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

Interview with Morten Høglund, Norway’s Senior Arctic Official

Morten Høglund is the new Senior Arctic Official (SAO) for Norway. The former parliamentarian does not only bring his extensive Arctic experience to the Council but also ...
20 Oct 2021

“The voices of the Indigenous Peoples have to be heard”: An interview with Hjalmar Dahl

Hjalmar Dahl is the President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Greenland and currently the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat’s (IPS) board. In this inter...
07 Oct 2021

Time witness reports: The Council’s informal structure has been important to its longevity and success

Harald Finkler has experienced and captured the evolution of the Arctic Council firsthand – both with his camera and in his interview for this time witness report. For al...
05 Oct 2021
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Events

25 Oct-26 Oct 2021
AMAP 51st Human Health Assessment Group Meeting Online
26 Oct-28 Oct 2021
SDWG Plenary and Executive II 2021 Online
27 Oct-28 Oct 2021
EGBCM Plenary 2021 Online
30 Oct-31 Oct 2021
Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Copenhagen, Denmark
31 Oct-12 Nov 2021
UNFCCC COP 26 Glasgow, Scotland
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  • Meet Morten Høglund, our new Senior Arctic Official for #Norway! He brings extensive #Arctic experience and a passion for the region and its people. Learn about his background, priority areas he sees for the Council and some memorable Arctic experiences👉 ow.ly/MYtQ50Gulrh https://t.co/kyfv834BLN October 20 12:10 pm