The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is an official observer at the Arctic Council, a multi-lateral body established in 1996 composed of the eight Arctic nation states, six Indigenous Peoples organizations and about 30 state and non-state observers.
As UNEP's designated Polar Centre, GRID-Arendal represents UNEP in the Arctic Council as an Observer. In addition the Centre works with the different Arctic Council working groups, such as AMAP, CAFF and SDWG (pollution, conservation and sustainable development).
Examples of specific activities are the participation in the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP), the coordination of spatial data management (including the Arctic Portal) and the development of plans for follow-up to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.
GRID-Arendal involvement: Ongoing
Contact: Lawrence Hislop
Photo: The Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) meeting in session, Faroe Islands, October 2010.
Credit: Lawrence Hislop