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Svalbard. Photo: from the Arctic Frontiers 2016 programSvalbard. Photo: from the Arctic Frontiers 2016 program

The 10th Anniversary of Arctic Frontiers 2016

Last updated: 28.01.2016 // This week, more than 13,000 participants from around the world are gathered at the 10th anniversary of Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø, Northern Norway, to discuss the balance between industrial and environmental interests in the Arctic.

During the past decade, the Arctic has moved from a quiet region in the field of international politics, to become a global crossroad between industrial and environmental interests. This year’s Arctic Frontiers Conference, titled “Industry and Environment” provides the arena where delegates can discuss the balance between resource utilization and preservation in the region. Leaders such as Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Minister of Finance, Mineral Resources and Foreign Affairs, Greenland and Admiral Robert Japp, the Special Representative for the Arctic U.S. are among the policy keynote speakers.

The Arctic Frontiers Conference has three main pillars; the first two days has the policy section in focus. Here leaders has a debate, concerning responsibility, sustainability and economic growth in the Arctic. The next two days focuses on the business section, where sustainable business development in the Arctic are discussed. The last three days, leading scientists in environmental protection discuss issues concerning the effects of climate changes and technological progress in the Arctic.

The Arctic Frontiers Conference has become one of the main platforms for discussions of Arctic issues, to ensure a sustainable development in the region over the past decade. In addition, the Arctic issues have also been up for discussion on other platforms. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) last December, the rapid changes in the Arctic were identified. The EU funding programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, takes the Arctic dimension into account. The U.S. Chairman of the Arctic Council has taken an active role in paving the way to Arctic region as “One Arctic”. Russia and several Asian nations show an increased presence in the Arctic. At the Arctic Frontiers Conference, these and other delegates are gathered to discuss what is required for a well-planned, well-governed and sustainable future development in the Arctic. 


Related Links:

Homepage of Arctic Frontiers: here

The Norwegian Arctic Policy: here

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