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    Interview with Ulrik Westman, ACAP Chair

    Read an interview with Ulrik Westman, the new Chair of ACAP (Arctic Contaminants Action Programme), an Arctic Council Working Group…

  • Workshop: Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response

    WASHINGTON – Representatives from the Arctic Council participated in an EPPR MOSPA exercise workshop held September 15-17, 2015 at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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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).

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    Scientific Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) meets in Copenhagen

    The Arctic Council’s Task Force for Enhancing Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic (SCTF) held its sixth meeting in Copenhagen on August 19-20, 2015. Fifty delegates attended the meeting, including representatives from all eight Arctic Council Member States, Permanent Participant organizations the Aleut International Association (AIA) and the Saami Council, and Working Group AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme). Observers in attendance included France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO), the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) and the University of the Arctic (UArctic). The European Union also attended.

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    Interview: Arni Thor Sigurdsson, SAO for Iceland

    Read an interview with Arni Thor Sigurdsson, the recently-appointed Senior Arctic Official for Iceland…

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    First meeting of SAOs during U.S. Chairmanship

    On 16-17 June 2015 in Washington, D.C., Senior Arctic Officials, Permanent Participants and Working Groups met to begin moving forward with the Arctic Council's program for 2015-17...

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    Environmental Provisions of Polar Code adopted

    On 15 May, the environmental provisions of the Polar Code were adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)...

  • Photos from the Iqaluit Ministerial Meeting

    Looking for photos from the Iqaluit Ministerial Meeting? Visit our Flickr gallery for high-resolution images available for use with Creative Commons licensing.

  • Senior Arctic Officials met in Whitehorse, 2-5 March 2015

    March 5, 2015 - The Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials and Permanent Participant organizations, which represent indigenous peoples of the Arctic region, held their fourth and final meeting...

  • Interview: Hannu Halinen, departing SAO for Finland

    Hannu Halinen, long-time Senior Arctic Official for Finland, spoke to the ACS shortly before passing his duties to his successor...

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    Interview: Aleksi Härkönen, SAO for Finland

    Aleksi Härkönen, the recently-appointed Senior Arctic Official for Finland, spoke briefly to the ACS about his background and his thoughts on the work ahead of him.

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    Arctic Council welcomes new SAOs from Russia and Sweden

    The Arctic Council is pleased to announce the recent appointment of new Senior Arctic Officials from Sweden and from the Russian Federation.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Disturbance and habitat degradation can diminish Arctic biodiversity says the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report. (Photo: Lars Holst Hansen/ARC-PIC.com) / БИОРАЗНООБРАЗИЕ АРКТИКИ МОЖЕТ УМЕНЬШИТСЯ ИЗ-ЗА ВМЕШАТЕЛЬСТВА ВНЕШНИХ ФАКТОРОВ И ДЕГРАДАЦИИ СРЕДЫ ОБИТАНИЯ (ФОТО: ЛАРС ХОЛЬСТ ХАНСЕН/ ARC-PIC.COM)

    Award-winning CAFF film on Arctic biodiversity

    The film "Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity" addresses current biodiversity issues in the Arctic, and ongoing pressures on its ecosystems. It highlights key issues that surfaced in the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment. The film is a collaborative work of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group and UNEP GRID-Arendal.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.