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Arctic Council

The leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic.

Who we are

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.

Recommendations

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

News and stories

Envisioning 2041: Young Leaders Simulate the Future of the Arctic

In January 2024, 31 young professionals were tasked with the impossible: to develop a multitude of Arctic policies in less than three hours amidst rapidly evolving circum...
19 Jun 2024

Strategic planning with Indigenous Permanent Participant Organizations during Norwegian Chairship meeting

For the third time since the onset of the Norwegian Chairship a year ago, the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials convened a meeting with the representatives of the six ...
29 May 2024

Save the Date: Arctic Emergency Management Conference

The first-of-its-kind Arctic Emergency Management Conference will take place in Bodø, Norway from 18-20 March 2025
27 May 2024
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