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World Environment Day

Norway was host for the main international celebrations of the World Environment Day, 3 - 5 June 2007. His Royal Highness The Crown Prince attended the first day of celebrations on Sunday, which started with a non-denominational church service in the Arctic Cathedral.


The event focused on climate change, and was entitled Melting ice – a hot topic. The celebrations were held in Tromsø in Northern Norway.

The Arctic Cathedral

Three bishops conducted the church service; Desmond Tutu, Per Oscar Kjølaas and Sofie Petersen. Guests from all around the world gave testimony as to how climate change is already influencing everyday life.

Melting ice from Spitsbergen was placed both inside and outside the cathedral. After the service, a procession walked down to the water’s edge, where archbishop Simon of Murmansk blessed the water.

Children’s art exhibition

The awards to the winners of the best drawings depicting climate change were another highlight. Some 13,000 children from all over the world have participated in the drawing competition initiated by UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme. The competition was open to children aged 6 to 14, and the winners were invited to the event in Tromsø.

Crown Prince Haakon awarded the prizes to eight regional and one global winner. A selection of the drawings will be on display at Tromsø Museum this summer.


The evening culminated in a televised gala performance.

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