Session I: State of the Arctic

Session format: 5-minute introductions followed by discussion

The Arctic has become an integral part of global affairs. As images of the dramatic effects of climate change in the region reverberate through world politics, the Arctic Council and other arctic fora provide rare examples of East-West cooperation in tumultuous times. Powerful actors are promoting their interests and involvement in Arctic politics and economic development. How are these economic developments, including the Northern Sea Route, proceeding and what are the potential longer-term diplomatic and governance consequences? With the region’s growing visibility on the world stage,how will these complex regional and global relationships,challenges and opportunities play out in the future?

As the world drifts towards increased confrontation, nationalism and protectionism, will the Arctic also change as a result? Can the Arctic contribute to global well-being while we simultaneously build a prosperous and healthy future for the people of the North? Are indigenous peoples heard and included in crucial processes?;And finally – are the Arctic Council and other regional fora working effectively to address these challenges?

Contributors

  • Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway
  • Lisa Murkowski, United States Senator for Alaska
  • Yun Sun, Stimson Centre
  • Tore Furevik, Professor, University of Bergen and Director of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
  • Katri Kulmuni, Member of Finnish Parliament  and Chair of the Finnish Delegation of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region
  • Stephanie Pezard, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament of Norway

Plenary Plenary

Monday 21st January 2019

08:45 - 10:15

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Margarinfabrikken

Add to Calendar 2019-01-21 08:45 2019-01-21 10:15 Europe/Oslo Session I: State of the Arctic �Session format: 5-minute introductions followed by discussionThe Arctic has become an integral part of global affairs. As images of the dramatic effects of climate change in the region reverberate through world politics, the Arctic Council and other arctic fora provide rare examples of East-West cooperation in tumultuous times. Powerful actors are promoting their interests and involvement in Arctic politics and economic development. How are these economic developments, including the Northern Sea Route, proceeding and what are the potential longer-term diplomatic and governance consequences? With the region’s growing visibility on the world stage,how will these complex regional and global relationships,challenges and opportunities play out in the future? As the world drifts towards increased confrontation, nationalism and protectionism, will the Arctic also change as a result? Can the Arctic contribute to global well-being while we simultaneously build a prosperous and healthy future for the people of the North? Are indigenous peoples heard and included in crucial processes?;And finally – are the Arctic Council and other regional fora working effectively to address these challenges? Contributors Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Lisa Murkowski, United States Senator for Alaska Yun Sun, Stimson Centre Tore Furevik, Professor, University of Bergen and Director of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research Katri Kulmuni, Member of Finnish Parliament  and Chair of the Finnish Delegation of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region Stephanie Pezard, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament of Norway Clarion Hotel The Edge - Margarinfabrikken

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