The first United Nations event on “The Challenge of Declining Ice and Snow and How We Can Respond to It. Impact on Fresh Water Resources, Natural Hazards, Livelihoods and Ecosystems” took place on May 31, in New York. “The proposed response is our Ice Circle Initiative and the Celebrating Glaciers campaign,” said Founding Director of Vox Naturae Pall A. Davidsson.
The Ice Circle Initiative was presented by Dr. Letitia Obeng, former Chair of the Global Water Partnership. The Ice Circle is a platform enabling multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional and transboundary participation in addressing the impact of changing snow and ice regimes. It will bring together leaders from government, civil society, business and academia concerned with the water, ice and climate change challenge. The specific aim of this initiative is to bring the cryosphere agenda into the mainstream dialogue of water, Short-lived Climate-forcing Pollutants (SLCPs), development and their related action plans.
Vox Naturae’s response to the challenge of declining ice and snow is the Celebrating Glaciers campaign, which was presented by Davidsson. Through events combining art, science and nature, Vox Naturae will raise awareness about the dramatic consequences of the melting ice to stimulate a response to address the changes.
The event was organised by Vox Naturae, the Global Water Partnership and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Permanent Missions of Finland, Hungary, Tajikistan and Thailand – the members of the Steering Committee of the Water Friends Group, the World Bank, and WMO.