Arctic Circle and the United Arab Emirates Ministry for Climate Change and Environment organized a Dialogue on the Third Pole Process in the UAE Pavilion at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt. The dialogue was opened by Arctic Circle Chairman Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and the UAE Minister for Climate Change and Environment, H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Almheiri. Chairman Grímsson and Minister Almheiri layed out the rationale of the Third Pole Process and discussed the upcoming Arctic Circle Abu Dhabi Forum taking place in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on January 17-18, 2023.
Presentations were also delivered by H.E. Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate in the Government of Iceland and Chairman Arctic Council 2019-2021. The Minister reiterated his commitment to the Third Pole Process.
The final opening presentation was delivered by Sara Olsvig, International Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council, who discussed how Indigenous peoples are included in the institutional fabric of the Arctic and how that could, in addition to other elements, be a model for the Third Pole.
Following the opening speeches, the dialogue continued by audience participants from Nepal, India, China, the United States and other countries putting questions to Chairman Grímson and H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Almheiri.
Thus, the Third Pole Process became an integral part of the COP27 in Egypt. On the sidelines of the climate conference, both Dagfinnur Sveinbjörnsson, Arctic Circle Emissary on the Third Pole, Climate and the Oceans and Chairman Grímsson discussed the Third Pole Process and the upcoming Abu Dhabi Forum with representatives from numerous countries, organizations and institutions.