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What is UNEA-2?

Most of the world agrees on what needs to be done: We need to deal with climate change. We have to stop wildlife poaching. We must protect the oceans and to improve the lives of many of the world’s most vulnerable people.

To take the action that’s needed, the world will gather in Nairobi, Kenya for the second United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-2) during the week of May 23rd. And GRID-Arendal will be there.

Our staff and partners are involved in critically important events and discussions about controlling plastic garbage in our oceans, how people are adapting to climate change in the Himalayas, and how to stop illegal logging and the destruction of some of our most important wildlife species. We’re also working on important reports on the African environment, and the how to connect gender and environmental decision making. See info graphic

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In the media

Ryddeaksjon under vann
I samarbeid med Arendal Undervannsklubb og Havforskningsinstituttet arrangerte GRID-Arendal og Hold Norge Rent en dykkeaksjon.
Løftet plastikksøppel opp til debatt
Plast i havet fikk stor oppmerksomhet av både klima- og miljøministeren og de grønne vaktbikkjene på Stortinget.
Den globale kampen mot marin forsøpling
17. august, kl 11:00-12:30 Teltscenen (fergekaia ved Tyholmen hotell)
En plastflaske bruker 450 år på å råtne
Kaster du en plastflaske i havet vil den fortsatt være der når ditt tipp-tipp-tıpp-tipp-tipp-tipp-tipp-tipp-tipp-tipp-tipp-tipp-tipp-tipp-tipp-oldebarn blir født.
GRID-Arendal's Elaine Baker talks about reefs with Huffington Post
Mesophotic Coral Reefs Could Help Marine Life Survive Bleaching They are one of the few remaining ecosystems on earth to remain largely unexplored.





Around UNEA

UNEP recaps UNEA-2, day 1, 2, 3

Peter Harris, Managing Director of GRID-Arendal, presenting on Oceans, Coastal areas and Marine Ecosystems

Fokus på marin forsøpling (Hold Norge Rent)

Clever Mafuta, Transboundary Waters Programme Leader, introduces the GEO-6 regional assessments at the Science Policy Forum

Wildlife crime just got personal. Give your name to change the game. Join Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder and Gisele Bundchen in the Wild For Life campaign



About GRID-Arendal

Staff

Peter Harris

Peter Harris

Managing Director
grida.no/peter

I will be attending the UNEA-2 meeting to promote GRID-Arendal’s contributions to UNEP’s programme of work with emphasis on the several side events that relate to our activities. 

Yannick Christian Beaudoin

Yannick C. Beaudoin

Chief Scientist
grida.no/yannick

I will be focusing my UNEA adventures on having good conversations with UNEP colleagues, country delegations and any other interested party. I look forward to being part of a vibrant Assembly energized by recent global agreements on climate and SDGs and marked by a leadership transition in UNEP. Time to make happen the Future We Want!

Clever Mafuta

Clever Mafuta

Programme Leader
grida.no/clever

I will present the key findings and policy messages of the GEO-6 Africa Regional Assessment during the science – policy dialogue, which takes place ahead of UNEA-2.

Tina H.P. Schoolmeester

Tina H.P. Schoolmeester

Project Manager
grida.no/tina

I’ve been invited by UNEP to join the launch of the Global Gender and Environment Outlook for which I was a lead author. I’m also contributing to the organisation of the side event on marine debris and microplastics and will also be representing GRID-Arendal (together with others) on Polar and Mountain Environments. 

Joan Fabres

Joan Fabres

Project Manager
grida.no/joan

I'm the microplastics guy! 

Ieva Rucevska

Ieva Rucevska

Project Manager
grida.no/ieva

I'm taking part in the side-event on illegal wildlife, iaison with UNEP focal points on environmental crime, share proposals and ideas, dialogues with country delegations. You can approach me on issues relating to waste management and environmental crime. 

Kathrine Ivsett Johnsen

Kathrine Ivsett Johnsen

Senior Expert
grida.no/kathrine

At UNEA, I will – together with representatives from a broad range of organizations – organize a side-event on sustainable pastoralism. Environmental management and local stewardship are issues close to my heart. Interested to learn more about the topic? Please check out the Nomadic Herders project and this story we have written about sustainable pastoralism. 

Valentin Vasilyevich Emelin

Valentin V. Emelin

Programme Leader
grida.no/valentin

I'm attending the scoping meeting of the GFEP rapid response assessment on illegal timber trade and a number of meetings on environmental crime (particularly on illegal mining, illegal logging and illegal wildlife trade) and on transboundary waters. I can be approached on the issues related to environmental crime, transboundary waters, caspian, access to environmental information in EECCA countries.

 

Ingvild Storm Stiland

Ingvild Storm Stiland

Junior Communications Officer
grida.no/ingvild

I'm attending #UNEA2 virtually and can help you connect with others and attend events through social media. Follow @GRIDArendal to get in on the action! I also take media request and questions related to content on this page.

 


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