• Group photo of Arctic Council Secretariat staff with SAO chair David Balton

    SAO Chair David Balton visits Tromsø

    As the United States’ Chairmanship of the Arctic Council picks up steam, the new Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Ambassador David Balton, and Senior Advisor Dr. Nikoosh Carlo paid a visit to the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS) in Tromsø, Norway. After a day of concentrated discussions with ACS staff, the group took a ride up Tromsø’s cable car to Fløya – Tromsø’s nearest mountain – for a great view of the town and its beautiful surroundings. Ambassador Balton even took a moment to demonstrate his juggling skill.

  • Strengthening the Arctic Council

    The Arctic is undergoing rapid changes and the Arctic Council is adapting to better address the opportunities and challenges that come with change.

  • Interview: Anna-Karin Eneström, new SAO for Sweden

    Anna-Karin Eneström, the recently-appointed Senior Arctic Official for Sweden, spoke briefly to the ACS about her background and her thoughts on the work ahead of her.

  • Portrait of SAO Chair Vincent Rigby

    Interview with the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials – Vincent Rigby

    Chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials, Vincent Rigby, recently discussed his new role and the road ahead to the 2015 Ministerial meeting with the Arctic Council Secretariat.

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    Arctic Council establishes Facebook and Twitter presence

    In taking steps towards enhancing the Arctic Council’s communications capacity, the Council has established profiles on Twitter and Facebook. The Arctic Council looks forward to using these channels to provide quick and up-to-date information about its work and to introduce new audiences to the Council.

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    Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Secretariat

    Mr. Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, visited the Arctic Council Secretariat on Friday, 4th April 2014. Magnús Jóhannesson, Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat, spoke with the Minister about the work of the Arctic Council Secretariat, the ongoing work in the Arctic Council and the outcomes of the meeting of Senior Arctic Officials in Yellowknife.

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    Students from the University of Tromsø act out model Arctic Council meetings

    November 6th students from the University of Tromsø held a role-play session where they acted out a EPPR Working Group meeting and a Senior Arctic Officials meeting. The role-play was a voluntary activity for the students and their teacher Piotr Graczyk hopes that the exercise will increase student awareness about the work of the Arctic Council.

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    Briefing for Swedish and Norwegian royal couples on the work of the Arctic Council

    Last week on the 19 June, His Majesty King Karl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden were on an official visit to Tromsø, Norway along with His Majesty King Harald V and Queen Sonja. The royal visit program included a briefing on climate change in the Arctic, the ongoing work of the Arctic Council, and acidification of the Arctic Ocean.

  • The 1st place winner in the category Arctic People "The last shaman of Wrangler Island" by Anastasiya Ilina

    Winners of the Arctic Council Photography Contest

    The winners of the Arctic Council Photography Contest will be displayed in Kiruna 14 and 15 May. During March the Arctic Council Secretariat invited enthusiastic hobby photographers who live, work or visit the Arctic to share their photos that illustrate all aspects of life in the different regions of the Arctic. The photos are also displayed 14 May in a slideshow on the Arctic Council homepage.

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    Video from Host Country Agreement Signing

    View the video from the Host Country Agreement signing ceremony in Tromsø last week. In the video you can hear some of the speeches held by Espen Barth Eide, Carl Bildt and Leona Aglukkaq and also observe the signing of the Host Country Agreement between Norway and the new Director of the secretariat Magnús Jóhannesson. 

  • Photo caption: Carl Bildt, Espen Barth Eide, Leona Aglukkaq, and Magnús Jóhannesson at the press conference following the signing of the Host Country Agreement. Photo by Arctic Council

    Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø opened by Arctic Ministers

    Arctic Council Ministers played a prominent role at this year's policy section of the Arctic Frontiers conference held in Tromsø, Norway. Hot topics included climate change and resource extraction in the Arctic. Later in the day the Standing Arctic Council Secretariat was formally opened with a ceremony held at the Fram Centre, a center for Norwegian polar research. During his keynote presentation Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide spoke about the increasing importance of the Arctic Council as global interest in the region increases. He also welcomed the Standing Arctic Council Secretariat to Tromsø and spoke about the important role the Secretariat will play in strengthening the activities of the Council.

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    Introduction to the Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat

    During the opening of the Senior Arctic Officials' meeting in Haparanda 14 November Magnús Jóhannesson was presented as the first Director of the new standing Secretariat of the Arctic Council in Tromsø, Norway. Mr. Jóhannesson is eager to begin work in February next year and believes that the Secretariat will be important to ensure continuity and coordination of the Arctic Council work.

  • Photo: Haparanda meeting overview. The third SAO meeting of the Swedish Chairmanship took place at "Folkets Hus" in Haparanda in Northern Sweden 14-15 November.

    Outcomes of the Haparanda SAO Meeting

    The first director for the new standing Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Norway was selected and a statement on the situation with the Permanent Participant organization RAIPON was released. All major priorities of the Swedish chairmanship in the Arctic Council were negotiated.

  • Photo from the meeting, by Linnea Nordström

    Deputy Ministers’ Meeting: Outcomes

    The first Deputy Ministers’ Meeting under the Swedish Chairmanship was held in Stockholm on Tuesday 15 May. The meeting, hosted by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Frank Belfrage, was met with great approval.

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    Arctic Council drafts communication strategy

    The first draft of the Arctic Council communication strategy will soon be sent to a contact group for evaluation.The draft of the communication strategy is based on groundwork done by the Arctic Council Communication and Outreach group which was active during the period 2010-2011. The group was lead by Giles Norman from Canada who did extensive surveys with representatives from the member states, permanent participants, and working groups to evaluate the communication needs of the Arctic Council. This work resulted in the Arctic Council Communications and Outreach Guidelines which were approved in 2011.