Past Chairmanships News

  • Picture: About 160 people attended the SAO meeting in Luleå

    Successful Meeting in Luleå

    2011-11-10 10:37:38

    The first SAO meeting organized under the Swedish Chairmanship was a success. Approximately 160 people attended the meeting which took place at the Luleå Technical University 8-9 November. Meeting participants were welcomed on Tuesday morning by a personal video greeting from Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt. Arctic Council Chair Gustaf Lind then opened the meeting with general information about the goals and working procedures for the Swedish Chairmanship period.

  • Photo by NEXTORS/flickr (Creative Commons) "Road from Luleå to Bensbyn"

    Next stop: Luleå

    2011-08-26 19:30:00

    The Swedish Chairmanship 2011-2013 

    From 12 May 2011 Sweden is chairing the Arctic Council. In its chairmanship programme, Sweden intends to focus on several issues such as prevention of oil emissions, climate change, resilience, biodiversity and environmental protection.

    Concerning the peoples in the Arctic, Sweden intends to listen to the views of the Arctic indigenous peoples, focus on languages and food safety, among others.

  • Cover of strategy with photo of a dog-sledding team

    Denmark, Greenland and Faroe Islands Adopt New Strategy for the Arctic for 2011-2020

    2011-08-24 14:54:00

    Monday 22 August 2011 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lene Espersen, the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Kaj Leo Johannesen, and Premier for the Government of Greenland, Kuupik Kleist, presented Denmark's strategy for the Arctic from 2011 to 2020. It has been elaborated by Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

  • Picture of Andreas von Uexküll (center) and Paola Albornoz from the Swedish delegation discuss with Finland's Arctic Ambassador Hannu Halinen. Photo: Joakim Larsson

    Arctic negotiations under way

    2011-05-10 14:01:30

    A cool Arctic sun shone down on the Katuaq Cultural Centre in Greenland’s capital as talks between the countries of the Arctic Council got under way on Monday. 

  • Photo of Swedish SAO Chair Gustaf Lind.

    Sweden on work in the Arctic: “The Council must be able to react”

    2011-05-10 13:43:24

    Sweden stands ready to take over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council when the meeting of foreign ministers concludes in Nuuk, Greenland, this week. The five Nordic countries, together with the United States, Russia, Canada and representatives of indigenous peoples will discuss momentous changes in the climate and in the life of those who live in the region – and what to do if an environmental disaster occurs in the Arctic.

  • Picture of Nuuk Cultural Centre.

    Nuuk Prepares to Welcome Ministers

    2011-05-03 13:59:49

    The 7th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting is fast approaching. The meeting takes place in Katuaq, the Nuuk Cultural Center, on 12 May 2011.