The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. The German Arctic Office participated in the 2018 Assembly in Reykjavik (Iceland) and the Forum in Seoul (Korea) and contributed to the program.
The Arctic Circle is an open democratic platform with participation from governments, organizations, corporations, universities, think tanks, environmental associations, indigenous communities, concerned citizens, and others interested in the development of the Arctic and its consequences for the future of the globe. It is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization.
The Arctic Office participated in the Arctic Circle Assembly 2018 which took place in Reykjavík, Iceland on October 19-21, 2018 and contributed to two breakout sessions:
“The Second Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin – Challenges, Commitments and Co-operation”, organized by the European Commission, the Ministry for Education and Culture of the Republic of Finland and the Ministry for Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany.
“Supporting the Implementation of the Arctic Science Agreement”, organized by the University of the Arctic (UArctic), the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and the Science Diplomacy Center at Tufts University.
The full program of the Arctic Circle Assembly 2018 is here available.
The Arctic Circle Korea Forum “Asia meets the Arctic: Science, Connectivity and Partnership” took place in Seoul, 7-8 December 2018. The program included four panels, focusing on Arctic science, innovation and cooperation from an Asian perspective. The meeting was convened by the former President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson and included keynotes presented by the former Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon and the Ambassador of Arctic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland Einar Gunnarsson.
The Arctic Office contributed to the session on “Arctic Science: Serving Arctic and Global Needs” with a presentation summarizing the outcome and lessons learnt from the Second Arctic Science Ministerial.
The full program can be found here.