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  • Signing of the Ottawa Declaration

    The Arctic Council: A Forum for Peace and Cooperation

    2016-09-19 06:21:57

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


  • Arctic Council Advances Work on Arctic Issues

    2016-03-17 02:14:00

    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 Senior Arctic Officials Gather in Fairbanks, Alaska

    2016-03-01 15:59:24

    The Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and indigenous Permanent Participant organizations will meet in Fairbanks, Alaska on 16-17 March 2016 to discuss the Council’s projects, structure and functioning, as well as its future work. The United States currently holds the rotating Chairmanship of the Council, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

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    Senior Arctic Officials’ Meeting Advances Arctic Council Agenda

    2015-10-23 14:15:18

    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

    2015-10-13 19:34:34

    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.

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    Significant Products from Arctic Council Working Groups

    2015-07-02 14:38:28

    The Arctic Council’s six Working Groups - ACAP, AMAP, CAFF, EPPR, PAME and SDWG - have produced many landmark studies and reports on the Arctic environment and communities.

  • Honourable Leona Aglukkaq passing meeting gavel to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

    New: Video footage from Iqaluit 2015 Ministerial meeting

    2015-06-01 17:20:32

    Video footage from the 9th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting, which took place in Iqaluit, Canada on 24 April 2015, is now available online...

  • Photos from the Iqaluit Ministerial Meeting

    2015-04-25 18:49:57

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

  • Ministers seated around meeting table in Iqaluit, flags in background

    News Release: Arctic Council renews commitment to Arctic economic and social development and environmental protection

    2015-04-24 16:31:06

    Ministers from eight Arctic states and leaders of Arctic Indigenous Peoples met today in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada...

    April 24, 2015 – Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

  • News Release: Welcome to the Ninth Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

    2015-04-21 16:25:00

    The ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council will take place in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada from April 24-25, 2015. This meeting will mark the end of Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship (2013-2015) and the start of the US Chairmanship (2015 – 2017).

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    Iqaluit Ministerial Meeting Documents

    2015-04-18 14:35:00

    Visit this article for links to documents from the Iqaluit 2015 Ministerial Meeting. 

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

    2015-03-05 23:27:51

    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...

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

    2015-02-28 03:48:55

    At the meeting of Senior Arctic Officials in Whitehorse, delegations will take a comprehensive look at the work of the Arctic Council in the lead up to the Iqaluit 2015 Ministerial meeting...

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    Senior Arctic Officials met in Yellowknife

    2014-03-27 22:45:07

    March 27, 2014 – The Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials held their second meeting under Canada’s Chairmanship in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on March 26-27, 2014. The theme for Canada’s Chairmanship is “Development for the People of the North.”

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    Arctic States Release Statement to UNFCCC COP XIX

    2013-11-20 11:46:00

    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.

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    Senior Arctic Officials Met in Whitehorse

    2013-10-28 07:10:22

    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

    2013-10-22 21:49:53

    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

    2013-10-20 01:28:00

    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.

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

    Kiruna Ministerial Meeting Documents

    2013-05-16 08:51:55

    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

    2013-05-15 16:17:25

    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.