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  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Kiruna City Hall where the Ministerial  Meeting will be held 15 May. (Photo: arvidr/Flickr.com)

    Press Accreditation for Kiruna Ministerial Meeting Closed

    14-15 May the Arctic Council will hold its biennial Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna in northern Sweden. Press accreditation for the meeting is now closed. It will also be possible to follow the meeting via webcast on the Arctic Council homepage. More details will be available soon.

  • Photo caption: View of Bergen, Norway from above (Photo by DiveKarma/Flickr.com).

    Provisional programme released for AMAP international science conference on Arctic Ocean Acidification, Bergen, 6-8 May

    The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) working group will organize a science conference on Arctic Ocean Acidification 6-8 May in Bergen, Norway.

  • Overview photo of the town of Kiruna (Photo by Kiruna Municipality)

    The lively town of Kiruna will host Ministerial Meeting in May

    The Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting will be held 15 May in the small town in Swedish Lapland. The venue is special not only for its beautiful nature, but also for its exceptional future: in a few years the whole town will be moved to a new location a few kilometers away.

  • Ministers signing host country agreement

    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.

  • Photo: Haparanda meeting overview. The third SAO meeting of the Swedish Chairmanship took place at "Folkets Hus" in Haparanda in Northern Sweden 14-15 November.

    Outcomes of the Haparanda SAO Meeting

    The first director for the new standing Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Norway was selected and a statement on the situation with the Permanent Participant organization RAIPON was released. All major priorities of the Swedish chairmanship in the Arctic Council were negotiated.

  • Photo by Kari45 on Flickr.com. A picture of the Torne River in wintertime seen from the Finnish side of the river.

    Haparanda SAO Meeting Next Week

    Next week 14-15 November more than 120 delegates from the Arctic Council Member States, Permanent Participants, and Working Groups will travel to Haparanda in Northern Sweden for the third Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting under the Swedish Chairmanship. Haparanda is located right on the border to Finland and demonstrates the special nature of cross-national exchange in northern Scandinavia.

  • Arctic environment ministers meeting will address arctic challenges.

    Preparations for the Arctic environment ministers meeting in Jukkasjärvi 5-6 February

    The Arctic is undergoing rapid change due to multiple pressures such as climate change and increased global resource use. When it comes to climate change, the effects appear more rapidly in the Arctic and provide us with insights into coming global effects.

  • Photo of the Torne River which separates the towns Haparanda and Tornio and also acts as the border between Sweden and Finland.

    Welcome to Haparanda

    On November 14-15 the Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council will gather in Haparanda, Sweden, for this year’s last meeting. Haparanda is located just on the border to Finland, and is the twin town of the Finnish city Tornio where one of the hotels used for the meeting is located. Futhermore, Haparanda is home to a Sauna museum and the world’s northernmost IKEA store. A bus tour of the city for the meeting participants is planned in the afternoon of November 13. This will surely be both an exciting and beautiful ride.

  • SDWG Open Dialogue and Formal Meeting in Reykjavik

    The last Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) meeting was held at the Vikin Maritime Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland 17-19 September. The meeting began with an Informal Open Business Dialogue 17 September with 25 representatives from a wide range of industry sectors. The Informal Open Business Dialogue provided a good opportunity for delegates to hear about the challenges and opportunities, in particular of how business can contribute to sustainable development in the Arctic.

  • Photo of the audience, by Kári Fannar Lárusson/CAFF.

    Active audience at Arctic Council breakfast seminar

    Around 45 people attended the Arctic Council breakfast seminar on September 6 at the 10th Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region in Akureyri, Iceland. The audience consisted of Parliamentarians from the Arctic region, Members of Parliament, senators, as well as some guests from outside the Arctic region.

  • Picture from one of the workshop sessions.

    PAME Health and Safety Workshop

    The Protection of Arctic Marine Environments (PAME) working group held a Health Safety and Environmental Management Systems (HSEMS) Workshop in Keflavik, Iceland 10-12 June. The agenda of the workshop was coordinated with the related EPPR Recommended Practices for Prevention oil Pollution (RP3) workshop also held in Keflavik 11-12 June to facilitate the opportunity for oil and gas experts to attend and contribute to both workshops.

  • Photo, Lev Levit, Arctic Council Secretariat, Offshore oil spill response exercise (Exercise Barents 2012).

    EPPR Workshop Observing an Oil Spill Response Exercise in Kirkenes

    The increased focus on potential exploration of Arctic offshore oil and gas and shipping this summer is made evident by a busy month of June for the Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response working group (EPPR). On 5-7 June 2012, a workshop was held in Kirkenes, Arctic Norway, where the participants had the opportunity to observe the annual Russian - Norwegian Exercise Barents.