Arctic Council

The leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic.

Who we are
"Northern World", painted by Ted Harrison for the inaguration of the Arctic Council in 1996.

Who we are

Expert groups and task forces carry out additional work.

Where we focus

How we work

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Agreements and cooperation

The establishment of the Arctic Council was considered an important milestone enhancing cooperation in the circumpolar North. In the Ottawa Declaration, the eight Arctic States established the Council as a high-level forum to provide means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States – including the full consultation and full involvement of Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants.

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Data and knowledge

At any given time the Council’s subsidiary bodies – the Working and Expert Groups – are engaged in close to 100 projects and initiatives.

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Monitoring

As the Arctic continues to experience a period of intense and accelerating change it has become increasingly important to have better information on the status and trends of the Arctic environment.

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Assessments

Through the ever-growing body of assessments produced by its six Working Groups, the Arctic Council serves as knowledge broker and global advocate for Arctic topics. The Working Groups’ assessments have been instrumental in bringing Arctic issues to a global arena through policy recommendations and international cooperation.

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Recommendations

The strong knowledge base produced by the Arctic Council’s Working Groups and other subsidiary bodies feeds into recommendations for informed decision-making.

Recent news and stories

Award-winning Arctic Council project brings Indigenous food culture to Arctic Food Festival in Moscow

The EALLU Indigenous Youth, Food Knowledge and Arctic Change project recently won the Gourmand Best of the Best Award and will present the traditional food culture of Ind...
08 Dec 2021

Russian Chairmanship’s Envoy for Indigenous and Regional Cooperation: “As an outcome of this cooperation, life on the ground should become better”

For the first time in the Council’s history, the Russian Chairmanship has appointed special envoys to address issues that are of particular importance during its two-year...
07 Dec 2021

Russia’s first Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting strengthened connections between people and regions of the Arctic

Salekhard, 2 December 2021. The first Senior Arctic Officials’ (SAO) plenary meeting during the Russian Chairmanship has just concluded in Salekhard and on screens across...
02 Dec 2021
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Events

10 Dec-11 Dec 2021
Taste of the Arctic International Gastronomic Festival Moscow, Russian Federation / Online
31 Jan-04 Feb 2022
CAFF Board Meeting 2022 Kittilä, Finland
31 Jan-03 Feb 2022
Arctic Frontiers 2022 Tromsø, Norway
14 Feb-18 Feb 2022
PAME-I 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
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  • Meet Dr. Pogodaev, the 🇷🇺 Chairmanship's Special Envoy for #Indigenous & Regional Cooperation. He comes from a reindeer herding family, holds a PhD in economics & is a deputy minister in the Sakha Republic. Learn about his vision for #Arctic cooperation: ow.ly/En0250H67lM https://t.co/aLxSHICl3i December 8 1:52 pm