Session II: Technology and connectivity - innovating for a sustainable Arctic Future

Session format: 5-minute introductions followed by discussion

Human activities, accidents at sea, pollution, and environmental degradation demand constant awareness and knowledge-based cooperation in the Arctic. Simultaneously, communication and connectivity, such as via satellites and broadband Internet access, and other innovations, such as telemedicine, offer great opportunities. Smart solutions are needed for the sustainable development of remote Arctic settlements. Innovative infrastructure projects could open up Arctic economies, with new actors taking on important roles in driving development. New sailing routes in this fragile environment require green shipping practices and a conscious balance between economic benefit, safety, and sustainability.

With such perspectives: how can we encourage an innovative, yet responsible way forward for the economic development of Arctic communities? In which sectors are new technological solutions most urgently required? How can new technologies produce greener Arctic societies? How can Arctic communities tap into global innovations to produce local solutions?

Confirmed speakers

  • Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Minister of Transport and Communications of Norway
  • Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland
  • Karen Ellemann, Minister for Fisheries and Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation of Denmark
  • Rune Rafaelsen, Mayor of Sør-Varanger, Norway
  • Berit Svendsen, CEO Telenor Norway
  • Kristin Skogen Lund, Director general of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), Norway
  • Esben Poulsson, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping

Policy Policy

Monday 22nd January 2018

11:00 - 12:30

Clarion Hotel The Edge

Add to Calendar 2018-01-22 11:00 2018-01-22 12:30 Europe/Oslo Session II: Technology and connectivity - innovating for a sustainable Arctic Future Session format: 5-minute introductions followed by discussion Human activities, accidents at sea, pollution, and environmental degradation demand constant awareness and knowledge-based cooperation in the Arctic. Simultaneously, communication and connectivity, such as via satellites and broadband Internet access, and other innovations, such as telemedicine, offer great opportunities. Smart solutions are needed for the sustainable development of remote Arctic settlements. Innovative infrastructure projects could open up Arctic economies, with new actors taking on important roles in driving development. New sailing routes in this fragile environment require green shipping practices and a conscious balance between economic benefit, safety, and sustainability. With such perspectives: how can we encourage an innovative, yet responsible way forward for the economic development of Arctic communities? In which sectors are new technological solutions most urgently required? How can new technologies produce greener Arctic societies? How can Arctic communities tap into global innovations to produce local solutions? Confirmed speakers Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Minister of Transport and Communications of Norway Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland Karen Ellemann, Minister for Fisheries and Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation of Denmark Rune Rafaelsen, Mayor of Sør-Varanger, Norway Berit Svendsen, CEO Telenor Norway Kristin Skogen Lund, Director general of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), Norway Esben Poulsson, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping Clarion Hotel The Edge

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