Arctic Council

The leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic.

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Arctic peoples

The Arctic is home to almost four million people today – Indigenous people, more recent arrivals, hunters and herders living on the land, and city dwellers.

Biodiversity

The flora and fauna of the Arctic

Climate

The temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise at more than twice the global annual average, which drives many of the changes underway in the Arctic.

Ocean

The Arctic States hold a responsibility to safeguard the future development of the region and to develop models for stewardship of the marine environment.

Pollutants

While most regions of the Arctic are far removed from large industrialized areas, the environment in the high North carries the traces of human-induced pollution – from soot to plastics, from methane to pesticides.

Who is the Arctic Council?

Expert groups and task forces carry out additional work.

What does the Arctic Council do?

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International 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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Generating 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.

Iceland is the current chair of the Arctic Council.
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Interview with Arctic Council Observer: Switzerland

Switzerland has had Observer status in the Arctic Council since 2017. As an Observer, Switzerland can contribute to the Arctic Council through meeting attendance, providi...
06 Jul 2020

Interview with Arctic Council Observer: Japan

Japan has had Observer status in the Arctic Council since 2013. As an Observer, Japan can contribute to the Arctic Council through meeting attendance, providing scientifi...
03 Jul 2020
Flag for the Arctic Council, the eight Arctic States and six Permanent Participants

Circumpolar collaboration amidst coronavirus pandemic

Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials met virtually and i.a. discussed how the Arctic Council could contribute circumpolar responses to the long-term effects of the coro...
26 Jun 2020
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Events

September
07 Sep-10 Sep 2020
EPPR Working Group meeting Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
16 Sep-18 Sep 2020
CAFF Board Meeting Online
22 Sep-23 Sep 2020
ACAP Working Group meeting Online / Oslo, Norway
22 Sep 2020
ACAP Workshop on Mercury Online / Oslo, Norway
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Featured Projects

Ship in the Arctic. Photo: iStock / Alexey_Seafarer
Arctic Marine Tourism: Development in the Arctic and enabling real change
The Arctic Marine Tourism Project (AMTP) analyzes and promotes sustainable tourism across the circumpolar Arctic.
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Soot on ice. Photo:iStock
Arctic Black Carbon Case Studies Platform
Across the Arctic, countries and communities are taking action to reduce black carbon emissions. The Black carbon case studies platform highlights mitigation projects and policies relevant to the Arct...
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Underwater noise in the Arctic
PAME's State of Knowledge Review on Underwater Noise in the Arctic report provides a baseline understanding of underwater noise in Arctic regions, including ambient sound levels, underwater noise...
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One Health
Temperatures in the Arctic have risen at twice the rate compared to other parts of the world, resulting in a multitude of environmental changes that affect the health and wellbeing of millions of huma...
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