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
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.
A new overview of the Baltic Sea region has been released by the Baltic Development Forum. The three authors Christian Ketels, Helge J. Pedersen and Mikael Olsson analyses the Baltic Sea Region economy and assesses the state of the region, thus helping decision makers and observers inside and outside of the Region to navigate in a challenging environment.
The 2017 State of the Region report is divided into 4 main parts:
- Economic Outlook
- Baltic Sea Region Competitiveness
- The Subnational Regional Perspective
- Baltic Sea Region Cooperation
“The Top of Europe – A Competitive Baltic Sea Region Ready for the Future?” is available 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.