Breakout Session: "Increasing International Cooperation on Arctic Science via Ministerial Meetings"
(Saturday, 14 October, 16.00-17.30)typo3/#_msocom_1
The Session, organized by the European Commission Directorate General of Research & Innovation, the Ministry for Education and Culture of Finland, the Ministry for Education and Research of Germany and the United States Arctic Research Commission, was chaired by the head of the German Arctic Office. The session discussed the conception, execution, and outcomes of Arctic Science Ministerial Meetings and how they advance international cooperation. Presentations described the first Ministerial, hosted by the White House in Washington, DC, in September 2016, including the political and policy motivation, the development of the agenda, the identification of themes and the outcomes and broader implications of the event. The session also served as an opportunity to provide information about the upcoming Ministerial to be hosted jointly by the EU-Finland-Germany in Berlin on 25-26 October 2018. The participation of indigenous communities from the Arctic region is considered a priority. Their traditional knowledge and understanding of their natural environment is an essential element which contributes significantly to scientific understanding.