A Shared Arctic Agenda

The Nordic Region Meets the United State of America: A Shared Arctic Agenda

On May 11, 2015, the Nordic Council of Ministers, Politiken, and the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen cosponsored an event on the Arctic held at Politikens Hus. The event came just as the U.S. took over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council under the theme: One Arctic. The debate brought together public officials, researchers, and NGO representatives to discuss the U.S.-Nordic cooperation in the Arctic, the U.S. agenda for the chairmanship and the pressing challenge of climate change in the Arctic.

The theme of the U.S. chairmanship, “One Arctic,” embodies the belief that the entire world shares a responsibility to protect, to respect, to nurture, and to promote the region.  As chair of the Arctic Council from 2015-2017, the U.S.  priorities will be: 

1) Arctic Ocean safety, security, and stewardship;

2) economic and living conditions of Arctic communities;

3) climate change mitigation and adaptation. Climate change is bringing a new set of challenges and opportunities to the Arctic. As the ice melts, human activity and international interest in the region naturally increase. This in turn means that all countries have a reason to care about the future of the Arctic. During the chairmanship, the U.S. hopes to raise awareness about Arctic matters around the globe for instance through outreach efforts like this debate.

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