Arctic Council Negotiations In Stockholm

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:47 GMT Jump to Comments

Close to 180 representatives from the Arctic Council's Member States, indigenous peoples and working groups will convene on 28-29 March during Stockholm Polar Week. The agenda will include one of the Swedish Chairmanship's most important tasks - strengthening the Arctic Council.

"During the meeting in Stockholm, we hope to make a number of significant decisions on the regulatory framework for the Council's new standing secretariat in Tromsö," says Sweden's Arctic Ambassador Gustaf Lind.

One year ago, the Council's members decided also to develop a plan to improve the Arctic Council's strategic communication. The Chairmanship hopes to reach a consensus on the proposal now on the table.

Participants will also receive a report about the ongoing activities of the Arctic Council's working groups. Several of the groups are currently involved in identifying areas in the Arctic that are particularly worthy of protection from an integrated perspective. A more in-depth discussion concerning how the Arctic Council will proceed with this is expected at the next Senior Arctic Official (SAO) meeting in November.

The SAO meeting in Stockholm is the second during the Swedish Chairmanship and will conclude the round of Arctic Council negotiations before the Deputy Ministers' meeting in May. Mr Lind will tweet from the meeting in Stockholm (@sacochair). The hashtag for the week is #polarweek.

Time and place

Journalists are welcome to attend the Museum of Natural History's polar exhibition mingle on Tuesday 27 March between 17.30 and 21.00 to meet polar researchers and representatives from the Arctic Council's Member States, indigenous peoples' organisations and working groups. Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will give the opening address. Prior notification of attendance is required. Please contact Linn Duvhammar at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Press Service: linn.duvhammar@foreign.ministry.se or +46 709 280855.

Journalists are also welcome to attend the opening of the SAO meeting at the Museum of Natural History in Stockholm on Wednesday 28 March at 9.00. Ambassador Gustaf Lind, representatives of the Arctic indigenous peoples and prominent Arctic researchers will be on hand for interviews by appointment. Prior notification of attendance is required. Please contact Linn Duvhammar at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Press Service: linn.duvhammar@foreign.ministry.se or +46 709 280855.

Lectures and seminars for the public

Within the framework of Stockholm Polar Week and in conjunction with the Arctic Council's SAO meeting, the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat will hold its annual Polar Forum. Joint seminars, film showings at Cosmonova and panel debates on the vast changes occurring in the Arctic will be held daily and are open to the public. The Arctic Reality - What's Next? seminar presents researchers' views on what should be prioritised to manage and reduce climate change on the basis of the Arctic Council's report 'Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic' (SWIPA). Maritime law, business development in the Arctic, sustainable development and resilience are other themes that will be addressed. See separate programme for each seminar.

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