Many Strong Voices was born at the climate change negotiations in Montreal, December 2005, out of a need for joint efforts to raise awareness about the effects of climate change in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), two of the world's most vulnerable regions. Since then, Many Strong Voices has worked to bring together over 20 organisations from these two regions to take collaborative and strategic actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation at the local, regional and international level.
Many Strong Voices' activities are developing along a number of parallel tracks, including research, assessment, networking facilitation, support to regions and communities, communication and outreach, and action on climate change mitigation.
Fishing hole in the ice, Ummannaq, Greenland. © Lawrence Hislop
Together, these activities respond to three core objectives of MSV, which are to:
Build a stronger voice in international negotiations
MSV is working to increase collaboration and build capacity in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States, so that the people in these vulnerable regions have a stronger voice in negotiating international and national measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as developing and implementing adaptation strategies at the local, national regional and international levels.
Raise awareness about the effects of climate change on vulnerable regions
MSV is working to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on vulnerable regions in general, and on the Arctic and Small Island Developing States in particular.
Increase understanding of the needs, solutions, and practical measures for adaptation
MSV is working to develop community-driven comparative and integrated research on the socio-economic and natural conditions that shape vulnerability and capacity to adapt to climate change. It is also undertaking practical, on-the-ground projects on adaptation in coastal communities in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States.
Further information on current and past activities
The Activities page outlines some of the current activities of the programme.