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  • Portrait of Aleksi Härkönen

    Interview: Ambassador Aleksi Härkönen, SAO Chair

    2017-06-27 08:27:38

    When the Arctic Council Chairmanship passed from the United States to Finland in May of 2017, Ambassador Aleksi Härkönen assumed the role of Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials (SAO Chair), charged with overseeing the Arctic Council's work during the Finnish Chairmanship. Read the interview below to learn more about his background and thoughts on the upcoming years of the Council's work.

  • Job Announcement: Executive Secretary of AMAP

    2017-06-22 13:34:08

    The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Working Group is looking for an Executive Secretary to lead the AMAP Secretariat. The AMAP Working Group is one of six permanent working groups of the Arctic Council. The AMAP secretariat is located in Tromsø, Norway, and the deadline for applications is 25 August 2017.

  • Interview: Pekka Shemeikka, Chair of SDWG

    2017-06-20 08:43:39

    When the Arctic Council Chairmanship passed from the United States to Finland in May of 2017, the Arctic Council also welcomed new Chairs for several of the six Working Groups. In the interview below, get to know Pekka Shemeikka of Finland, the new Chair of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

  • 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress - 9-11 October 2018

    2017-06-15 11:58:15

    Join the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, and the Ministry of the Environment, Finland as they host the 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress on 9-11 October 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland.

  • Arctic Council Ministers meet, sign binding agreement on science cooperation, pass Chairmanship from U.S. to Finland

    2017-05-11 20:59:02

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, Ministers of the eight Arctic States and leaders from the six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to mark the passing of the Chairmanship from the U.S. to Finland. Ministers also signed the third binding agreement negotiated under the auspices of the Council.

  • 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting: a preview

    2017-05-08 13:39:19

    On 11 May 2017, the Foreign Ministers of the eight Arctic States will convene, together with delegations from the Council's indigenous Permanent Participant organizations, for the tenth biennial Arctic Council Ministerial meeting.

  • Significant new reports address Arctic cryosphere, adaptation, and chemicals

    2017-05-02 09:37:01

    Read about three significant new reports from AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme): a new 2017 update to "Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic"; three regional reports from the project Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic; and a report on chemicals of emerging Arctic concern.

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    The 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting

    2017-04-18 20:06:12

    On May 11, the United States will host the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Minister-level representatives from the eight Arctic States will convene to review and approve work completed under the two-year U.S. Chairmanship to improve sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

  • Arctic Council prepares for Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks

    2017-03-10 02:54:28

    Senior officials from the Arctic Council’s eight Member States and six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations (PPs) met in Juneau in preparation for the upcoming Fairbanks Ministerial meeting, which will take place in May 2017.

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    Workshop: Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups

    2017-02-24 11:12:19

    The third and final workshop of the Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups - Strengths United through Networks (RISING SUN) project is slated to take place in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada March 1-2, 2017.

  • Arctic Council logo

    Arctic Council officials to meet in Juneau to prepare for upcoming Ministerial meeting

    2017-02-22 11:51:01

    The Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participant organizations (PPs) will meet in Juneau, Alaska on 8-9 March 2017.  The Arctic Council’s SAOs and PPs will discuss and review the Council’s ongoing work, including programs and projects from the six Working Groups and other subsidiary bodies.

  • Picture of man and telescope

    Expanding local environmental observation efforts in the Arctic

    2017-02-07 09:28:00

    Arctic Council Working Group ACAP (Arctic Contaminants Action Program) is working to expand the local environmental observer network, currently operating in North America, around the circumpolar Arctic. Read about their recent workshop...

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    Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative Workshop in Singapore

    2017-01-11 14:02:52

    Arctic Council Working Group CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) convened a workshop on the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) East Asian-Australasian Flyway in Singapore, addressing major conservation issues for Arctic-breeding migratory birds in the flyway.

  • Arctic Resilience Assessment

    Arctic Resilience Report launched

    2016-11-30 12:26:57

    The Arctic Resilience Report, launched last Friday, 25 November, identifies 19 tipping points that can and have occurred in Arctic marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems.

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    Event summary: Sustainable Development Working Group meeting, October 2016

    2016-11-17 11:52:00

    The Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) met on 1-2 October, 2016 in Orono, Maine. The group focused on the progress of its projects and potential deliverables for 2017 Ministerial meeting.

  • Picture of an iceberg

    COP22 event: The Melting Arctic - a glimpse into the future of global climate change

    2016-11-10 16:17:10

    The event "The Melting Arctic: A glimpse into the future of global climate change" will be held in the U.S. center in the blue zone at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco on Friday, 11 November at 10:30 local time. Listen in as speakers from the science and policy communities discuss the most recent understanding of climate change impacts in the Arctic.

  • Portrait of Alison LeClaire

    Interview with Alison LeClaire, Senior Arctic Official for Canada

    2016-11-09 12:54:48

    The Arctic Council has recently welcomed three new Senior Arctic Officials: Hanne Eskjær (Kingdom of Denmark), Anniken Krutnes (Norway), and Alison LeClaire (Canada). In this interview, we speak with Alison LeClaire about her background and about her thoughts on her upcoming work with the Council.

  • Arctic Council advances environmental protection and sustainable development in Portland, Maine

    2016-10-06 19:01:00

    Senior officials from the Arctic Council’s eight member States and six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations (PPs) concluded their latest meeting in Portland, Maine on 6 October 2016.

  • Lighthouse in Maine

    Arctic Council officials to address climate change, scientific cooperation, and more in Portland, Maine

    2016-09-28 11:01:06

    The Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and indigenous Permanent Participant organizations (PPs) will meet in Portland, Maine on 5-6 October 2016 to discuss the Council’s ongoing work and future plans to address environmental issues and promote sustainable development in the Arctic.

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    Results of external review of SAON (Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks)

    2016-09-27 08:42:03

    SAON (Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks) was recently reviewed by an external committee, which looked at SAON's accomplishments and made recommendations for future directions.