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  • 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

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  • Photo caption: From North America to Russia to Scandinavia, the Santa Claus figure is celebrated in different ways in the regions of the Arctic.

    Santa, our Arctic colleague

    As December 24 draws near children all over the world wait impatiently for Santa Claus to arrive with their gifts. In the Arctic countries Santa Claus goes by many different names and wears a variety of symbolic costumes. From North America to Russia to Scandinavia, the Santa Claus figure is celebrated in different ways in the regions of the Arctic.

  • Photo caption: Mr. Johannesson has extensive experience in management and environmental issues.

    Introduction to the Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat

    During the opening of the Senior Arctic Officials' meeting in Haparanda 14 November Magnús Jóhannesson was presented as the first Director of the new standing Secretariat of the Arctic Council in Tromsø, Norway. Mr. Jóhannesson is eager to begin work in February next year and believes that the Secretariat will be important to ensure continuity and coordination of the Arctic Council work.

  • Photo of Klavs Holm, taken by Lars Grunwald.

    SAO Interview: Klavs Holm from the Kingdom of Denmark

    Klavs A. Holm was appointed as Arctic Ambassador and Senior Arctic Official (SAO) for the Kingdom of Denmark in January of 2012. During his career Ambassador Holm has been posted in different locations around the world, for example at the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris and London. He is committed to ensuring that the Arctic Council contributes to sustainable development for Arctic inhabitants.

  • 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.

  • Photo of Annika E. Nilsson by Stockholm Environment Institute

    Assessing Resilience in the Arctic: Annika E. Nilsson

    Annika E. Nilsson is Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute, where she is project leader for the ongoing Arctic Council-approved Arctic Resilience Report (ARR).

  • 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.

  • epresentatives of the PSI Contributors Finland, NEFCO, Norway, Sámi Parliament, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States of America.

    U.S. allocates 5 million to the environment in the Arctic

    The U.S. Government has decided to allocate up to 5 million USD to the Arctic Council's environmental projects. The funds will be designated to the Arctic Council's Project Support Instrument (PSI), which is administered by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO). The deposit of the contributions from the United States and Russia will make the fund operational.

  • Photo: Linnea Nordström. APECS presented their new director during a mingle event at the IPY 2012 conference.

    New APECS director eager to begin shaping the future of polar research

    The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) was founded in 2006 as a branch of the 4th International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008. During the IPY conference From Knowledge to Action in Montréal in April APECS announced their new director Dr. Alexey Pavlov.

  • Photo: Bruno Pilozzi, SDWG, and Tony Gaston, Environment Canada, participated in the workshop. Photo by Courtney Price, CAFF

    Arctic Biodiversity Assessment: a Policy Development Workshop

    On 14-15 May 2012, the Conservation of Arctic Fauna and Flora (CAFF) working group organized a workshop to discuss ideas to inform the policy process resulting from the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA). The meeting took place at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Photo from the meeting, by Linnea Nordström

    Deputy Ministers’ Meeting: Outcomes

    The first Deputy Ministers’ Meeting under the Swedish Chairmanship was held in Stockholm on Tuesday 15 May. The meeting, hosted by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Frank Belfrage, was met with great approval.

  • Photo: Johan Rockström has more than 15 years experience from applied water research in tropical regions.

    Profile: Johan Rockström, Chair of the Arctic Resilience Report

    Tuesday May 15, the Arctic Council Deputy Ministers will meet in Stockholm at Grand Hotel. The Swedish Chairmanship seized the opportunity to arrange a lecture by Professor Johan Rockström, offering high-level representatives of the Council a unique opportunity to be updated on the Arctic Resilience Report (ARR).

  • Photo: The Swedish Museum of Natural History is a major research institute which houses collections containing specimens collected in the 18th century and onwards. Photo by Mikael Axelsson.

    SAO meeting at Swedish Museum of Natural History

    The Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council is is arranging the first Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) meeting of the year at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm in March. The Chairmanship in cooperation with the museum hope to arouse interest in nature and natural sciences, the environment, conservation and biodiversity. Interests that chime well with the activities of the Arctic Council.

  • Picture of Magnus Rystedt, Managing Director NEFCO and Helle Lindegaard, Senior Legal Adviser NEFCO signing the NEFCO’s PSI Cooperation Agreement with the Russian Federation. Photo: NEFCO

    Russia allocates EUR 10M towards Pollution Prevention Initiatives

    On Tuesday 4 October 2011, the Russian Government signed an agreement allocating up to EUR 10 million to the implementation of Arctic Council priority projects.

    The funds will be channeled into the Arctic Council's Project Support Instrument (PSI), whose main purpose is to finance pollution-preventive initiatives in the Arctic region.  

  • Photo by NEXTORS/flickr (Creative Commons) "Road from Luleå to Bensbyn"

    Next stop: Luleå

    The Swedish Chairmanship 2011-2013 

    From 12 May 2011 Sweden is chairing the Arctic Council. In its chairmanship programme, Sweden intends to focus on several issues such as prevention of oil emissions, climate change, resilience, biodiversity and environmental protection.

    Concerning the peoples in the Arctic, Sweden intends to listen to the views of the Arctic indigenous peoples, focus on languages and food safety, among

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  • SWIPA

    The Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic  (SWIPA) Assessment was formally delivered by AMAP to the 7th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Nuuk on 12 May 2011.

  • Photo of Swedish SAO Chair Gustaf Lind.

    Sweden on work in the Arctic: “The Council must be able to react”

    Sweden stands ready to take over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council when the meeting of foreign ministers concludes in Nuuk, Greenland, this week. The five Nordic countries, together with the United States, Russia, Canada and representatives of indigenous peoples will discuss momentous changes in the climate and in the life of those who live in the region – and what to do if an environmental disaster occurs in the Arctic.

  • Rainbow and Arctic marsh landscape

    Joint Statement to COP 16

    Cancun, Mexico, 1 December 2010. The Danish Ambassador to Mexico delivered a statement to the UNFCCC secretariat in Cancun on behalf of the Arctic States*. The statement, signed by Ms. Lene Espersen (Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chair of the Arctic Council), was distributed to all state delegations attending the COP 16.