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GRID-Arendal participated in Arendalsuka 2013

Arendalsuka is an annual forum organized by the Municipality of Arendal and attended by national and local representatives of politic parties, businesses and the private sector to present ideas and answer questions on a wide range of political, social, cultural and environmental issues.  The goal of Arendalsuka is to contribute to public debate and to provide targeted information and analysis that can inform policy and attempts to modify public opinion or behavior.

GRID-Arendal took part and hosted a number of events during the week in collaboration with UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, Fokus, and FN-sambandet.  These events took place at the UN Tent and at the recently opened GRID-Arendal Communication Centre at the GRID-House.

Programme of Events:

Thursday,  8.august

12.00-12.30  Opening of the UN Tent
1215-1245  Jorden rundt på 8 sanger (Around the world with 8 songs) – A musical workshop with Solveig Kjølberg. UN Tent
1:00p.m. -  1:15 p.m. Talk: development and gender equality by Maria K. GothNet, Young Conservatives. UN Tent
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m Seminar on low emissions with Environment Minister Bård Vegard Solhjell, Deputy General Secretary of UNDP Olav Kjørven, WWF General Secretary Nina Jensen, Parliament representative Eirin Sund (Arbeidetparti) and representative Nikolai Astrup (Høyre). GRID-Arendal Communication Centre
10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Development Quiz with live jazz. Quiz Master is Olav Kjørven.  Quiz Duel: Parliament representative Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (Christian Democrats) and State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arvinn Gadgil (SV) GRID-Arendal Communication Centre

Friday,  9.august

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Seminar on the role of business in development policy. Participants: Peter Gitmark (Høyre) Alf E. Holmelid (SV) and  North Fund Director Kjell Roland.  GRID-Arendal Communication Centre
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Jorden rundt på 8 sanger (Around the world with 8 songs) – A musical workshop with Solveig Kjølberg. UN Tent
1:00 p.m. -  1:15 p.m. Talk:  Development and Gender Equality  by Benjamin Grønvold, Vest-Agder county representative. UN Tent
2:00 p.m. -  2:15 p.m. Talk: Development and Gender Equality by Parliament representative Snorre Valen (SV)
6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Live steaming of TEDX Arendal. GRID-Arendal Communication Centre

Saturday,  10.august

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Yes to the UN appeal mechanism for children by  Trine Skei Grande, Party leader (L).  UN Tent
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Jorden rundt på 8 sanger (Around the world with 8 songs) – A musical workshop with Solveig Kjølberg UN Tent
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. FN – hemsko eller pådriver? Short Debate: Anna Tresse (SU) and Himanshu Gulati, Chairman (FpU). UN Tent
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Én som bryr seg kan være nok. (One who cares can be enough.) UNICEFs Kristin Oudmayer presents the project "Du kan være den ene".  UN Tent

Sunday,  11.august

11:00  a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Talk: Development and Gender Equality by Elisabeth Løland, Leader of KrFU. UN Tent
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Launch of UNICEF’s school campaign, "Our Teacher" by Education Minister Kristin Halvorsen. UN Tent

Monday,  12.august

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The role of Arendal in local, national and regional environmental policy: A dialogue between GRID-Arendal, the UN Association of Norway and politicans. GRID-Arendal Communication-Centre
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. The lack of legal protection for children exposed to violence and sexual assault by Anne Lindboe, Child Ombudsman. UN tent
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Which party has the best UN policy? FN-Sambandet presents its review of the programmes of the various political parties. UN Tent

Tuesday,  13.august

12.30 p.m. - 12.45 p.m. Sjumilssteget-a joint effort to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the municipalities in Norway by Svein Ludvigsen, County Governor of Troms. UN tent

In collaboration with the Scream from Nature Project, GRID-Arendal organized a Scream from Nature with electronic waste from 7 - 8 August.  


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