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  • Interview: Jens Peter Holst-Andersen, Chair of EPPR

    2017-08-14 08:21:49

    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 Jens Peter Holst-Andersen of the Kingdom of Denmark, the new Chair of Working Group EPPR (Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response).

  • Interview: Ulrik Westman, Chair of ACAP

    2017-08-08 08:22:25

    Ulrik Westman chaired the Arctic Council Working Group ACAP during the U.S. Chairmanship (2015-2017), and has stayed on as the group’s Chair for the Finnish Chairmanship (2017-2019). In the interview below, read some of his thoughts as he looks back to ACAP’s past two years, and ahead to its bright future.

  • New Observer: Oceana

    2017-07-31 07:38:00

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, Oceana was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know Oceana and its Arctic connections in the interview below.

  • New Observer: ICES

    2017-07-27 07:37:00

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, ICES - the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea - was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know ICES and its Arctic connections in the interview below.

  • New Observer: National Geographic Society

    2017-07-24 07:37:00

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, the National Geographic Society was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know the Society and its Arctic connections below.

  • New Observer: OSPAR

    2017-07-20 07:36:00

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, OSPAR was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know OSPAR and its Arctic connections in the interview below.

  • New Observer: World Meteorological Organization

    2017-07-17 07:36:00

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know the WMO and its Arctic connections in the interview below.

  • Interview: Cynthia Jacobson, Chair of CAFF

    2017-07-13 07:35:00

    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 Cindi Jacobson of the United States, the new Chair of Working Group CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna).

  • Interview: Marianne Kroglund, Chair of AMAP

    2017-07-10 07:34:00

    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 Marianne Kroglund of Norway, the new Chair of Working Group AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme).

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    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.

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    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.