The first SAO meeting organized under the Swedish Chairmanship was a success. Approximately 160 people attended the meeting which took place at the Luleå Technical University 8-9 November. Meeting participants were welcomed on Tuesday morning by a personal video greeting from Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt. Arctic Council Chair Gustaf Lind then opened the meeting with general information about the goals and working procedures for the Swedish Chairmanship period.

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The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, invites you to attend a special side event discussing THE VIEW FROM UP HERE: ARCTIC BIODIVERSITY IN A WARMING WORLD at the upcoming 15th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), in Montreal, Canada.

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Russia hosted the 25th meeting of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Working Group of the Arctic Council in Moscow October 3-5, 2011.

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The first Arctic Council Search and Rescue exercise took place October 4-6, 2011 in Whitehorse, Yukon. 80 delegates and observers from the eight Arctic Council member states were welcomed by Lieutenant General Walter Semianiw, Commander Canada Command and host of the international exercise.

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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.  

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