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'A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches' in Oulu, Finland

The European Commission, together with European External Action Service and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, will co-host the high-level event "A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches", to take place in Oulu (Finland) on 15-16 June 2017 (starting on 15 June afternoon and finishing on 16 June afternoon). Following the publication of the Joint Communication on an integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Commissioner Karmenu Vella and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini will have an open debate with governments, industry, research, indigenous and local community representatives on the climate and environmental challenges facing the Arctic and on how international and local cooperation can boost sustainable and innovative development.

The event will also include a high-level session of the Arctic Stakeholder Forum and the annual Indigenous Peoples Arctic Dialogue. A more detailed programme will be published in the coming weeks.

Please, follow this link and register to the event: https://scic.ec.europa.eu/fmi/ezreg/MARE-ARCTIC2017

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"Arctic Variety" published by Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will publish the book "Arctic Variety" on October 27th, 2016. The book was commissioned by the Europe Information of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017 – 2019. The book gives a voice to everyday actors and daily life of the Arctic in various professions and parts of Finland. Finland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence next year as a happy, proud and understanding Arctic country. The book also tells about the Arctic Council, Finland's role in it, and linkages to the European Union and to other international politics. The themes include climate change, new shipping routes and interest in the north in the world's leading countries.

"Arctic Variety" is published in four languages – Finnish, Swedish, North Saami and English – and it can be ordered free of charge via the website of the Europe Information at eurooppatiedotus.fi. The five videos telling about everyday life in the Arctic can be viewed at youtube.com/eurooppatiedotus.

Read more about the book on Finnish Foreign Ministry website.

4th Call for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

The Fourth Call for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 will be open from 1st May to 30th September 2016

The call is open for all 4 Priority Axes:

  1. Using Innovation to Maintain And Develop Robust And Competitive Communities
  2. Promoting Entrepreneurship to Realise the Potential of the Programme Area’s Competitive Advantage
  3. Fostering Energy-Secure Communities through Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  4. Protecting, Promoting and Developing Cultural and Natural Heritage

For further information, please visit the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme website.

A link between Europe and the Arctic - Railway development in Finland

Helsinki remains committed to build a connection through the Gulf of Finland and all the way to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Construction could start in few years, a member of the country’s Parliament says.

In a comment to the Barents Observer, Oddgeir Danielsen, leader of the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics, says the projects address a “missing link between Europe and the Arctic”.  «The Helsinki-Tallin tunnel and the Arctic Railroad will unlock the huge Arctic potential and give impetus to a sustainable economic development both in the region and as well for a number of countries both in Europe, Russia and Asia».

Read the full article on Barents Observer webpage.

Aleksanteri Insight: The Arctic Paradox and Russia's Energy Policy

Through its use of the Arctic, Russia tries to fortify the idea that it is a global energy superpower, writes Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen in the March issue of Aleksanteri Insight, a series of expert opinions published by the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.

Read the article in full here.

An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic

The European Commission has published the Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council: An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic.

In the publication, the European Commission underscores the importance of a safe, stable, sustainable and prosperous Arctic not just for the region itself, but for the European Union (EU) and for the world, and proposes actions to further develop an integrated policy towards the Arctic.

Analysis: The Arctic conflict – truth, fantasy or a little bit of both?

"Why do the media tell us more about the incoming potential for Arctic war than about the increasing cooperation in the region?"

Research Professor and Director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland Timo Koivurova published an article about the Arctic cooperation and conflict.

Read the full article on High North News

Arctic Altmetrics: Alternative Perspectives on the Impact of Arctic Research. A Working Paper

There exist a significant number of information sources, apart from the scientific literature, with which to assess the social impact of the findings produced by Arctic researchers and institutions. Various policy documents, online news and media publications, white papers, tweets, and Facebook posts provide additional data points to help assess the reach and potential impact of publicly funded research, including Arctic research. 

In this working paper, the writers provide some alternative perspectives of the way one could view the impact being made by Arctic-related science.

Download the paper on this link.

Arctic Business Forum in Kemi, Finland

The 8th Arctic Business Forum will be organized 17. – 18.5.2017 at Kemi Finland, the capital of Arctic Industry. The theme for this year’s forum is Industry, Innovations & Investments in the Arctic region.

While embracing the economic cooperation between the Arctic countries, the forum offers also valuable information about the possibilities and future investment potential of the Arctic region both for the local business representatives and international investors. Aim is to scrutinize the future and build network and relationships among region’s various representatives.

The Arctic Europe holds investment potential worth of at least 197 billion euro. In the forum will be presented the latest news in business development in this region. Emphasizing this year’s theme, focus will be especially on the Arctic mining, steel and forest industry both with ever developing infrastructure thanks to the export and tourism both in land, sea and air.

The speakers in the Arctic Business Forum are the key representatives and stakeholders on various branch of Arctic industry. The global and local trends at stake are addressed at the Arctic Business Forum. Moreover, the companies and organizations have a chance to present their own business at the trade show in touch with the forum.

The Arctic Business Forum is organized for the first time at the city of Kemi, which is, together with the city of Tornio, one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic region. The region’s future development in forest industry at Kemi and steel industry at Tornio offer various possibilities to SMEs in subcontracting and maintenance.

Welcome to the Arctic Business Forum 2017 to bond with other Arctic business representatives and stakeholders working for the Arctic prosperity.

For more information, please see the Arctic Business Forum's website.

Arctic Design Week Open Call

Arctic Design Week is the world’s northernmost design week. Theme for the week is Arctic Transition - how we improve living and business, and how prepare for change in the Arctic. The intention of the week is to bring together creative Arctic know-how, help companies to understand the value of design in business and to enhance living in the Arctic sustainably using design. Arctic Design Week is a platform to tell stories, introduce Arctic know-how and create and try out new concepts.

Now you can apply for the programme through the open call. The open call for programme entries is open until Nov 11.
 

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