Past Chairmanships News

  • Martin Forsius posing in boat with fish he has recently caught

    Interview with Martin Forsius, AMAP Chair

    Read an interview with Martin Forsius, the new Chair of AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme), an Arctic Council Working Group…

  • Group photo of meeting participants with statue

    First meeting of SAOs during U.S. Chairmanship

    On 16-17 June 2015 in Washington, D.C., Senior Arctic Officials, Permanent Participants and Working Groups met to begin moving forward with the Arctic Council's program for 2015-17...

  • Sun shining through a glacier

    Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change

    The last of three thematic pillars of the United States Chairmanship program is “Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change”…

  • Group of people standing on the deck of a ship

    Arctic Ocean Safety, Security & Stewardship

    At the 9th Arctic Council ministerial meeting, held in Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada in April 2015, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister for the Arctic Council, formally handed the Arctic Council Chairmanship to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, chair of the Arctic Council during the U.S. Chairmanship. On this occasion, Arctic ministers adopted an ambitious new work plan organized around three thematic pillars. The second of these – Arctic Ocean safety, security & stewardship – is addressed by numerous elements of the Council’s work plan for the years ahead.

  • John F. Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister for the Arctic Council, and The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada meet with Inuit residents in Iqaluit, April 2015.

    Improving Economic & Living Conditions for Arctic Communities

    The first of three thematic pillars of the United States Chairmanship program is “Improving Economic & Living Conditions for Arctic Communities”…

  • Group photo of Arctic Council Secretariat staff with SAO chair David Balton

    SAO Chair David Balton visits Tromsø

    As the United States’ Chairmanship of the Arctic Council picks up steam, the new Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Ambassador David Balton, and Senior Advisor Dr. Nikoosh Carlo paid a visit to the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS) in Tromsø, Norway. After a day of concentrated discussions with ACS staff, the group took a ride up Tromsø’s cable car to Fløya – Tromsø’s nearest mountain – for a great view of the town and its beautiful surroundings. Ambassador Balton even took a moment to demonstrate his juggling skill.

  • Video interviews with outgoing and incoming SAO Chairs

    On the eve of the Iqaluit Ministerial Meeting, current SAO Chair Vincent Rigby and incoming SAO Chair David Balton spoke about memories of the past two years and expectations for the future...