GRID Polar Division News

Norwegian parliamentary delegation visit UNEP Polar centre
Morten Høglund and Eirik Sivertsen, Leader and Deputy Leader respectively of the Norwegian government's delegation to the Arctic Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, met with Polar staff and discussed current activities underway within the Polar Programme.
Monday 19 Sep 2011
Youth in the south Pacific have a voice on climate change in their communities
Pictorial banners created by the youth from islands of the South Pacific are focusing on the effects of climate change in their lives.
Friday 19 Aug 2011
Climate Champions return from the Arctic with a strong message and joint projects to drive action on climate change
From 25th June to 3rd July, 17 young people from 11 European countries and Canada participated in an Arctic Climate Training onboard a ship sailing around Svalbard during which they experienced first-hand the rapid changes affecting the Arctic. The participants between the ages of 20 and 30 examined the environmental, geo-political and socio-cultural impacts of climate change and return to their countries with greater motivation, commitment and a network to drive understanding and action on how and why we need to become more environmentally responsible citizens.
Tuesday 26 Jul 2011
The UNEP Nomadic Herders project held a workshop in Mongolia from June 17 - 30
The main goals of the workshop were to assess the impacts of land-use change and climate change on nomadic pastoralist and their adaptation options and opportunities, comparing reindeer herders in the Arctic taiga (boreal forest of Far East Russia and Mongolia) and reindeer herders in Lapland.
Tuesday 26 Jul 2011
Nomadic Herders' Initiative presented at the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues
18 May 2011: Kathrine Johnsen from GRID-Arendal co-hosted a workshop on Nomadic Herders’ Adaptation to Globalization: the Case of Reindeer Husbandry together with the Association of World Reindeer Herders, at the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples in New York.
Monday 23 May 2011
Nuuk Declaration includes first legally-binding agreement under the Arctic Council
12 May 2011: The Nuuk Declaration, which includes the first legally-binding agreement under the auspices of the Arctic Council to cooperate in search and rescue efforts in the Arctic, was adopted at the Seventh Ministerial Meeting in Nuuk, Greenland.
Monday 16 May 2011
Aspen Institute releases Arctic report "Our Shared Future"
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Friday 25 Mar 2011
Specialists Meet to Develop an International Monitoring Plan for Polar Bears
Twenty-two scientists, managers and community experts from Russia, Norway, Canada, Greenland and the United States met in Edmonton, Canada on February 19th to 21st, 2011 to develop a Pan-Arctic Monitoring Plan for Polar Bears.
Wednesday 09 Mar 2011
Climate Change and POPs: Predicting the Impacts
Nairobi - 21 February: Climate change increases the planet’s vulnerability to highly toxic chemicals, according to a global study released jointly by the Stockholm Secretariat and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) at the UNEP Governing Council on Monday.
Thursday 24 Feb 2011
Students send a message to the world's Environment Ministers: Protect the Poles, Protect the Planet
Students visiting Antarctica send a message to the 100 or more environment ministers gathering in Nairobi this week for UNEP's 26th Governing Council. Their message to world environment leaders is simple: Protect the Poles, Protect the Planet.
Wednesday 23 Feb 2011