Program News:

Observing and Responding to a Changing Arctic

(21. August 2017)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing a plenary session on the science of Arctic climate predictions and future effects on ecosystems and conservation. Scientific leaders will discuss the future of data and observation networks.


Expanding Arctic Indigenous Collaborations

(22. August 2017)

Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation, the Wilson Center, Alaska's North Slope Borough and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry are organizing a session on cross-border cooperation among Arctic indigenous peoples on business development and traditional subsistence.


Food and Agriculture Opportunities in South Greenland Under a Changing Climate

Organized by Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology (7. September 2017)

It is the Tenth Century. The Viking Erik the Red overlooks his fertile fields in South Greenland, where a mild climate has made agriculture possible in close proximity to the vast ice sheet. Five hundred years later, the Norse population was extinct, most likely due to the little ice age, but in 2017, the climate is again getting milder and allowing agriculture to flourish.


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

(21. August 2017)

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa will deliver a keynote speech: "the Way Forward in Global Climate Cooperation and Diplomacy."

"UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa" by UNclimatechange is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


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Arctic Circle Club

An innovation at the 2017 Assembly will be the establishment of the Arctic Circle Club on the top floor of Harpa. There you can meet friends, socialize or have informal meetings while enjoying a view of mountains, downtown Reykjavík and the city harbor. Admission to the Arctic Circle Club will be free for all registered Assembly participants.

The Arctic Circle Club will be open from the early evening to midnight on Friday and Saturday of the Assembly, as well as from the late afternoon into the evening on Sunday.

2016 Assembly

Over 2000 participants from more than 45 countries attended the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, accepted the first Arctic Circle Prize for his role in the negotiations on international climate cooperation during his mandate. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland gave a keynote presentaiton about her country's role in the Arctic.