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  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • Climate change is by far the most serious threat to biodiversity in the Arctic says the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report. (Photo: Carsten Egevang/ARC-PIC.com) / СОГЛАСНО ДОКЛАДУ, ИЗМЕНЕНИЕ КЛИМАТА – САМАЯ ГЛАВНАЯ УГРОЗА ДЛЯ БИОРАЗНООБРАЗИЯ АРКТИКИ (ФОТО: КАРСТЕН ЭГЕВАНГ/ARC-PIC.COM)

    The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment explores the future of Arctic ecosystems

    The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, released the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) at the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting 15 May 2013. This report, informed by traditional ecological knowledge, contains the best available science on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity informed by traditional knowledge as well as policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.

  • 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.

  • Minister Aglukkaq outlines Canada’s Chairmanship priorities at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden. May 15, 2013. (Photo: © Martina Huber/Regeringskansliet)

    Canadian Chairmanship Program 2013-2015

    At the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting on 15 May 2013, Canada assumed the two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Sweden. The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, an Inuk from Nunavut, is Canada’s Minister for the Arctic Council and Chair of the Council during Canada’s Chairmanship.

  • 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.

  • The 1st place winner in the category Arctic People "The last shaman of Wrangler Island" by Anastasiya Ilina

    Winners of the Arctic Council Photography Contest

    The winners of the Arctic Council Photography Contest will be displayed in Kiruna 14 and 15 May. During March the Arctic Council Secretariat invited enthusiastic hobby photographers who live, work or visit the Arctic to share their photos that illustrate all aspects of life in the different regions of the Arctic. The photos are also displayed 14 May in a slideshow on the Arctic Council homepage.

  • 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

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  • 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.

  • Photo caption: SAO Chair Gustaf Lind speaking during the conference on sustainable business in the Arctic.

    Conference on Sustainable Business in the Arctic

    On Thursday April 19 the Swedish Chairmanship hosted a Conference on Sustainable Business in the Arctic in Stockholm. Over 50 participants representing government, industry, Indigenous Peoples, research institutions, and organizations were present.

  • 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.

  • Photo: Patrick Borbey will take on the position of SAO Chair during the Canadian Chairmanship.

    Canadian Chair of Senior Arctic Officials Announced

    On March 11, 2013, Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister for the Arctic Council, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, announced that Patrick Borbey will become Chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) for the Canadian Chairmanship from 2013-2015.

  • 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.

  • Photo caption: CAFF Biennial Meeting delegates had the opportunity to attend a performance at the Sakha Republic’s Dance Theater. Photo: Arctic Council

    Arctic Council working groups complete documents for Ministerial

    Last week three of the Arctic Council working groups held their last meetings before the Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna in May. The ACAP, CAFF, and PAME working groups made the final changes to the assessments and reports which will be presented to the Arctic Ministers. The working groups also completed reports over their activities 2011-2013 and their work plans for 2013-2015.

  • 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. 

  • EMA conference participants in front of The National Library of Russia in St.Petersburg

    Electronic Memory of the Arctic: Digitized History and Culture

    The cultural heritage of the Arctic, the history of the exploration of the Arctic and the life of the region’s inhabitants are highly important. However, these can often be hard to restore, because the information resources are rare and incomplete, have different formats and languages and is spread across many countries.

  • 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.