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  • Oct 7–9, 2016
  • Harpa Concert and Conference Center, Reykjavík, Iceland

2016 Arctic Circle Assembly


Over 2000 participants from more than 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 presentation about her country's role in the Arctic. View the complete program here.


Secretary-General of the United Nations
First Minister of Scotland
Special Representative of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for the Arctic
Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC) from 2011 to 2020
Special Representative of Arctic Affairs, Foreign Ministry of China
Minister of Science, Education and Culture, Iceland
Premier of Québec

Ban Ki-Moon accepting the Arctic Circle Prize

The Arctic and Global Extreme Weather - Jennifer Francis at the Arctic Circle Assembly

The Role of the Arctic Coast Guard Forum - Jessica Shadian at the Arctic Circle Assembly

Ban Ki-Moon on the Paris Agreement and ICAO at the Arctic Circle Assembly

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The future of humanity is inextricably bound up with the future of the planet.

Carter RobertsPresident and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2016

Arctic Circle Prize

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, presented a keynote speech in which he outlined the future of international climate action following the Paris Climate Conference (COP21). Receiving the first Arctic Circle Prize, he acknowledged the achievements of international partners and urged world leaders to strengthen their efforts and commitments to the Paris Agreement.

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