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.
"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 Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar was organised by the Finnish Prime Minister's Office on September 5th, 2016. The seminar's main purpose was to deepen cooperation between and among actors in the arctic region. Former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce talked in the second part of the seminar. Please see the webcast on Finnish Government website.
An article published in the December 2016 edition of the Journal of Environmental Science and Studies focuses on the key role science diplomacy can play in a changing Arctic, in light of the current geopolitical situation. The article mentions that climate change, the post Cold-War politics between the West and Russia, and the globalisation/power transition that is taking place as a result of the rise of China are key drivers in a current transformation the Arctic is undergoing. Science diplomacy - using scientific research to foster ties between different countries and other Arctic stakeholders - should play a key role in this transformative period the Arctic is facing, the paper argues.
Read the recap of the article on Arctic Portal website. Arctic Portal Director Halldór Jóhannsson is a contributing author to the journal article.
The Arctic Yearbook is the outcome of the Northern Research Forum and the University of the Arctic Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security. The TN also organizes the annual Calotte Academy.
The Arctic Yearbook seeks to be the preeminent repository of critical analysis on the Arctic region, with a mandate to inform observers about the state of Arctic politics, governance and security. It is an international and interdisciplinary double-blind peer-reviewed publication, published online to ensure wide distribution and accessibility to a variety of stakeholders and observers.
Read the 2016 edition of Arctic Yearbook via this link.
Arctic Yearbook 2017
Call for Abstracts (deadline): 1 March 2017 (250-400 words)
Draft papers (deadline): 15 June 2017 (4000-6000 words)
The Arctic Yearbook (www.arcticyearbook.com) is calling for abstracts for the 2017 edition.
The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume, which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined. It is an open access, online publication. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum’s (NRF) and University of the Arctic’s joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.
This year’s theme is “Change and Innovation in the Arctic: Policy, Society and Environment”. This theme is understood broadly and aims to define and describe innovation as a response to, and as a means for, change in an Arctic context. What changes are precipitating different and new ways of doing things? What innovations are needed to improve the well-being of northern societies and environments? How do we transform knowledge into action?
Topics may include, but are not limited to: knowledge dissemination and transfer in/for the Circumpolar North including tacit knowledges and oral traditions; the interface between research, policy and markets/business in the Arctic; technological and other innovations for the entire North, e.g. in housing, transportation, infrastructure, energy, health and/or education; entrepreneurship, commercialization, and SMEs (Small & Medium Sized Enterprises) in the Arctic; STEM education for the North; the role of governments in promoting innovation; connectivity, broadly defined; local innovations and scalability; creative capital in rural, remote and northern communities; as well as innovations and changes in governance and institutions; and resilience as a response to change.
Other topics of contemporary significance to regional development, northern peoples, circumpolar relations, Arctic geopolitics and security will also be welcome.
Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to heather.exner(a)usask.ca. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2017. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2017. Articles must be submitted by June 15, 2017. Publication is planned for October 2017.
We also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (4-7 page analyses) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.
Read more information on Call for Abstracts here.
The Baltic Development Forum has published its Political State of the Region 2016 report "Facing a New Reality in the Baltic Sea Region". The authors are young researchers around the region.
Download the report on BDF website.
A new tool for searching funding for projects in the Baltic Sea Region has been developed by INTERACT and Swedish Institute. Baltic Funding Portal is an inventory of more than 300 funding instruments making cooperation possible in the Baltic Sea Region.
Read more about the portal on EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Reagion website.
The Pan-European Institute publishes a discussion forum, Baltic Rim Economies (BRE), which deals with the development of the Baltic Sea Region. In the BRE review, high-level public and corporate decision makers, representatives of Academia as well as several other experts contribute to the discussion.
Read the latest Special Issue on the Future of the Arctic: BRE 3/2016
The Barents Cooperation Forum was organized in Helsinki on December 8th by University of Applied Sciences of Kajaani, Regional Council of Kainuu and the Barents Euro-Arctic Region secretariat.
Representatives of several programmes and ministries brought a multitude of funding news to the audience. After the presentations it was possible to participate in workshops and bilateral meetings with 150 participants interested in the Barents region as a cooperation platform.
Following presentations can now be downloaded on forum website:
- Opening words Pentti Malinen, Regional Mayor, Regional Council of Kainuu
- Summary and highlights from Barents region cooperation survey Mikko Keränen, R&D Director, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
- Collaboration between Arctic ETC (European Territorial Cooperation) programmes Ole Damsgaard, Head of Secretariat, Northern Periphery Programme Secretariat
- Enhancing Financing Cooperation in the Barents and Arctic Regions Birgit Autere, Team Leader Regional Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
- How can Barents cooperation projects be financed? The role of the International Barents Secretariat as a facilitator of financing Laura Quist, Executive Officer, The International Barents Secretariat
- Opportunities and challenges for the Barents Cooperation. Viewpoints and experiences of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship 2015-2017 Sergey Petrovitch, Deputy Director of the Second European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
- EU external cross-border cooperation. Lessons learned and opportunities for the Barents region. Norwegian viewpoints and experiences. Elizaveta Vassilieva, Adviser, The Norwegian Barents Secretariat
- Case example: The New Horizons. What is a successful International project made of? Tomas Lind, Project manager
- NEFCO financing for environmental projects with a focus on the Barents Region (Presented at Project clinic Q&A) Henrik G Forsström, Senior Adviser, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)
- Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation. Northwest Russia - Nordic countries (Presented at Project clinic Q&A) Nordic Council of Ministers