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Mission Council on the GlobalArctic

The term "GlobalArctic" was conceptualized in 2014 due to the growing interest of multiple actors from non-Arctic states on Arctic issues as well as the Arctic Council's acceptance of new Observer States from Asia. The term has since been a subject of interest and discussion by experts, scholars and policymakers - some of whom are members of the Mission Council on the GlobalArctic.

The Mission Council, which was formally launched at the 2019 Arctic Circle China Forum in Shanghai, aims to interpret the globalized Arctic, encourage research and uphold dialogue on these various developments. It's members have in their professional capacities spearheaded the discussion on the GlobalArctic and will continue through the Mission Council to encourage dialogue and explore the concept and implications of the GlobalArctic.

The Mission

Memorandum by the Chair of the Mission Council on the GlobalArctic, Lassi Heininen, Professor Emeritus, published February 4th 2021 on the Launch of the Arctic Circle Mission Council on the GlobalArctic.


Dr. Lassi Heininen is Professor (emeritus) of Arctic Politics, Editor of Arctic Yearbook, Director of Calotte Academy, Leader of UArctic TN on Geopolitics & Security. His research fields include IR, Geopolitics, Security Studies, Environmental Politics, Northern European & Arctic Studies. He is a supervisor of several PhD candidates, regularly speaks in international gatherings, and chairs the GlobalArctic Mission Council of the Arctic Circle.
Professor of Media and Communication Studies and affiliated researcher at the Dept. of History and Philosophy, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council
Managing Editor of the Arctic Yearbook
Professor Emeritus, in charge Governance and Regulation at the Center for Digital Trust (C4DT) at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL).
President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation SPF
Rector, Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU), Russia
Academician, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) at the University of Helsinki
Ph.D, Director of Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
Ph.D., Vice President and Senior Research Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
Senior Researcher, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Center at the University of Lapland, Finland
Professor of Northern Studies and Barents Chair in Politics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø)
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Iceland.

VIRTUAL: The GlobalArctic Today!

The first VIRTUAL event of the GlobalArctic Mission Council. Members of the Mission Council discussed and answered questions from the audience on geopolitical stability & power politics, fossil economy, focus on science, and the urgency of climate change mitigation.

Sessions with Mission Council Members

Dialogue with the Chairs of the Mission Councils at the 2021 Arctic Circle Assembly

Lassi Heininen, Chair of the GlobalArctic Mission Council, introduces the new initiative at the 2019 Arctic Circle Assembly

Dalee Sambo Dorough discussed Inuit and Indigenous Rights at the 2019 Arctic Circle

Atsushi Sunami in the Future of Arctic Science VIRTUAL Broadcast in May 2021

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