UN Secretary-General to visit Norwegian Arctic

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon onstage during Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day on April 18  in Washington, DC. (Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon onstage during Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day on April 18 in Washington, DC. (Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit the the Arctic next week as part of a trip to Norway.

Ban Ki-moon leaves for the Oslo Summit on Education for Development on July 5.

He leaves for the Svalbard, the Norwegian Arctic archipelago, on July 7th where he will travel on the RV Lance, a Norwegian research vessel used mostly in the Arctic.

With the United Nations Climate Change Conference coming up in November, the UN’s top diplomat will talk to scientists about climate issues and the see how they are affecting the Arctic first hand, according to a UN press briefing

On a previous trip to Svalbard in 2009, Ban said he was ‘alarmed’ at the effect global warming was having on the region’s glaciers.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  Report spotlights rapid glacier melt in Canada and Alaska, Radio Canada International

Greenland: Field notes from Greenland – From the glacier to the sea, Blog by Mia Bennett

Russia:  Arctic methane: time bomb or “boogeyman”?, Analysis from Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

Sweden: Swedish waters rising faster than global average, Radio Sweden

United States:  Arctic Alaska coastal erosion rates among worst in U.S. : report, Alaska Dispatch News

 

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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