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The Arctic Circle is nonprofit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations and public associations around the world are invited to hold meetings within the Arctic Circle platform to advance their own missions and the broader goal of increasing collaborative decision-making without surrendering their institutional independence.

The Arctic Circle is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. Participating organizations will maintain their full institutional independence, identity
and decision-making abilities. To this end, the Arctic Circle aims to create opportunities for everyone to attend different meetings, conduct their own networking and engage in one-on-one informal discussions. Organizations will be able to decide their own agendas and convene their own meetings.


Topics

The Arctic Circle will organize sessions on a variety of issues, such as:

  • Sea ice melt and extreme weather
  • Polar law: treaties and agreements
  • The role and rights of indigenous peoples
  • Security in the Arctic
  • Shipping and transportation infrastructure
  • The prospects and risks of oil and gas drilling
  • Clean energy achievements and sustainable development
  • Arctic resources
  • Business cooperation in the Arctic
  • The role of Asian and European countries in the Arctic
  • Greenland in the new Arctic
  • Fisheries and ecosystem management
  • The science of ice: global research cooperation
  • Arctic tourism
  • The ice-dependent world: the Arctic and the Himalayas
Arctic Circle

The unique arts and cultural attributes of the Arctic will also be presented through a variety of performances, exhibitions and programs.

The Arctic Circle will be an annual open assembly that takes place in mid-October in countries around the circumpolar Arctic. The program will be designed in collaboration with partnering organizations. The Arctic Circle will facilitate working meetings across issues and organizations and provide a forum for discussions hosted by different international and Arctic institutions. Following the meeting, participating organizations will be invited to a brainstorming session to contribute ideas for the 2014 Arctic Circle assembly.

Organizations and individuals are invited to use the Arctic Circle as a
platform to extend the reach of their efforts by hosting or participating
in various meetings and sessions, announcing news of their activities
and achievements, holding informal networking meetings or showcasing
any other aspect of their important work. Their suggestions for speakers
and participants in special dialogue sessions are welcomed, and they are
also invited to send representatives who would benefit from participating.

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