In Nordurslod – The North Path - a dynamic community will come together and thrive through creative interaction: Innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, visionaries and others; young in spirit and many in age. A community inspired by the dedication to a sustainable future; a world of climate stability and clean energy, open dialogue and the empowerment of indigenous communities.
The building will become a symbol of hope and concrete successes; proving what can be achieved when dedicated people of diverse origins come together for a common cause. Iceland is an ideal place for such an endeavour. A peaceful, pristine and beautiful country; advanced in modernity, knowledge, technology and social progress. A small country which does not threaten anyone and desires harmony between all; at the centre of the North-Atlantic; in the new gangways between Europe, America and Asia.
For nearly a decade, the Arctic Circle, through its Assemblies, Forums, Mission Councils and other innovative platforms has been an open, democratic and dynamic model; proving that creative multidimensional structures are indeed in harmony with the spirit and the necessity of our times.
The old model was based on the privileges granted to Governments and their positions within International Organizations established in the wake of the Second World War; acquiring strength during the Cold War and its immediate aftermath; dominated by a small group of leading powers, especially the five nuclear weapon states.
This worldview has now fundamentally changed. Around 200 states shape the global space, joined by thousands of influential non-governmental organisations, international associations, universities, think tanks, research centres and global companies. Modern social media has given dedicated individuals and activists, young and old, international and local, the tools to challenge prevailing wisdoms and to pioneer fresh approaches to the problems burdening Mother Earth and the communities of her People. Driving global and regional agendas forward requires effective interchange between this broadened universe of collaborators. The role of traditional governmental institutions, though still vital, is not enough. Success in the 21st century requires a new model of engagement.
Nordurslod is intended to become such a centre, using Iceland as a base and inspiration. Partners from different continents will be invited to establish a presence and operations within the building. In the first phase, priority will be given to institutions, organizations and countries which have in previous years and decades joined President Grímsson in the Arctic Circle and other international endeavours.
The vision is to construct a new, highly modern building, reflecting the 21st century progressive vision of international cooperation, sustainability and eco-friendly communities. It will house the future headquarters of the Arctic Circle and serve as an international hub for activities and organisations that focus on the Climate, Arctic, Renewable Energy, Oceans and other global concerns. It has been given the preliminary Icelandic name Nordurslod. In English the term translates to The North Path.
International progress has in recent times been served by activities and engagements centred on specific locations. Thus, for example, Silicon Valley promotes technological innovation, Wall Street financial partnerships and Geneva diplomatic negotiations and global health. There is, as of yet, no such location for the Climate and the Arctic anywhere in the world. By establishing Nordurslod, Iceland declares its willingness to become such a location, mobilizing a diverse community of potential international partners. It is well placed to fill that gap, due to its geopolitical position, leadership in clean energy and record of innovations.