The Arctic Forum Foundation functions as an independent, non-profit platform & bridge builder for Arctic-focused actors in politics, science, civil society and business. Through its three pillars - the Arctic Economic Forum, the EU Arctic Forum, and the Science Policy Forum, the foundation utilizes its extensive network to ensure impacts in decision-making and efficient cooperation.

Arctic Economic Forum

The Arctic Economic Forum facilitates interaction between the business community and the political arena. 

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EU Arctic Forum

The EU Arctic Forum aims at ensuring efficient impacts in debates within EU policy decision-making processes.

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Science Policy Forum

The Science Policy Forum connects the research and development sphere with policy makers.

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Engaging NGOs on EU Arctic Policy and the Oil and Gas Industry: 12-13 November, Haparanda, Sweden

John Crump, introducing the panel discussion on the EU and the Arctic Region. Photo: Björn Alfthan

The Arctic NGO Forum of 12-13 November tackled the issue of NGOs in the Arctic context, and placed the development of Arctic resources into the larger picture of what was referred to as the “third industrial revolution” – the green economy – and its need for raw materials. This green revolution will be based, and indeed will depend, on low-carbon technologies potentially fueled by gas and gas carbohydrates from the Arctic. The Arctic Forum Foundation’s Secretary General, Steffen Weber, addressed the Forum in his capacity as an expert on EU policy development and the Northern Dimension energy strategy and who is also credited as the chief advisor on the EU Parliament’s Arctic Report. Bringing his personal experience in impacting the policy process at the EU level to bear, Mr. Weber blended the topics of energy development and the role of NGOs in the energy policy process; showing the possibilities for NGOs when cooperating with one another and/or interacting with third-party actors when dealing with the EU. Read more

Arctic Forum Fellows and Secretary General Contributing to the Arctic Yearbook 2012: Documenting Fast Times in the Arctic

The Arctic Yearbook 2012 was released online in November 2012, and officially launched at an event at the Université du Québec à Montréal, a University of the Arctic member. The Arctic Yearbook 2012 had 17 articles and 5 commentaries written by 28 authors from 12 countries. Arctic Forum Foundation’s own Steffen Weber, Cécile Pelaudeix and Iulian Romanyshyn contributed to the edition with a comment on EU’s New Arctic Communication. You can read their contribution here.  Read more

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

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


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