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.
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.