UN Secretary-General to visit Norwegian Arctic

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


Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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