It is my great pleasure to warmly welcome you all to Greenland and to the Arctic Circle Greenland Forum 2022. It is caribou hunting season and many have gone hunting. Because we still live with and from our nature in modern Greenland as we have always done. Since without our nature we cannot be here.
In this Forum, we will discuss many important topics, such as climate change, prosperity, progress and geopolitics. I look forward to hearing the various debates and to the dialogue and the many exciting inputs that will come from you, participants. The whole world's eyes are on the Arctic, and in the last few years we have noticed a growing interest in the Arctic and Greenland. Apart from considerations regarding buying Greenland, which is not possible at all, the opportunities in the Arctic are great. Critical minerals, new opportunities due to climate change – including navigation opportunities where it was not possible before and not least our geographical location.
International politicians, business people, tourists and more travel to Greenland. And everyone is welcome. However, it must be on our terms. Greenland is the Arctic – and the Arctic is Greenland. One of the main topics we have to discuss in this Forum is climate change. I can see in the program that there are several interesting people who will talk about the topic and I look forward to getting the latest update from the climate scientists. We must all combat climate change. Because we live under the same sun. We live under the same stars. We are surrounded by the same ocean. We breathe the same air. When the ice melts in the Arctic – it is not only a challenge for the Inuit – but it affects the entire globe.