Arctic – A Messenger for Global Change 30 November 2011ClimateSwedenArctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme The Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, along with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and Greenland, will present a side event on current environmental trends in the Arctic during the COP17/CMP7 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Durban, South Africa. The program will consist of presentations from experts on subjects such as the Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) report, Short-Lived Climate Forcers (SLCF), and vulnerable populations in the Arctic. In conclusion there will also be a panel discussion on global and regional environmental consequences and necessary actions. The side event will be held Tuesday 6 December 13:15—14:45 in the Apies River Room of the Durban Exhibition Centre. For more details on the speakers please view the side event program.