ICIMOD delegates participate in GRID-Ardenal event in Norway


A half-day programme on ICIMOD and the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) was held in Arendal, Norway on 14 August 2014. The programme was part of a side event titled ‘Cold Regions: Hot Topics’, organized on the occasion of GRID-Arendal’s 25th anniversary during Arendal Week (Arendalsuka), Norway’s premier political event. During the programme, senior representatives of ICIMOD, Dr David Molden (Director General), Dr Eklabya Sharma, Nand Kishor Agrawal and Suman Bisht, gave presentations on climate change and adaptation in the HKH and ICIMOD’s work in the region. 

Two ICIMOD knowledge products were launched during the programme – a report titled ‘The Last Straw: Food Security in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and the Additional Burden of Climate Change’, and ‘Scaling Mountains, Gaining Heights’, a documentary on women’s leadership filmed during Bhutan+10.

The GRID-Arendal event was attended by high-level politicians, civil society and business representatives from within and outside Norway. Attendees included Mr Børge Brende, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP. Arendal Week is Norway’s top summer political event and brings together important national actors in politics, society and business for informal discussions every year.

On 12 August, the delegation from ICIMOD held a workshop titled ‘Enhancing resilience of mountain communities in the Hindu Kush Himalayas: Meet ICIMOD and its Norwegian Partners’ at the office of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), alongside partners from CICERO, GRID-Arendal, NVE and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu. Many top bureaucrats and professionals from Norad and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the session to learn about ICIMOD’s work in the HKH and its collaboration with Norway.

During their visit, ICIMOD delegation met with high-level Norwegian officials and current and potential Norwegian partners. These included State Secretary Morten Høglund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the hydropower company Statkraft, which leads Norwegian domestic and foreign hydropower; Executive Secretary of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Working Group of the Arctic Council, Lars-Otto Reiersen; the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), an independent research institute focusing on political and legal science in environmental issues; Special Advisor to the Polar Issue Else Berit Eikeland of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). The meetings helped ICIMOD identify potential new partnerships and areas of future collaboration with Norway and the Arctic.