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  • Portrait of Bryndís Kjartansdóttir

    Interview with Bryndís Kjartansdóttir, Senior Arctic Official for Iceland

    The Arctic Council recently welcomed Bryndís Kjartansdottir as the new Senior Arctic Official for Iceland. In this interview, get to know her background and what she sees as the prospects and challenges for the Arctic Council in the months and years ahead.

  • Portrait of Nina Vaaja

    Interview with Nina Vaaja, director of the Arctic Council Secretariat

    In late 2017, the Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials selected Nina Vaaja as the new director of the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS) in Tromsø, Norway. Having served as deputy director for the ACS from 2013-2017, Ms. Vaaja is well-prepared for the tasks ahead.

  • image of SAO Chair Aleksi Härkönen

    A look ahead: The Arctic Council in 2018

    At the end of January, we spoke with Ambassador Aleksi Härkönen, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, about what the Arctic Council has coming up in 2018. It will be a year that is "both daunting and full of opportunity."

  • Portrait of René Söderman

    Interview with René Söderman, Senior Arctic Official for Finland

    With the advent of the Finnish Chairmanship in May of 2017, René Söderman assumed the role of Senior Arctic Official for Finland, while Aleksi Härkönen took on the role of SAO Chair. In this interview, get to know René Söderman's background and thoughts on his work with Arctic cooperation writ large.

  • Portrait of Björn Lyrvall

    Interview with Björn Lyrvall, Senior Arctic Official for Sweden

    The Arctic Council recently welcomed Ambassador Björn Lyrvall as the new Senior Arctic Official for Sweden. In this interview, get to know Ambassador Lyrvall's background and what he sees as the prospects and challenges for the Arctic Council in the months and years ahead.

  • Call for content: Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018

    The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, is seeking individuals and organizations to provide abstracts, organize sessions and submit posters that will encourage a dialogue on Arctic biodiversity...

  • Arctic Council meets in Finland, addresses pollution prevention and education

    At the meeting just concluded in Oulu, Finland, the Arctic Council addressed overarching issues for the region like pollution prevention and education. 

  • Arctic Council at COP23: Climate change in the Arctic and its global impacts

    The Arctic Council hosted "The global implications of a rapidly-changing Arctic" at COP23 in Bonn. Monday, 6 November, 13:15-14:45 in the Bonn Zone.

  • Senior Arctic Officials gather for first meeting during Finland’s Arctic Council Chairmanship

    On 25-26 October 2017, the Arctic Council will gather in Oulu, Finland for the first Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting held during the Chairmanship of Finland (2017-2019).

  • Interview: Mikael Hildén, Chair of Expert Group on black carbon and methane

    When the Arctic Council Chairmanship passed from the United States to Finland in May of 2017, the Arctic Council also welcomed new Chairs for several of its Working Groups, Task Forces, and Expert Groups. In the interview below, get to know Mikael Hildén of Finland, the Chair of the Expert Group in support of implementation of the framework for action on black carbon and methane, or EGBCM.

  • New Observer: Switzerland

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, Switzerland was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know Switzerland and its Arctic connections in the interview below.

  • New Observer: West Nordic Council

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, the West Nordic Council was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know the West Nordic Council and its Arctic connections in the interview below.

  • Anna Degteva to be new Executive Secretary of the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat

    Anna Degteva, who belongs to the Veps indigenous people of Russia, has been hired as the new Executive Secretary of the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat.

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  • Interview: Renée Sauvé, Chair of PAME

    Renée Sauvé chaired the Arctic Council Working Group PAME during the U.S. Chairmanship (2015-2017), and has stayed on as the group’s Chair for the Finnish Chairmanship (2017-2019). In the interview below, read some of her thoughts as she looks back to PAME’s past two years, and ahead to its bright future.

  • Interview: Jens Peter Holst-Andersen, Chair of EPPR

    When the Arctic Council Chairmanship passed from the United States to Finland in May of 2017, the Arctic Council also welcomed new Chairs for several of the six Working Groups. In the interview below, get to know Jens Peter Holst-Andersen of the Kingdom of Denmark, the new Chair of Working Group EPPR (Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response).

  • Interview: Ulrik Westman, Chair of ACAP

    Ulrik Westman chaired the Arctic Council Working Group ACAP during the U.S. Chairmanship (2015-2017), and has stayed on as the group’s Chair for the Finnish Chairmanship (2017-2019). In the interview below, read some of his thoughts as he looks back to ACAP’s past two years, and ahead to its bright future.

  • New Observer: Oceana

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, Oceana was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know Oceana and its Arctic connections in the interview below.

  • New Observer: ICES

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, ICES - the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea - was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know ICES and its Arctic connections in the interview below.

  • New Observer: National Geographic Society

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, the National Geographic Society was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know the Society and its Arctic connections below.

  • New Observer: OSPAR

    At the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May of 2017, OSPAR was one of seven new Observers admitted by Ministers. Get to know OSPAR and its Arctic connections in the interview below.