About the Arctic Circle
The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. It is an open democratic platform with participation from governments, organizations, corporations, universities, think tanks, environmental associations, indigenous communities, concerned citizens, and others interested in the development of the Arctic and its consequences for the future of the globe. It is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization.
Over 2000 participants from 50 countries attended the 2015 Arctic Circle Assembly. President of France François Hollande gave a keynote speech discussing the importance of the Arctic as an arena for international climate action leading up to the COP21 Paris Climate Conference. Delegations from China and Germany represented Chinese and German business, research, and policy in the Arctic.
With over 350 participants from 20 countries, the Arctic Circle Greenland Forum was the largest international gathering on the Arctic ever to have been held in Greenland. Organized in cooperation with the Government of Greenland -- Naalakkersuisut -- the Forum focused on economic development for the peoples of the Arctic.
The Forum's speakers addressed issues of the human dimension of industrial projects, examined various forms of indigenous empowerment and representation, shared concrete examples of business plans and initiatives, and envisioned a future of mental well-being in the Arctic.