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  • HOLE in an iceberg near the village of KEKERTAT IN NORTHWEST GREENLAND (PHOTO: RAYMOND Moloney) / ОТВЕРСТИЕ В АЙСБЕРГЕ НЕДАЛЕКО ОТ ДЕРЕВНИ КЕКЕРТАТ НА СЕВЕРО-ЗАПАДЕ ГРЕНЛАНДИИ (ФОТО: РЭЙМОНД МОЛОНИ)

    Assessment of Arctic Ocean Acidification studies seawater pH

    The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) working group has released the first ever comprehensive assessment of Arctic Ocean acidification. The assessment was approved at the Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna 15 May 2013. In the Kiruna declaration Ministers welcomed the assessment and also requested that Arctic States continue to take

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  • The coast of Bleik, Andøy in Northern Norway (Photo: Tommy Larsen) / ПОБЕРЕЖЬЕ В РАЙОНЕ СЕЛЕНИЯ БЛЕЙК, АННЁЙ, СЕВЕРНАЯ НОРВЕГИЯ (ФОТО: ТОММИ ЛАРСЕН)

    Educational film on ocean acidification in the Arctic

    The Arctic Ocean Acidification (AOA) assessment, approved at the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting 15 May 2013, is the latest report by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). The assessment reviews the current state of knowledge regarding ocean acidification from an Arctic perspective. Two short films have been prepared to present the content of the report in an accessible

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  • Workshop participants engrossed in discussions during the workshop. / УЧАСТНИКИ СОВЕЩАНИЯ ПОГЛОЩЕНЫ ДИСКУССИЕЙ.

    Workshop on reducing Black Carbon emissions from residential wood combustion

    The Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency and the Finnish Environment Institute hosted an Arctic Contaminants Action program (ACAP) working group workshop in Oslo on 18th and 19th of June 2013. The workshop was organized as part of the midpoint status review of the ACAP project on reduction of black carbon emissions from residential wood combustion.

  • King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia on the main street of Tromso.King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia on the main street of Tromsø (Photo: Kungahuset.se) / КОРОЛЬ ШВЕЦИИ КАРЛ XVI ГУСТАВ И КОРОЛЕВА СИЛЬВИЯ НА ГЛАВНОЙ УЛИЦЕ ТРОМСЁ. (ФОТО: KUNGAHUSET.SE)

    Briefing for Swedish and Norwegian royal couples on the work of the Arctic Council

    Last week on the 19 June, His Majesty King Karl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden were on an official visit to Tromsø, Norway along with His Majesty King Harald V and Queen Sonja. The royal visit program included a briefing on climate change in the Arctic, the ongoing work of the Arctic Council, and acidification of the Arctic Ocean.

  • Reindeer and power plant (Photo:Bruce Forbes) / ОЛЕНИ И ЭЛЕКТРОСТАНЦИЯ (ФОТО: БРЮС ФОРБС)

    Reporting on the Resilience of Arctic Ecosystems

    The Arctic Resilience Interim Report released on 15 May, finds that rapid – even abrupt – changes are occurring on multiple fronts across the Arctic, raising the risk of crossing thresholds that would cause irreversible changes to ecosystems, environmental processes, and societies. The report marks the half-way point in the project that aims to identify critical thresholds and sources of resilience in the face of environmental and social

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  • Patrick Borbey, Canada's SAO Chair.

    Video interview with Patrick Borbey: Some hopes and priorities for the Canadian Chairmanship

    Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials' Patrick Borbey speaks briefly about some of the hopes and priorities for the Canadian Chairmanship 2013-2015.

  • 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.