Past Chairmanships News

  • Lithuanians drying cod in Lofoten/ Photo: Mia Bennett

    Arctic Economic Council

    The Arctic Council recognizes the central role of business in the sustainable development of the Arctic. During Canada’s Chairmanship (2013-15), the Arctic states and indigenous permanent participant organizations are facilitating the creation of a circumpolar business forum - the Arctic Economic Council.

  • Photo of large meeting room full of people

    Arctic States Release Statement to UNFCCC COP XIX

    As the current Chair of the Arctic Council, Canada has the pleasure of making this statement on behalf of the Arctic Council States – Canada, Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, and the United States of America – and the six Arctic Council indigenous permanent participant organizations.

  • New gavel. Photo: Arctic Council.

    Senior Arctic Officials Met in Whitehorse

    The Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials held their first meeting under Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship in Whitehorse, Yukon, on October 21 to 23, 2013.

  • SAO Chair Patrick Porbey opens the meeting.

    Photos from the Whitehorse SAO Meeting

    High resolution photos from the Whitehorse Senior Arctic Officials' and Permanent Participants' meeting held 21-23 October can be found in the Arctic Council Flickr gallery. These photos are available for use through the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license. Please credit the Arctic Council Secretariat.

  • A view of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory of Canada where the upcoming SAO meeting will be held.

    Media Advisory: Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials Meeting to Take Place in Whitehorse

    Patrick Borbey, chair of Senior Arctic Officials, will hold a media availability on October 23 on the results of the plenary meeting of the Senior Arctic Officials. Media representatives are also invited to attend a public outreach event held by the Arctic Council and its biodiversity working group, CAFF, in partnership with the Government of Yukon and the Yukon Science Institute.

  • The main street of Whitehorse features stores and restaurants.

    Whitehorse, the Wilderness City

    The city of Whitehorse is located on the banks of the Yukon River in south-western Yukon, an hour and half from Kluane National Park, home of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain. Whitehorse was an important river and railway hub for prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 and was named for the white “manes” of the nearby river rapids close to a former First Nations salmon fishing site.

  • The Lapporten mountain range in winter, cover photo from the Kiruna Declaration. (Photo: Karin Nylund)

    Illustrated versions of Kiruna documents available

    The Kiruna Declaration, The Arctic Council’s Vision for the Arctic, and the Kiruna Senior Arctic Officials’ Report to Ministers were approved by the Arctic Ministers in Kiruna 15 May 2013. The documents have now been formatted and illustrated with photos from the Arctic. These new versions are available for download from the website and in hard copy from the Arctic Council Secretariat.

  • September 2, 2013 - Oslo, Norway - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister for the Arctic Council, Minister of the Environment, and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, delivers remarks on Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship at the Gjøa Wing of the Fram Museum. / ЛЕОНА АГЛУККАК, МИНИСТР, ПРЕДСТАВЛЯЮЩИЙ КАНАДУ В АРКТИЧЕСКОМ СОВЕТЕ.

    Minister Aglukkaq Speaks on Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship

    Canada and Norway have a long history of collaboration on Arctic issues. In June 2013, a new wing of the Fram Museum opened to house the Gjøa, the ship used by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen to navigate the waterways known as the “Northwest Passage.” Amundsen became trapped in the ice off King William Island, in a remote area of Nunavut, now called Gjoa Haven.

  • King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia on the main street of Tromso.King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia on the main street of Tromsø (Photo: Kungahuset.se) / КОРОЛЬ ШВЕЦИИ КАРЛ XVI ГУСТАВ И КОРОЛЕВА СИЛЬВИЯ НА ГЛАВНОЙ УЛИЦЕ ТРОМСЁ. (ФОТО: KUNGAHUSET.SE)

    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.

