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Witnessing the Dawn of a New Era: Arctic Frontiers 2103, the Conclusion of Geopolitics in the High North, and a New Arctic Council Secretariat

Carl Bildt, Espen Barth Eide, Leona Aglukkaq, and Magnús Jóhannesson hold a the press conference following the signing of the host country agreement on the new Secretariat in Tromso. Photo: Arctic Council

The 2013 Arctic Frontiers conference saw the official conclusion of the Geopolitics in the High North project at the same time as it witnessed the birth of the new Arctic Council Secretariat to be based in Tromsø. Arctic Forum Foundation was on the scene for both events. Secretary General of the Arctic Forum Foundation, SteffenWeber, attended the signing ceremony for the Secretariat, and spoke with a number of Arctic Council Permanent Participants, members of the Indigenous community, and various experts on the subject of deeper cooperation between them and Arctic Forum Foundation as the Council surges forward under its new Canadian leadership (officially taken over at the Arctic Council Ministerial in Kiruna). Arctic Forum Foundation’s cooperation with the Geopolitics in the High North project has been a valued one, and we look forward to continuing a fruitful dialogue with the project’s members as they embark on new Arctic geopolitics-related endeavors. Read more…

Check out the New Arctic Online Database (ARCTIS)


The ARCTIS Online Database (Arctic Resources & Transportation Information System) is a new searchable online database on shipping in Arctic waters, transportation infrastructure, mineral and energy resources, and innovative logistics solutions in the Arctic. The database is developed by the Centre for High North Logistics (CHNL) in North Norway. Read more…

New challenges and perspectives for further collaboration discussed during the International Conference “Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region in the Field of Education and Research as a Resource for Regional Development”

The International Conference “Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region in the field of education and research as a resource for regional development” took place in the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk on November 27-29, 2012. The Conference was organized by cooperating twin-universities NArFU and the University of Tromsø under their co-chairmanship in the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Science (JWGER BEAC). 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…

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…


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