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  • Oct 19–21, 2023
  • Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

2023 Arctic Circle Assembly

The 2023 Arctic Circle Assembly was held in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavík, Iceland, from October 19-21

The 2023 Assembly Program

More than 700 speakers in over 200 Sessions participated in the 2023 Arctic Circle Assembly, taking place in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík Iceland, October 19-21.

Speakers included

Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark
U.S. Senator for Alaska
Chair of the Military Committee, NATO
Prime Minister of Iceland
Minister of Northern Affairs of Canada
Minister for Energy and the Environment of Scotland
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign affairs, Industry and Trade of the Faroe Islands
COP28 President-Designate; UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Special Envoy for Climate Change
Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs of the U.S. Department of Energy
Ambassador for Polar and Maritime Issues of France
President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation SPF

The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Awards!

The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Awards were awarded for the third time at the 2023 Arctic Circle Assembly. The winner was Minik Rosing, for his initiative to use glacial rock flour to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, improve global food security, and bring new business opportunities to Greenland.

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The Final Night

The Final Night Reception was hosted by Kerecis, the first Arctic Marine Biotech Unicorn. The Final Night and was dedicated to Ísafjörður, the birthplace of Chairman Grímsson and the home of Kerecis.

The vision of the Norwegian Chairship of the Arctic Council

The New Arctic Vision of the United States

The Mission of the Global Climate Conference

H.E. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Foreign Minister of Denmark

Sara Olsvig, International Chair of Inuit Circumpolar Council

Indigenous Peoples in Global Solutions

Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs: The Canadian North

Critical Minerals in the Arctic

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In Memoriam: Scott Minerd

A special session in Plenary was dedicated to the memory of Scott Minerd. Scott was the Chief Investment Officer of Guggenheim Partners and an avid advocate for ensuring that investment in the Arctic is sustainable and responsible. He spoke at several Arctic Circle Assemblies and Forums, led the creation of the Arctic Investment Protocol and prepared for a growing global engagement in the Arctic.

Visit the photo gallery from the 2023 Assembly!

Assembly Tours on Sunday, October 22nd

For the past years, participants at the Arctic Circle Assembly have been invited to book Assembly Tours on the day after the Assembly ends. The tours offer adventures in Iceland with expert guides.

Meeting Spaces at the Assembly

Meeting Spaces at the Arctic Circle Assembly are perfect for workshopping, networking, and connecting with other attendees. All those registered to the Arctic Circle Assembly can reserve a Meeting Space.

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