Below are links to several concise documents that provide good reference materials for anyone interested in the Arctic Council and its work.
Iqaluit Declaration (2015)
The Iqaluit Declaration is the most recent of the Arctic Council’s Declarations, which are published approximately every two years and which guide the work of the Council during each Chairmanship. The Iqaluit Declaration was signed by ministers of the eight Arctic Council States at the Iqaluit 2015 Ministerial Meeting, which marked the handover of the Arctic Council Chairmanship from Canada to the United States.
Brochure for the United States Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, 2015-2017
The United States assumed the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council for the second time in April 2015. This concise brochure highlights the three focus areas of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council: Improving Economic & Living Conditions for Arctic Communities; Arctic Ocean Safety, Security & Stewardship; and Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change.
Arctic Council Rules of Procedure (adopted 1998, revised 2013)
The Arctic Council Rules of Procedure govern official meetings of the Arctic Council and its subsidiary bodies. The Rules of Procedure are a useful resource for those interested in how the Arctic Council works.
Arctic Council Observer Manual for Subsidiary Bodies (2013)
The Observer Manual for Subsidiary Bodies exists to guide the Council’s subsidiary bodies in matters of meeting logistics and the role played by Observers. The Observer Manual for Subsidiary Bodies is a useful resource for those interested in the role of Observers in the work of the Arctic Council.
Vision for the Arctic (2013)
The Arctic Council’s “Vision for the Arctic” was approved by ministers of the eight Arctic Council States in at the 2013 Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden. The document sets out a vision for the future of the region, under the headings: A Peaceful Arctic; The Arctic Home; A Prosperous Arctic; A Safe Arctic; A Healthy Arctic Environment; Arctic Knowledge; and A Strong Arctic Council.
Ottawa Declaration (1996)
The Ottawa Declaration is the document that established the Arctic Council.