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The Ministry of Environment signs agreement with UNEP on GRID-Arendal

The Norwegian Ministry of Environment has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on continued cooperation and support to GRID-Arendal for the next 10 years.  The MoU confirms GRID-Arendal's status as a "Centre of Excellence on Polar and Cryosphere Issues," and as a key partner for UNEP.

Note: The Ministry of the Environment issued this press release in Norwegian on February 1st. The English translation was carried out by GRID-Arendal

Internationally GRID-Arendal is recognised for delivering high quality environmental information, particularly in relation to marine and arctic issues.  Since 2007 GRID-Arendal has been responsible for the UNEP Shelf Programme, a global initiative to implement important elements of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in developing countries.

Good environmental policies must be scientifically grounded and based on current knowledge, analysis and information about the state of the environment.  GRID-Arendal is an important partner for UNEP in this work. UNEP's global state of the environment report, the Global Environmental Outlook, is among the world's most cited environmental reports, and GRID-Arendal's contribution to these reports has proved essential.

It is important to ensure good linkages between knowledge, information dissemination, opinion forming, policy development, and implementation of environmental policies.  In two weeks, the Norwegian Minister of Environment, Bård Vegar Solhjell, will travel to Nairobi to attend UNEP’s Global Ministerial Environment Forum. UNEP's role as a supplier of knowledge, among other things, will be high on the agenda.

For more on the ministerial forum:

Se also the Norwegian Ministry of Environment (English pages)

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