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  • Delegates seated at table for panel discussion

    Discussion on Arctic climate change at COP 18

    On December 6 in Doha, as the COP 18 climate change negotiations switched gears for the finale, the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council arranged a side event on climate change in the Arctic. The event was held against the background of the rapid and ominous development lately in the Arctic, in particular the past summer's sea ice melt. The event was well attended and a strong panel including Martin Lidegaard, climate and energy

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  • black and white photo of smokestacks billowing smoke

    New ACAP project on climate mitigation

    The ACAP Working Group has approved (November 2012) a new project on Reduction of Black Carbon Emissions from Residential Wood Combustion. The ACAP project is co-lead by Norway and Finland.

  • Icebergs floating on a misty sea

    2012 Arctic Report Cards describe dramatic changes in the Arctic

    The Arctic Report Cards produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are a source of reliable and brief information on the current state of the Arctic environment. The Arctic Council working groups CAFF and AMAP supported work on the 2012 Report Cards, which detail dramatic changes in the Arctic with record losses of sea ice and late spring snow. The Arctic Council, through the ...

  • 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.

  • Delegates around bonfire inside traditional Saami tent

    Arctic Resilience Report Workshop in Finnmark

    The three-day Arctic Resilience Report (ARR) workshop 29-31 October, 2012, held in Kautokeino (Guovdageaidnu in Sámi), in Northern Norway, focused on bringing the assessment of resilience closer to northern realities and also on providing an opportunity for in-depth discussion about the meeting of traditional, local and scientific knowledge in the context of resilience.

  • 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

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  • 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.

  • 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

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  • Group photo of participants. Photo: Arctic Council

    ACAP Working Group Met in Copenhagen

    The Arctic Contaminants Action Program working group (ACAP) met in Danish Environment Protection Agency premises in Copenhagen 13-14 September. The meeting was led by Jaakko Henttonen, ACAP Chair. Representatives from six Arctic states, as well as the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat and Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), took part in the meeting. Progress was made and many items agreed upon.

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    First Live Arctic Search and Rescue Exercise - SAREX 2012

    The first live search and rescue exercise among the 8 Arctic states, “SAREX 2012”, took place 10-14 September in stormy weather and high seas in a remote area along Greenland’s east coast. The exercise involved personnel, authorities, airplanes, helicopters and ships from Canada, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and the United States. It is notable that all the ships, airplanes etc. were regional units normally

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  • 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.

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    Record minimum of ice in the Arctic

    On August 26 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) informed users on their website that a new record minimum of Arctic sea ice extent had been set. The ice-cover in the Arctic continues to decrease each summer until the end of September when the trend turns and the ice begins to increase again. 

  • Icebreaker ship Oden navigating icy waters

    “The ice used to be hard, now it crumbles into little pieces”

    Reports appear in the media about the sea ice in the Arctic on a daily basis, and in September coverage is expected to reach an all-time low. American researchers are already warning that Arctic sea ice has reached its lowest level since satellite records began in 1979. How is this manifesting itself? We asked Richard Gyllencreutz, who is currently on a research expedition aboard the Swedish icebreaker Oden in the Arctic.

  • Delegates at RAIPON congress

    Permanent Participant Article Series: RAIPON

    The Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) is the Russian umbrella organization which organizes 35 regional and ethnic organizations of indigenous peoples in the 25 regions where they live. RAIPON represents 41 groups of Indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East. The total number of people is about 300 thousand and they live in 60 % of the whole territory of the Russian Federation from Murmansk to

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  • Door of the Saami Council Secretariat

    Permanent Participant Article Series: Saami Council

    The Saami Council was founded in 1956, making it one of the oldest indigenous peoples’ organizations. The Saami Council is a volunteer-based and independent cultural and political cooperation organization for Saami organizations in Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. The Saami Council is a non-governmental organization. 

  • 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).

  • Photo by Tom Barry. Inge Thaulow signing the agreement with the Ramsar Secretary General Anada Tiéga, while Tatiana Minayeva of Wetlands International is following the procedures.

    CAFF signs Resolution of Cooperation with Ramsar and AEWA

    On July 12 the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna and the Ramsar Secretariat signed a Resolution of Cooperation, at the 11th Ramsar Conference of the Parties, in Bucharest, Romania, bringing the two organizations together to raise awareness and promote the importance of Arctic wetlands.