About 250 participants attended the Arctic Circle Korea Forum, "Asia and the Arctic," which was held December 7-8, 2018 in Seoul. Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, made a keynote address in the opening session of the Forum, which was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea, Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) and Korea Maritime Institute (KMI). The Forum concluded with a visit to the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI).
Over 2000 participants from about 60 countries attended the sixth Arctic Circle Assembly. H.E. Taro Kono, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, made a keynote address in the Assembly's opening session alongside H.E. Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland. Indigenous leaders from the Arctic and other parts of the world discussed the role of traditional knowledge in understanding and adapting to climate change. In total, over 600 speakers participated in the Assembly's 140 sessions.