AMAP programme and activities

AMAP Secretariat: Covid-19 Situation Information Update

March 20, 2020

Secretariat Status

The AMAP Secretariat are currently following advice from the Fram Centre and are working from home.

Phone contacts: The central Secretariat number may be unmanned – for general enquiries please send an e-mail to [email protected]; for ongoing work, Secretariat members can be reached on their mobile/home phones and via their individual e-mail addresses (see the AMAP Contacts page).

Mail handling: Normal post and parcel deliveries will be received at the Fram Centre mail office and collected periodically; there may be some delays in reading mail so please notify the Secretariat by e-mail ([email protected]) regarding any urgent matters involving post. Special deliveries including courier shipments and shipments requiring signing will be handled on a case-by-case basis; please contact the Secretariat by e-mail to make arrangements for handling special deliveries.

Meeting Status

We are keeping all planned meetings under review; this includes considering national travel restrictions, in particular those imposed by relevant host countries. Since these conditions are updated and changing at short-notice we will do our best to make decisions that protect the health of our colleagues while, to the extent possible, also allowing ongoing work to continue as planned.

For all meetings in the period until at least end-June, if making travel arrangements we advise that you purchase tickets and make hotel bookings that can be refunded or cancelled without penalty – see also relevant travel advisories and insurance conditions, etc.

The following list covers meetings arranged by AMAP in the period to end-June 2020; please consult this list regularly for further updates:

AMAP Litter and Microplastics Expert Group (20 April, Reykjavik): Physical meeting cancelled and re-arranged as a tele-meeting (timing and connection instructions will be circulated later).

AMAP Climate Expert Group meeting (21-23 April, Helsinki): Re-arranged as a tele-meeting (timing and connection instructions will be circulated later).

AMAP HoDs (28-30 April, Helsinki): Physical meeting cancelled and re-arranged as a tele-meeting (timing and connection instructions will be circulated later).

AMAP POPs Expert Group POPs/CC interactions assessment drafting meeting (7-9 May, Dublin): Physical meeting cancelled and re-arranged as a tele-meeting(s).

AMAP Mercury Expert Group assessment drafting meeting (20-22 May, Montreal): Physical meeting cancelled and re-arranged as a tele-meeting(s).

SLCF Expert Group assessment drafting meeting (7-9 June, Oslo): Physical meeting cancelled and re-arranged as a tele-meeting(s) (timing and connection instructions will be circulated later).

Contaminants-Human health workshop (24-25 June, Sandbjerg): Postponed to a date to be decided.