stress and strain, a new report launched on World Environment Day (WED) shows.
Thursday 05 Jun 2003
Towards sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region
This long looked-for product of many months of intense work of the entire Baltic 21 network delivers comprehensive information regarding sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region and addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development - environmental, economic and social.
Thursday 05 Jun 2003
UNEP: Shopping for a better world
From the cat-walk to the consumer the world’s leading fashion designers and retail giants could play a major role in saving the planet. UNEP targets them in a new initiative.
Wednesday 04 Jun 2003
New initiative to combat growing global menace of environmental crime
UNEP launches “Green Customs” project to help customs officers beat illegal trade in chemicals, hazardous wastes and endangered species.
Monday 02 Jun 2003
Bondevik to open the GVU in June
Kjell Magne Bondevik, the Norwegian Prime Minister, is to open the GVU at GRID-Arendal at an offical opening ceremony June 17. You can follow the opening live on the GVU web site.
Wednesday 28 May 2003
New e-Learner out
The GVU has launched the second edition of the newsletter: The e-Learner, analysing the e-Learning pedagogical approach of the GVU as well as presenting partners and events. The newsletter can be read and downloaded from the GVU web site.
Monday 26 May 2003
Green Lawyers Among Winners of UNEP Environment Awards
A Briton who championed the cause of the great apes and the rhino before tragically dying in an air crash is among this year’s winners of the prestigious UNEP Global 500 Award.
Monday 26 May 2003
New treaty on the Carpathian region will protect Europe’s largest remaining wilderness
Ministers from Central and Eastern Europe have adopted and signed a major new environmental agreement in Kiev today that will conserve Europe’s greatest reserve of untouched forests and large carnivores while benefiting isolated mountain communities and promoting the region’s continuing economic transition.
Thursday 22 May 2003
Thirteen Environmental Stories from Central Asia (pdf-file)
Future nuclear burial sites, radioactive scrap metal and bees in Kasakhstan are some of the 13 environmental stories that can be read in the new GRID-Arendal booklet: Thirteen Environmental Stories from Central Asia. The booklet has been written by Central Asian journalists, officials and environmental activists in order to captivate the real sentiments, fears and frustrations of people 'on the ground'.
Wednesday 21 May 2003
New report on environment and security in Central Asia and South Eastern Europe
A new report accesses the relation between environment and security in Central Asia. It looks at how environmental degradation and resource scarcity do not lead to conflict directly but they can contribute to accelerating already existing political, social crises and instability. The report has been produced by UNEP, UNDP and OSCE and GRID-Arendal has produced the maps and graphics.
Wednesday 21 May 2003
Virtual media tour now on CD-ROM
A guided virtual media tour on environmental issues in Central & Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia is now available on CD-ROM. GRID-Arendal has produced the CD-ROM which also provides a range of environmental stories from this area, a photo archive and contact details to local authorities.
Wednesday 21 May 2003
Closer Cooperation on Climate Change Agreed Between UNEP and Finland
A strengthened relationship between Finland and UNEP was announced today with new agreements signed in areas including pollution prevention, climate change, air quality monitoring and education.
Tuesday 13 May 2003
New Vital Graphics Package
Two out of every three people will live in water stressed areas by 2025. Major glaciers such as on Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya are melting. Such are some of the many future and present global water and climate trends that this new GRID-Arendal Vital Graphics Package highlights. The three graphics compilations focus on water, climate and climate in Africa. All graphics highlight causes, effects, trends and threats facing our world today.
Monday 05 May 2003
UNEP applauds environment decision by Commission on Human Rights
The United Nations Environment Programme welcomes today’s decision by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights emphasizing the strong link between human rights and a healthy environment.
Friday 25 Apr 2003
UNEP outlines strategy for protecting people and the environment in post-war Iraq
A new report by UNEP on environmental conditions in Iraq offers a preliminary assessment of the main environmental threats facing Iraq.
Thursday 24 Apr 2003
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