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.


The speakers at the event were Gustaf Lind, Arctic Council Senior Arctic Official Chair, Tom Barry, Executive Secretary of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group and Soffia Guðmundsdóttir, Executive Secretary of the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group.

These speakers held presentations which were followed by brief individual speeches by the Finnish and Icelandic Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) Hannu Halinen and Hjalmar W. Hannesson.

During the question and answer session after the presentations the audience asked a broad range of different questions. Some of the questions included what kind of Arctic Council assessments will be done in the future, how weather is incorporated into assessments, topics related to Arctic shipping and the Arctic Council observer issue.

Photo: Kári Fannar Lárusson/CAFF. Article produced with assistance from Courtney Price/CAFF.