The Arctic Council Agreement on Enhancing International Science Cooperation

 

At its ministerial meeting in Fairbanks in May 2017, the Arctic Council adopted the Agreement on Enhancing International Science Cooperation, aiming to “increase effectiveness and efficiency in the development of scientific knowledge about the Arctic.” The agreement goes about this by addressing how scientific activities can be facilitated. Key provisions of the agreement concern the entry and exit of scientific personnel, equipment and materials to and from territories, access to research infrastructure and facilities, access to research areas, and access to data.

Having adopted the agreement, the key question now is its implementation. How are the Arctic governments going to move the agreement from paper to practice? This roundtable will discuss core aspects of the agreement, how they will be implemented in practice, and what the likely gains are for science. An important aspect is also the role of Arctic Council observer countries, some of which are major actors in Arctic research, in this context.

With the enormous scale of the research challenges in the high north, there is a strong case also for strengthening international cooperation on science as such, including its governance. There are now a large number of programs, initiatives and projects, but little overall coordination and oversight. SAON is an attempt at this for observation networks and data management, and one question is how this cooperation can be strengthened.

Moderator: Anniken Krutnes, Senior Arctic Official, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Program

  • Evan Bloom, Director, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Edel Elvevoll, Professor, the University of Tromsø
  • Keiji Ide, Ambassador of Japan for Arctic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Volker Rachold, Head, German Arctic Office, the Alfred Wegener institute
  • Oran Young, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara

Organiser: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com

Arena Arena

Monday 22nd January 2018

16:00 - 18:00

Radisson Blu Hotel - Charly Nord

2018-01-22 16:00 2018-01-22 18:00 Europe/Oslo The Arctic Council Agreement on Enhancing International Science Cooperation   At its ministerial meeting in Fairbanks in May 2017, the Arctic Council adopted the Agreement on Enhancing International Science Cooperation, aiming to “increase effectiveness and efficiency in the development of scientific knowledge about the Arctic.” The agreement goes about this by addressing how scientific activities can be facilitated. Key provisions of the agreement concern the entry and exit of scientific personnel, equipment and materials to and from territories, access to research infrastructure and facilities, access to research areas, and access to data. Having adopted the agreement, the key question now is its implementation. How are the Arctic governments going to move the agreement from paper to practice? This roundtable will discuss core aspects of the agreement, how they will be implemented in practice, and what the likely gains are for science. An important aspect is also the role of Arctic Council observer countries, some of which are major actors in Arctic research, in this context. With the enormous scale of the research challenges in the high north, there is a strong case also for strengthening international cooperation on science as such, including its governance. There are now a large number of programs, initiatives and projects, but little overall coordination and oversight. SAON is an attempt at this for observation networks and data management, and one question is how this cooperation can be strengthened. Moderator: Anniken Krutnes, Senior Arctic Official, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Program Evan Bloom, Director, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State Edel Elvevoll, Professor, the University of Tromsø Keiji Ide, Ambassador of Japan for Arctic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Volker Rachold, Head, German Arctic Office, the Alfred Wegener institute Oran Young, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara Organiser: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com Radisson Blu Hotel - Charly Nord Arctic Frontiers

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