  • Reindeer and power plant (Photo:Bruce Forbes) / ОЛЕНИ И ЭЛЕКТРОСТАНЦИЯ (ФОТО: БРЮС ФОРБС)

    Reporting on the Resilience of Arctic Ecosystems

    The Arctic Resilience Interim Report released on 15 May, finds that rapid – even abrupt – changes are occurring on multiple fronts across the Arctic, raising the risk of crossing thresholds that would cause irreversible changes to ecosystems, environmental processes, and societies. The report marks the half-way point in the project that aims to identify critical thresholds and sources of resilience in the face of environmental and social pressures.

  • Patrick Borbey, Canada's SAO Chair.

    Video interview with Patrick Borbey: Some hopes and priorities for the Canadian Chairmanship

    Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials' Patrick Borbey speaks briefly about some of the hopes and priorities for the Canadian Chairmanship 2013-2015.

  • The Canadian Chairmanship Team met with the Arctic Council Secretariat staff in Tromsø this week. / ВСТРЕЧА КОМАНДЫ ПРЕДСЕДАТЕЛЬСТВА КАНАДЫ С СОТРУДНИКАМИ СЕКРЕТАРИАТА АРКТИЧЕСКОГО СОВЕТА В ТРОМСЁ НА ЭТОЙ НЕДЕЛЕ

    SAO Chair Patrick Borbey visits Tromsø and the Arctic Council Secretariat

    Chair of the Senior Arctic Official’s Patrick Borbey visited Tromsø, Norway early this week along with part of the Canadian Chairmanship team. The visit enabled the Canadian Chairmanship team to establish working routines for the chairmanship period 2013-2015 together with the newly established Arctic Council Secretariat.

  • Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister for the Arctic Council, signs the Kiruna declaration.

    Kiruna Ministerial Meeting Documents

    During the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting 15 May Arctic Ministers signed the Kiruna Declaration, Vision for the Arctic, Senior Arctic Officials Report to Ministers, and an Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic. In addition, several scientific assessments and reports by the working groups, task forces, and expert groups of the Arctic Council were also approved.

  • The meeting room in Kiruna City Hall before the Ministerial Meeting began.

    Photos from the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting

    Photos from the Ministerial Meeting 15 May are available for non-commercial use from the Arctic Council Secretariat Flickr account, as well as the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs photo archive. Credit must be given in order to use the photos.

  • Minister Aglukkaq outlines Canada’s Chairmanship priorities at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden. May 15, 2013. (Photo: © Martina Huber/Regeringskansliet)

    Canadian Chairmanship Program 2013-2015

    At the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting on 15 May 2013, Canada assumed the two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Sweden. The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, an Inuk from Nunavut, is Canada’s Minister for the Arctic Council and Chair of the Council during Canada’s Chairmanship.

  • Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister for the Arctic Council, signs the Kiruna declaration.

    Press Release 15 May: Arctic Council presents vision for future cooperation in the Arctic

    Ministers from the eight Arctic states and representatives of the Arctic Indigenous Peoples met today in Kiruna at the conclusion of Sweden’s two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

  • 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.

  • Photo of SAO Chair Gustaf Lind.

    Monday webcast of Pre-Kiruna press briefing with SAO Chair Gustaf Lind

    Media are invited to watch the press briefing with the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Ambassador Gustaf Lind, 6 May at 14.00 Stockholm time. Mr. Lind will highlight the main substance for the Kiruna meeting. The event will be web-streamed from the Swedish Government’s website. Note, the video will be broadcast live and recorded for later viewing. Media who are not able to participate in person are welcome to ask their questions via Twitter.

  • The town of Kiruna from the air. (Photo by LKAB)

    Press Release: Welcome to the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

    On 15 May 2013 the Arctic Council will hold its biennial Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna in the north of Sweden. Media are invited to a web cast press briefing with the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials on 6 May.

  • Visit some huskies in Kiruna! (Photo: Sarah Cox)

    A little break in-between: Experience ice sculpting and dog sledding in Kiruna!

    Kiruna offers a perfect setting for a relaxing break between the hectic days around the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting. If you are a fan of unique nature, speed and challenges, you might like to climb up to the Luossa fell or race through the woods in a dogsled. Kiruna Delegates should book their excursions now since the first booking deadline is Friday 3 May.