• Arctic Council at COP23: Climate change in the Arctic and its global impacts

    The Arctic Council hosted "The global implications of a rapidly-changing Arctic" at COP23 in Bonn. Monday, 6 November, 13:15-14:45 in the Bonn Zone.

  • 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress - 9-11 October 2018

    Join the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, and the Ministry of the Environment, Finland as they host the 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress on 9-11 October 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland.

  • Significant new reports address Arctic cryosphere, adaptation, and chemicals

    Read about three significant new reports from AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme): a new 2017 update to "Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic"; three regional reports from the project Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic; and a report on chemicals of emerging Arctic concern.

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    Expanding local environmental observation efforts in the Arctic

    Arctic Council Working Group ACAP (Arctic Contaminants Action Program) is working to expand the local environmental observer network, currently operating in North America, around the circumpolar Arctic. Read about their recent workshop...

  • Arctic Resilience Assessment

    Arctic Resilience Report launched

    The Arctic Resilience Report, launched last Friday, 25 November, identifies 19 tipping points that can and have occurred in Arctic marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems.

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    Results of external review of SAON (Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks)

    SAON (Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks) was recently reviewed by an external committee, which looked at SAON's accomplishments and made recommendations for future directions.

  • Signing of the Ottawa Declaration

    The Arctic Council: A Forum for Peace and Cooperation

    A joint statement from Ministers of the Arctic States on the occasion of the Arctic Council's 20th anniversary

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  • Signing of the Ottawa Declaration

    The Arctic Council: A Forum for Peace and Cooperation

    A joint statement from Ministers of the Arctic States on the occasion of the Arctic Council's 20th anniversary

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    On September 19, 1996 in Ottawa, the Arctic Council was established as a high level intergovernmental forum to enhance cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States with the active involvement of Arctic indigenous peoples and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues. Today, we celebrate twenty years of Arctic cooperation and look forward to a long term future of peace and stability in the region.

  • Snowy oil derrick with flaring

    Black carbon and methane Expert Group meets in Helsinki 8-9 June

    The Expert Group on Black Carbon and Methane meets for the second time in Helsinki, Finland on 8-9 June. Reduction of black carbon and methane emitted within and beyond the borders of Arctic States will have a substantial impact on the Arctic, leading to near-term climate, health, and economic benefits in the Arctic and globally.

  • Two people skiing

    ACAP workshop on CLEO Network beginning in Inari, Finland

    Local observers can detect subtle changes in weather, landscapes and seascapes, and plant and animal communities. The Arctic Council is working to build a circumpolar network of local environmental observers.

  • Arctic Council Advances Work on Arctic Issues

    At a meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 15-17, the Arctic Council gathered Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) from the eight Arctic States, and the six Permanent Participant organizations representing indigenous peoples of the Arctic, to address ongoing efforts on a range of topics of high importance for the Arctic.

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    Arctic Council's Black Carbon and Methane Work Highlighted at COP21

    At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), in Paris, France, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland generously hosted and prepared a side event focused on the Arctic Council’s work on short-lived climate pollutants – in particular, black carbon and methane. This event, which followed discussions that took place at the Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting in Anchorage in October 2015, took place on Saturday 5 December. It ran adjacent to the venue where UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took part in a high-level side event on the Arctic entitled "Seeing is Believing", organized and hosted by the Government of Norway, and including youth participants from “Mission Nansen,” a Norwegian children's television program.

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    Senior Arctic Officials’ Meeting Advances Arctic Council Agenda

    Representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) met in Anchorage, Alaska on October 20-22, 2015 to advance the work of the Arctic Council.

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    Senior Arctic Officials Meet in Anchorage, Alaska

    On 20-22 October 2015, the Arctic Council will convene in Anchorage, Alaska, for its first plenary meeting since the United States assumed the Chairmanship of the Council.  The meeting brings together the Arctic States, Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples), Working Groups and Observers.

  • Graph of the CAFF Land Cover Change Index

    Biodiversity Indicators: Land Cover Change Index

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This piece addresses the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's Land Cover Change Index.

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    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on some of the work that Working Groups PAME and CAFF do on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

  • Cover of the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan

    Implementation of the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan by Working Group PAME.

  • Research tent on an ice floe

    Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME are all meeting this week in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article looks at the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks, or SAON, an initiative supported by Working Group AMAP.

  • Polar scientists on an ice floe

    Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA)

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME are all meeting this week in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on the AMAP project “Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic” (AACA)...

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    Historic meeting of Arctic Council Working Groups

    In the week of 14-18 September, four of the Arctic Council's six Working Groups will be gathering simultaneously in Tromsø...