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  • 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.

  • Photo: Patrick Borbey will take on the position of SAO Chair during the Canadian Chairmanship.

    Canadian Chair of Senior Arctic Officials Announced

    On March 11, 2013, Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister for the Arctic Council, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, announced that Patrick Borbey will become Chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) for the Canadian Chairmanship from 2013-2015.

  • Overview photo of the town of Kiruna (Photo by Kiruna Municipality)

    The lively town of Kiruna will host Ministerial Meeting in May

    The Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting will be held 15 May in the small town in Swedish Lapland. The venue is special not only for its beautiful nature, but also for its exceptional future: in a few years the whole town will be moved to a new location a few kilometers away.

  • Photo caption: CAFF Biennial Meeting delegates had the opportunity to attend a performance at the Sakha Republic’s Dance Theater. Photo: Arctic Council

    Arctic Council working groups complete documents for Ministerial

    Last week three of the Arctic Council working groups held their last meetings before the Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna in May. The ACAP, CAFF, and PAME working groups made the final changes to the assessments and reports which will be presented to the Arctic Ministers. The working groups also completed reports over their activities 2011-2013 and their work plans for 2013-2015.

  • Ministers signing host country agreement

    Video from Host Country Agreement Signing

    View the video from the Host Country Agreement signing ceremony in Tromsø last week. In the video you can hear some of the speeches held by Espen Barth Eide, Carl Bildt and Leona Aglukkaq and also observe the signing of the Host Country Agreement between Norway and the new Director of the secretariat Magnús Jóhannesson. 

  • EMA conference participants in front of The National Library of Russia in St.Petersburg

    Electronic Memory of the Arctic: Digitized History and Culture

    The cultural heritage of the Arctic, the history of the exploration of the Arctic and the life of the region’s inhabitants are highly important. However, these can often be hard to restore, because the information resources are rare and incomplete, have different formats and languages and is spread across many countries.

  • Photo caption: From North America to Russia to Scandinavia, the Santa Claus figure is celebrated in different ways in the regions of the Arctic.

    Santa, our Arctic colleague

    As December 24 draws near children all over the world wait impatiently for Santa Claus to arrive with their gifts. In the Arctic countries Santa Claus goes by many different names and wears a variety of symbolic costumes. From North America to Russia to Scandinavia, the Santa Claus figure is celebrated in different ways in the regions of the Arctic.

  • 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.