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  • Attendees at the event. Image: Arctic Council Secretariat / Linnea Nordström

    “Living in a Changing Arctic” at Yukon College

    A public event on adaptation to climate change and addressing black carbon and methane emissions in the Arctic was held during the recent SAO meeting in Whitehorse...

  • 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...

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

    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...

  • Arctic Biodiversity Congress begins tomorrow

    With more than 45 sessions covering diverse themes related to Arctic biodiversity, the Congress is expected to draw more than 400 participants to Trondheim, Norway...

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    Tromsø hosts 4th meeting of Scientific Cooperation Task Force

    At the most recent meeting in Tromsø, the Task Force noted the positive and valuable work that has been done towards a possible memorandum of understanding...

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    Senior Arctic Officials met in Yellowknife, 22-23 October

    October 23, 2014 - The Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials and Heads of Delegation of indigenous Permanent Participant organizations held their third meeting under Canada’s Chairmanship, on October 22-23, 2014, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

  • SAOs to meet in Yellowknife October 22-23, 2014

    At the meeting of Senior Arctic Officials in Yellowknife, delegations will take a comprehensive look at the ongoing work of the Arctic Council...

  • Image of the Mental Wellness workshop

    SDWG Held Workshop on Mental Wellness in Circumpolar Communities

    The Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) held a successful workshop on the project “the Evidence Base for Promoting Mental Wellness and Resilience to Address Suicide in Circumpolar Communities” in May in Tromsø, Norway. The two-day event brought together research teams, Permanent Participants, community members, academics and government officials.

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    AMAP releases Arctic Ocean Acidification Overview Report

    The Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) working group has released its Arctic Ocean Acidification Overview Report. The Report introduces the issue of ocean acidification and presents the results of AMAP’s Arctic Ocean Acidification assessment for a general audience and high school level educational use.

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    Arctic Council Science Cooperation Task Force meets in Helsinki

    The Arctic Council’s Task Force for Enhancing Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic (SCTF) held its second meeting in Helsinki on April 8-9, 2014 at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.  During the meeting, delegations exchanged views on proposals related to advancing scientific cooperation in the Arctic, and decided that the task force would begin work on negotiating an MOU or other instrument at its next meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

  • Image of ships in ice-covered waters

    Senior Arctic Official Gustaf Lind on the Development of Arctic shipping

    In March 2014, Gustaf Lind, Senior Arctic Official for Sweden, spoke in London at a Conference on Sustainable Arctic Shipping and Marine Operations organized and supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, the Embassy of Sweden in London and the Nordic Council of Ministers. In a brief interview, Mr. Lind spoke about Sweden's specific experience, knowledge and skills in this area.

  • Patrick Borbey, Canada's SAO Chair.

    Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials Patrick Borbey on sustainable Arctic shipping

    In March 2014, Patrick Borbey, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, spoke in London at a Conference on Sustainable Arctic Shipping and Marine Operations.  In a brief interview, Mr. Borbey spoke about the collaborative work of the Arctic states and associated issues of marine safety, infrastructure and tourism, including the work of PAME’s Arctic Marine Tourism project.

  • Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization during his speech. Photo: Mikael Anzen

    Secretary General of IMO attends Arctic Council meeting

    Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), attended the most recent meeting of Senior Arctic Officials in Yellowknife, Canada. He gave a presentation on the IMO’s work towards completion of a mandatory Polar Code and welcomed strengthened collaboration with the Arctic Council in the future.

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    Senior Arctic Officials met in Yellowknife

    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.”

  • Arctic Biodiversity Congress: CAFF invites content proposals

    The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, is arranging the Arctic Biodiversity Congress in Trondheim, Norway on 2-4 December 2014. The Congress is now open for content proposals on any of its three key themes: climate change; mainstreaming biodiversity; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts on biodiversity.

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    "Our Arctic Birds" event in Kuujjuaq, Canada

    On February 12, the Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group (CAFF) hosted “Our Arctic Birds”, a community event at the Kattitavik Town Hall in Kuujjuaq, Canada. Representatives of CAFF met with Kuujjuaq residents to talk about the Arctic Council and how it is working to conserve Arctic Birds through initiatives such as the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative.

  • Oil skimmers at work, image by NOAA Photo Library

    Arctic Council works to prevent Arctic marine oil pollution

    The Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) was established at the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting in May, 2013 to explore how the Arctic Council can help to advance oil pollution prevention in the Arctic. Although much work has been done in identifying best practices, there is important and challenging work to be done in identifying how, in practical terms, Arctic States can work towards this goal.

  • The SCTF met at the natural history museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Image by Joongi Kim, CC BY-SA

    Scientific Cooperation: Making a good thing even better

    The Arctic Council’s Scientific Cooperation Task Force, established by the Kiruna Declaration of May, 2013, had its first meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on 10-11 December. The workshop was primarily a scoping session, exploring the best path forward for the Task Force.

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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.

  • 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.