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12th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting convenes in Reykjavík

The meeting will further cooperation among Arctic States and Indigenous Permanent Participants, and mark the end of the Icelandic Chairmanship and beginning of the Russia...
10 May 2021

Sneak peek into the new work of the Arctic Council – A briefing series

Be one of the first to learn about the latest reports, assessments and activities from the Council’s Working Groups on the topics of climate change, Arctic shipping, huma...
06 May 2021

Observer Event on Arctic Governance: Opening remarks by the Arctic Council Chair

In an effort to enhance engagement with Arctic Council Observers, the Icelandic Chairmanship organized an online Observer event on 21 April. The topic up for discussion w...
22 Apr 2021

The 12th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting

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16 Apr 2021

Report on Shipping in the Northwest Passage Launched

The Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) issued its third Arctic Shipping Status Report – Shipping in the Northwest Pa...
13 Apr 2021

A seat at the table – How Arctic Indigenous peoples negotiated their Permanent Participant status

The status of “Permanent Participants” is unique in international cooperation. The Arctic Council was the first (and so far only) intergovernmental forum to accredit Indi...
10 May 2021
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Reflections on the Past and Future of the Arctic Council

Happy Birthday to the Arctic Council! On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Council’s founding under the Ottawa Declaration, the international community has the opportun...
10 May 2021
Credit: Kari Mäenpää

Ten years of sustained Arctic observing

The Arctic is undergoing rapid change. In order to understand the effects on ecological and socio-economic systems, as well as to implement mitigation and adaptation meas...
10 May 2021
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The Russian Chairmanship Begins

May 2021 marks the second time Russia will assume the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
10 May 2021
Alpine Catchfly (Viscaria alpina), found in the northern mountains of the Nordic region. Carolyn Mallory / Arctic Council

Gender equality for a sustainable and prosperous Arctic

Assessing gender issues in the Arctic is a challenging and important step towards gender equality.
10 May 2021
Credit: Hugi Ólafsson

Fish collagen and Senegal flounders

Iceland is leading the way in the blue bioeconomy and initiated a study to explore its potential in the Arctic. While there’s no one-size-fits-all business model, ocean i...
10 May 2021
Participants in CAFF’s youth summit, 2018 Environment Ministers’ meeting  Credit: Ministry of the Environment Finland/Kaisa Sirén

Building the future: An ode to youth and resilience

At the Arctic Frontiers 2021 conference, Joel Clement held the keynote for the “Building the future” panel. His inspirational speech was an ode to empowering youth and bu...
10 May 2021
Credit: Nina Ågren

The workhorses behind the success

The work of the Arctic Council is so intricately linked to its six Working Groups that it would be impossible to write about the Council’s accomplishments without referri...
10 May 2021
Photo: Nikolay Yakushev

The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative

Building flyway cooperation to support Arctic-breeding birds across the world
10 May 2021

Revitalizing Arctic Indigenous languages

The World’s Indigenous languages are facing challenges and many of them are at risk of extinction. The Arctic Council Permanent Participants among other Indigenous people...
10 May 2021
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Snapshot of an ever-changing Arctic: The state of Arctic terrestrial biodiversity

Climate change is driving significant changes that could lead to ecological catastrophes in the Arctic
10 May 2021

Covid-19: The Arctic Experience

Covid-19 is a global pandemic, a shock with wide-ranging implications. The longer-term implications remain unclear. However, we’ve already learned that we are not all imp...
10 May 2021
Credit: IISD/ENB Kiara Worth

On the heels of persistent pollutants

Persistent organic pollutants have been on the radar of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) for a long time.
10 May 2021
Evenki reindeer herder is making traditional Evenki bread – tupa. Neryungri District, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia. Credit: Yuri Kokovin

EALLU and Arctic Indigenous Peoples´ Food Systems

The Role of Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development
10 May 2021
Northern lights at Kirkufell, Iceland. CREDIT: NICK PANDEVONIUM

Towards a Sustainable Arctic

The Icelandic Chairmanship (2019-2021) in review.
10 May 2021
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Calendar

May
20 May 2021
Ministerial Meeting Reykjavik/Online
June
17 Jun 2021
SDWG Executive Meeting Moscow, Russian Federation
29 Jun-30 Jun 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Moscow, Russian Federation
September
27 Sep-01 Oct 2021
Cryosphere, Climate and Water in a Warming World Reykjavík, Iceland
November
23 Nov-25 Nov 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard, Russian Federation
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