THE ARCTIC ENVIRONMENT: SECOND MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE
16 SEPTEMBER 1993 – NUUK GREENLAND
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
(Taken from this report, beginning on page 12)
EMERGENCY PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
The Ministers noted with satisfaction that the eight Arctic Countries have embarked upon cooperative action on emergency prevention, preparedness and response in the Arctic and endorsed the recommendations presented in the progress report. A list of contact points and a reporting system have been established for notification and mutual assistance in the Arctic area.
The Ministers requested the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group, led by Sweden,
- to complete, by the end of 1994, the inventory and qualitative risk assessment for facilities or activities that may pose a risk of significant accidental pollution;
- to propose, as a supplement to existing international agreements, adequate arrangements for prevention, preparedness and response in those parts of the Arctic area where regional or bilateral cooperation is not in place;
- to improve cooperation in the field of research and development related to emergency prevention, preparedness and response through existing cold-climate mechanisms such as the Arctic Marine Oil Spill Program (AMOP);
- to promote mutual aid mechanisms for assessment of and response to emergencies;
- to consider further cooperative measures in the field of emergency prevention, preparedness and response. This would include the involvement of indigenous peoples.
The Ministers welcomed the generous offer of the United States to host the next meeting of this group in 1994.