Meet the U.S. Chairmanship Team

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic

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Hon. Fran Ulmer

Hon. Fran Ulmer

Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State on Arctic Science and Policy

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Ambassador David Balton

Ambassador David Balton

Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials

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Julia Gourley

Julia Gourley

U.S. Senior Arctic Official

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Dr. Nikoosh Carlo

Dr. Nikoosh Carlo

Senior Advisor to the SAO Chair

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Dr. Adrianna Muir

Dr. Adrianna Muir

Deputy Senior Arctic Official

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Nomi Seltzer

Nomi Seltzer

Arctic Affairs Advisor

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Erin Robertson

Erin Robertson

Arctic Press and Public Affairs Officer

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Matthew Kastrinsky

Matthew Kastrinsky

Administrative Officer

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U.S. Chairmanship News

  • Image of meeting participants

    Wrap-up: EPPR meetings in Montreal

    2016-07-21 16:32:59

    “We covered so much ground here, and it was great to sense so much progress being made in these important areas." - EPPR Chair Amy Merten

  • Ratification completed for agreement on oil pollution preparedness and response

    2016-06-06 12:45:27

    Although workshops and exercises have been conducted under the “Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic” since 2014, the formal ratification process was completed in late March 2016.

  • Arctic Council Advances Work on Arctic Issues

    2016-03-17 02:14:00

    At a meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 15-17, the Arctic Council gathered Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) from the eight Arctic States, and the six Permanent Participant organizations representing indigenous peoples of the Arctic, to address ongoing efforts on a range of topics of high importance for the Arctic.

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    Interview with Roberta Burns, SDWG Chair

    2016-03-04 12:50:16

    Read an interview with Roberta Burns, the Chair of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

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    Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials Gather in Fairbanks, Alaska

    2016-03-01 15:59:24

    The Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and indigenous Permanent Participant organizations will meet in Fairbanks, Alaska on 16-17 March 2016 to discuss the Council’s projects, structure and functioning, as well as its future work. The United States currently holds the rotating Chairmanship of the Council, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

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    Interview: Telecommunications Task Force Co-Chairs

    2015-11-11 10:09:40

    The Arctic Council's Task Force on Telecommunications Infrastructure in the Arctic (TFTIA) was established at the Iqaluit 2015 Ministerial Meeting and held its first meeting in September 2015. We spoke with the co-chairs, Bo Andersen (Norway) and Niels Andersen (Kingdom of Denmark) about their backgrounds and expectations for the work of the Task Force.

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    Interviews with co-chairs of the Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation

    2015-10-29 13:50:53

    The Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation (TFAMC) was established at the 2015 Arctic Council ministerial meeting to assess the future needs for a mechanism for increased cooperation in Arctic marine areas.

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    Senior Arctic Officials’ Meeting Advances Arctic Council Agenda

    2015-10-23 14:15:18

    Representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) met in Anchorage, Alaska on October 20-22, 2015 to advance the work of the Arctic Council.

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    Senior Arctic Officials Meet in Anchorage, Alaska

    2015-10-13 19:34:34

    On 20-22 October 2015, the Arctic Council will convene in Anchorage, Alaska, for its first plenary meeting since the United States assumed the Chairmanship of the Council.  The meeting brings together the Arctic States, Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples), Working Groups and Observers.

  • Martin Forsius posing in boat with fish he has recently caught

    Interview with Martin Forsius, AMAP Chair

    2015-08-12 15:02:58

    Read an interview with Martin Forsius, the new Chair of AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme), an Arctic Council Working Group…

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    First meeting of SAOs during U.S. Chairmanship

    2015-06-17 16:18:00

    On 16-17 June 2015 in Washington, D.C., Senior Arctic Officials, Permanent Participants and Working Groups met to begin moving forward with the Arctic Council's program for 2015-17...

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    Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change

    2015-06-04 12:56:00

    The last of three thematic pillars of the United States Chairmanship program is “Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change”…

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    Arctic Ocean Safety, Security & Stewardship

    2015-05-26 14:12:56

    At the 9th Arctic Council ministerial meeting, held in Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada in April 2015, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister for the Arctic Council, formally handed the Arctic Council Chairmanship to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, chair of the Arctic Council during the U.S. Chairmanship. On this occasion, Arctic ministers adopted an ambitious new work plan organized around three thematic pillars. The second of these – Arctic Ocean safety, security & stewardship – is addressed by numerous elements of the Council’s work plan for the years ahead.

  • John F. Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister for the Arctic Council, and The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada meet with Inuit residents in Iqaluit, April 2015.

    Improving Economic & Living Conditions for Arctic Communities

    2015-05-20 07:28:09

    The first of three thematic pillars of the United States Chairmanship program is “Improving Economic & Living Conditions for Arctic Communities”…

  • Group photo of Arctic Council Secretariat staff with SAO chair David Balton

    SAO Chair David Balton visits Tromsø

    2015-05-13 15:55:08

    As the United States’ Chairmanship of the Arctic Council picks up steam, the new Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Ambassador David Balton, and Senior Advisor Dr. Nikoosh Carlo paid a visit to the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS) in Tromsø, Norway. After a day of concentrated discussions with ACS staff, the group took a ride up Tromsø’s cable car to Fløya – Tromsø’s nearest mountain – for a great view of the town and its beautiful surroundings. Ambassador Balton even took a moment to demonstrate his juggling skill.

  • Video interviews with outgoing and incoming SAO Chairs

    2015-04-22 14:55:00

    On the eve of the Iqaluit Ministerial Meeting, current SAO Chair Vincent Rigby and incoming SAO Chair David Balton spoke about memories of the past two years and expectations for the future...