Private actors and ocean governance: the Arctic and beyond Organized by Arctic Frontiers, FNI and NUPI

Prof. Elena Wilson Rowe, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), photo by Yunjin Kim

Professor Rowe from Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) took the chair of the session and started to share the POLGOV projected prior to other speakers. The project is mainly focused on recognizing the potential role of non-state actors and their influence in the Arctic governance to fill the gaps between states and private sectors.

Dr. Svein Rottem, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, photo by Yunjin Kim

An interesting talk during the session was about the participation from the private sectors in the Arctic Council. Dr. Rottem from Nansen Institute especially pointed out that using the scientific knowledge from private sectors would be very useful and it has to be heard in the decision making of the Arctic Council and the discussion as well. In the following presentation, Dr. Prip also highlighted that international organization like IUCN and WWF have been joining the Arctic Council as an observer to support scientific knowledge. However, their contribution stays in knowledge sharing rather than policy-making.

The Arctic Ocean plays a significant role in the world environment in the matter of that healthy, resilient and sustainable development in the circumpolar region. When it comes to the matter of the marine biodiversity in the Arctic Ocean, it has been increased the recognition as a global agenda that applies to the issues of climate change and the UN sustainable development goals. This is why the Arctic needs active participation from more to broaden sectors including non-state actors, and their role should not be neglected in the Arctic governance context.

By Yunjin Kim, Masters, Busan National National University, South Korea





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