Assembly Program News

His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

(25. September 2017)

The Arctic Circle, in cooperation with the World Council of Churches and the National Church of Iceland, has invited His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and other church leaders to participate in plenary and breakout sessions at the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly. 

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MSV Nordica Icebreaking Vessel

Arctia Offshore Ltd. MSC Nordica at the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly (13. September 2017)

In celebration of the centenary of Finland's independence – Finland 100 – Arctia Ltd. is sending the icebreaker MSV Nordica to the Arctic Circle Assembly. She will be docked at Reykjavík's Miðbakki berth just a stone's throw from Harpa.

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Indigenous Arctic-global dialogue

(25. August 2017)

How does traditional knowledge help communities respond and adapt to climate change? How do international governance structures recognise traditional knowledge (or not)? How do interactions between humans and their environment differ from North to South? Indigenous representatives from the Arctic and from elsewhere in the world will discuss these questions and more.

Photo: Brian Adams

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Building Successful Arctic Youth Engagement

(25. August 2017)

Climate change in the Arctic did not happen overnight and cannot be solved overnight. Younger generations play an important role in addressing these challenges: Hear Arctic youth engagement strategies from the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 

“Upernavik first day in class” By Kim Hansen [GFDL]

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Arms race and disarmament in the Russian-US Arctic dialogue

Organized by the University of the Arctic’s and Northern Research Forum’s Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security (25. August 2017)

Where has disarmament taken us and what is its future? Hear Russian and American perspectives on the military policies and defence strategies in the Arctic since the Cold War in a breakout session organized by the Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

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A new ocean on top of the world - protection and governance

(25. August 2017)

The Arctic Ocean could have ice-free summers by 2030. What initiatives are necessary to ensure proper international governance of its unique and sensitive marine environment? Greenpeace Nordic is organising a session on the roles and responsibilities of Arctic states in ocean governance the coming years.

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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.

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Arctic Science from Research to Practice: Kingdom of Denmark

(22. August 2017)

Denmark’s Ministry of Higher Education and Science is organising a session with Ministers from Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands to hold a dialogue with scientists on how research can act as a propeller for the development of Arctic societies.

Photo: Morten Rasch

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The future of Arctic fisheries

(22. August 2017)

How will fisheries adapt to warming Arctic waters? How can the Arctic contribute to global food security in the future? The Korea Maritime Institute(KMI), the Korea Polar Research Institute(KOPRI), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations will discuss these questions in various sessions.

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Japan Night

19:00-20:00, Saturday, October 14 in Norðurljós, Harpa Second Level (22. August 2017)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will invite Assembly participants to an evening of Japanese entertainment to mingle, learn about Japanese Arctic research, and enjoy shamisen and enka performances.

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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.

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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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85 Years of Polish Arctic Research

(21. August 2017)

Did you know that Polish researchers on Svalbard collect data for forecasting and climatological purposes? The Hornsund Station is part of long tradition of Polish Arctic science, which you can hear more about in a Country Session convened by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland.

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Indigenous-Knowledge-driven monitoring

(21. August 2017)

Learn more about community-based observing initiatives in a breakout session organized by the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Group on Earth Observations, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the European Polar Board (EPB) and the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)

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Sensing the Arctic with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

(21. August 2017)

How can autonomous systems complement satellite observations in monitoring high latitude-regions? Learn more in a breakout session convened by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the UK's Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC).

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Sustainable Northern Coastal Communities

(21. August 2017)

How do coastal erosion, reduced ice cover and extreme weather events impact traditional fisheries and marine transport in coastal communities? A Canadian-Norwegian partnership will explore these issues in a breakout session.

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