Arctic Council

The leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic.

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Biodiversity

The flora and fauna of the Arctic

Pollutants

While most regions of the Arctic are far removed from large industrialized areas, the environment in the high North carries the traces of human-induced pollution – from soot to plastics, from methane to pesticides.

Arctic peoples

The Arctic is home to almost four million people today – Indigenous people, more recent arrivals, hunters and herders living on the land, and city dwellers.

Climate

The temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise at more than twice the global annual average, which drives many of the changes underway in the Arctic.

Ocean

The Arctic States hold a responsibility to safeguard the future development of the region and to develop models for stewardship of the marine environment.

Who is the Arctic Council?

Expert groups and task forces carry out additional work.

What does the Arctic Council do?

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Generating 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.

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Policy recommendations

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

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Best practices

Sharing insights and supporting each other in solving common problems can catalyze healthier, self-sustained and vibrant communities in the North.

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International 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.

Iceland is the current chair of the Arctic Council.
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Long-term observations are an inherent process in our communities

Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough is the Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and she is one of the keynote speakers of the 2020 Arctic Observing Summit – a conference that...
31 Mar 2020

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Interview Sweden’s Senior Arctic Official Louise Calais
30 Mar 2020
Frozen Baikal Lake

Interview with Nikolay Korchunov, Russia’s Senior Arctic Official

Nikolay Korchunov is a career diplomat who has served as the Ambassador at Large for the Arctic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Russia and the Sen...
30 Mar 2020
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Events

April
20 Apr-23 Apr 2020
AMAP Climate Experts Group Meeting Teleconference
28 Apr-29 Apr 2020
AMAP Heads of Delegation Meeting Teleconference
May
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Featured Projects

Local 2 Global: Circumpolar collaboration for suicide prevention and mental wellness
Local 2 Global aims to facilitate international collaboration and connections between circumpolar communities working to prevent suicide and support the mental wellbeing of all Arctic youth and commun...
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One Health
Temperatures in the Arctic have risen at twice the rate compared to other parts of the world, resulting in a multitude of environmental changes that affect the health and wellbeing of millions of huma...
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Project CREATeS
Youth were invited to engage in a dialogue about suicide prevention by telling their own stories, and were supported to make these stories into digital stories, or short films.
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