EU Arctic Forum

Arctic Council SAO Meeting – Haparanda, Sweden, 14-15 November, 2012

The third SAO meeting under the Swedish Chairmanship.Photo: Arctic Council

The third SAO meeting under the Swedish Chairmanship took place immediately following the NGO Forum on the Arctic Oil and Gas industry and the EU at the “Folkets Hus” in Haparanda – a border town rich in symbolism as a space of cooperation. Arctic Forum Foundation’s Secretary General, Steffen Weber, participated as an observer as those in attendance were informed of the suspension of RAIPON by the Russian government; discussion focused on the potential ramifications of that event (RAIPON has since been re-instated following some amendments to their charter).  Read more…

Meeting on the role of the EU in Arctic Research in the European Parliament – Conclusions of the Participants of the Policy-Science-Interface Seminar

The EU Arctic Forum together with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the International Arctic Social Science Association (IASSA), and the University of the Arctic (Uarctic) organized a meeting in Brussels on the role of the EU in research and development in the Arctic. The meeting organized in cooperation with the most important Arctic research umbrella organisations focussed on the need for an EU Policy Science Interface for the Arctic. Read more…

Arctic Forum Foundation cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region: Kirkenes/Murmansk, 21-24 October 2012

Arctic Forum Foundation’s Secretary General Steffen Weber made a quick tour of the Kirkenes-Murmansk EU Border Region, attending meetings with Barents area regional organizations in Kirkenes on 21-22 October and continuing with the conference “Transport and Logistics Solutions in the Northern Dimension Area from the Development Perspective of the High North Region” on 23-24 October.  Mr. Weber met with key actors in the region, and took part in discussions generally dedicated to issues of Barents regional development and Euro-Russian cooperation in the Arctic. Read more…

The Arctic Forum Foundation at Global Economic Symposium, Rio – Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean: finding a solution

Photo: Global Economic Symposium

The Global Economic Symposium held in Rio on October 16 and 17, 2012,  gathered policy-makers, academics, business leaders and civil society to seek solutions to the world’s problems that have become global. A panel on the Arctic addressed the issue of exploring energy resources. Among experts invited, the Arctic Forum Foundation emphasized the need for a holistic approach in dealing with the global issue of energy resources. “Evaluate Arctic drilling” was one of the most popular solution proposals of the Global Economic Symposium. Read more…

Riga Security Conference, Sept 14-15 2012: Highlighting Arctic Resources and Regional Security in the Company of Artur Chilingarov

 Arctic Forum Foundation Secretary General Steffen Weber joined The Riga Conference 2012 as part of a panel discussion on Arctic resources and security in the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions moderated by Mr. Andreas Klein, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Representative to the Baltic States. Joined by Prof. Nikita Lomagin, Deputy Head of World Economy Department, Faculty of Economics St.Petersburg State University, Ambassador Gustaf Lind, Swedish Ambassador for the Arctic and Ms. Alyson Bailes, Visiting Professor, University of Iceland in Reykjavik, the panel discussed the increasing geopolitical risks associated with dramatic climate change and the relative effect it may have on arctic regional security.  There to present the Russian viewpoint was none other than Artur Chilingarov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic. Read more…


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