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Arctic Council

The leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic.

Who we are

Who we are

Expert groups and task forces carry out additional work.

Where we focus

How we work

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Agreements and cooperation

The establishment of the Arctic Council was considered an important milestone enhancing cooperation in the circumpolar North. In the Ottawa Declaration, the eight Arctic States established the Council as a high-level forum to provide means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States – including the full consultation and full involvement of Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants.

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Data and knowledge

At any given time the Council’s subsidiary bodies – the Working and Expert Groups – are engaged in close to 100 projects and initiatives.

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Monitoring

As the Arctic continues to experience a period of intense and accelerating change it has become increasingly important to have better information on the status and trends of the Arctic environment.

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Assessments

Through the ever-growing body of assessments produced by its six Working Groups, the Arctic Council serves as knowledge broker and global advocate for Arctic topics. The Working Groups’ assessments have been instrumental in bringing Arctic issues to a global arena through policy recommendations and international cooperation.

Recommendations

The strong knowledge base produced by the Arctic Council’s Working Groups and other subsidiary bodies feeds into recommendations for informed decision-making.

News and stories

One year into the 2023-2025 Norwegian Chairship: A Q&A with SAO Chair Morten Høglund

One year ago, Norway took over as Chair of the Arctic Council in an unprecedented and challenging situation following a pause of all official Arctic Council meetings. Fro...
16 May 2024

Arctic Council Annual Report 2023

The latest in a string of unprecedented and eventful years for the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS), 2023 certainly did not disappoint; bringing about several new challen...
24 Apr 2024

Arctic Congress Bodø 2024: A three-in-one conference for arthropod experts and Arctic ambassadors alike

From 29 May to 3 June, Bodø will serve as the venue for the Arctic Congress Bodø 2024, an event combining the UArctic Congress, the International Congress of Arctic Socia...
23 Apr 2024
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