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The 3rd China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium 2015, Approaching deadline of Call For Abstracts
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 08:28

CNARCCNARC, ShanghaiOn the 26-28 May 2015, the 3rd China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium co-organized by Shanghai Institutes of International Studies(SIIS) and China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) will take place in Shanghai and the conference theme is "Arctic Synergies: Polices and Best Practices". This is a kind reminder that the deadline for abstract submission is on February 27, 2015. It is cordially invited and welcome for proposals for oral presentations that will focus on Arctic-related issues, within one of the session topics:

• Session I The Evolution of Arctic Governance: Geopolitical, Legal, and Socio-Economic Issues

• Session II The Impact of Scientific Developments on Arctic Strategies

• Session III The Framing and Implementation of Chinese and Nordic Arctic Policies

• Session IV Trans-Arctic Synergies in Arctic Economic Development

Please find attached the call for abstracts and here below is a more detailed description of each session:

Session 1, The Evolution of Arctic Governance: Geopolitical, Legal, and Socio-Economic Issues
The Arctic has, in recent years, assumed global importance because of the impact of climate change, the region's natural resources, and the economic potential offered by the opening of Arctic sea routes. What are the main political, legal and socio-economic issues in the evolution of Arctic governance? Is the current governance framework based on the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) sufficient to meet the challenges and opportunities in the region? To which extend would the tension between Russia and U.S.-EU in the aftermath of Ukrainian crisis affect Arctic governance and Arctic cooperation? How does the Arctic fit into broader geopolitical developments taking place in the world? What is the role of the Arctic Council? What is the significance of the decision to accept five Asian countries (China, India, Singapore, South Korea and Japan) as observers to the Arctic Council? How does increased interest in the Arctic contribute to sustainable development and human security at local, national and regional levels in the Arctic region? How do these changes affect the participation of indigenous communities in Arctic governance and the longstanding culture for open dialogue and informal deliberation within the Arctic Council?

Session 2, The Impact of Scientific Developments on Arctic Strategies

Scientific research and cooperation has been at the very center of Arctic policy-making since the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy was launched in 1991, which subsequently led to the establishment of the Arctic Council in 1996. Has science remained as a key element in Arctic policies with the promotion and popularization of Arctic affairs? How do outside stakeholders, such as China, see the role of science and research in Arctic policy-making? What are the implications of Arctic Science Summit Week 2015 and Third International Conference on the Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) on Arctic Science and governance?

Session 3, The Framing and Implementation of Chinese and Nordic Arctic Policies

All the Nordic States have, in the last few years, published official Arctic strategies. While China has not yet taken this step, it is possible that a policy statement or a White Paper will be forthcoming. What are the main concerns of the Nordic countries, when it comes to the Arctic? What do the Nordic Arctic policies have in common and how do they differ from each other? What is the role for Arctic policy papers from regional or sub regional organizations, such as the Nordic Council, the West Nordic Council and the Barents Council? How do European supranational and intergovernmental organizations, such has the European Union and European Free Trade Association, fit into Arctic policy-making? What Arctic-related policy cooperation is in place between China and the Nordic Countries? How can the China-Nordic Arctic cooperation framework be developed further through bilateral and multilateral means?

Session 4, Trans-Arctic Synergies in Arctic Economic Development

Following the Arctic Council's 2013 Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna over half of the G20 countries are now represented at the Arctic table. The Arctic region is playing a more important role on the world stage as part of globalization, economic development, energy utilization, environmental protection and international security. The World Economic Forum, in its 2014 report Demystifying the Arctic, estimated the Arctic region's current annual economy at roughly $230 billion; this figure, however, could rise in the coming years, with the Arctic believed to hold about 20% of Earth's remaining recoverable natural resources (including substantial reserves of oil and gas, minerals, renewable energy sources, fresh water and seafood). Questions remain where investors and labor force for Arctic projects will come from; in addition, international cooperation and best practices are likely to remain as critical success factors for many of the Arctic's potential economic opportunities. What role will outside stakeholders, including Asian and European economies, play in the economic development of the Arctic? In which industries are the interests of local Arctic residents and outside stakeholders most aligned? Will it be in developing infrastructure, creating new extensions of international transportation networks (in shipping and aviation), developing trade relations and/or investing in natural resource development?

Please submit abstracts electronically (with a short CV attached) to: Dr. Yang Jian, Vice-President, SIIS: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / CNARC Secretariat: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We look forward to seeing you in Shanghai this May!

With best regards on behalf of the CNARC secretariat

DENG Beixi

Assistant Professor, Division of Polar Strategic Studies, Polar Research Institute of China

Executive Secretary, China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC)
Tel: 86-21-58715744
M.P: 86-18501702377
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Applications for Polar Law 2015-2016 are now open
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 16 February 2015 08:49

UNAKThe University of Akureyri offers the following studies in Polar Law: a 120 ECTS programme leading to an MA degree; a 90 ECTS programme leading to a LLM degree; a 60 ECTS study at master level leading to a Graduate diploma; and individual courses in Polar law leading to a certificate. All courses in Polar Law are taught in English.

The programme provides a unique focus on Polar law. It comes about in a timely fashion, when climate changes are having a dramatic effect on the Arctic and Antarctic, when the opening of new shipping routes is becoming probable, when current and potential boundary disputes on land and sea remain unresolved, when issues and questions of national and local governance are moving forward on national and international agendas, and, last but not least, when multiple threats to the environment are sending serious danger-signals and calling for urgent measures. One of the interesting areas of study to which this program can contribute concerns possible lessons that the legal regime for Antarctica could provide for solutions in the Arctic.

Polar Law describes the legal regimes applicable to the Arctic and the Antarctic. It is interdisciplinary, placing emphasis on relevant areas of public international law and social sciences. Subject areas include: environmental law; the law of the sea; sovereignty issues and boundary disputes on land and sea; natural resources governance; the rights of indigenous peoples in the North; self-government and good governance; economic development; Arctic security and Arctic strategies; and land and resource claims in Polar regions.



The Polar Law Programmes are incorporated within the International West Nordic Studies Masters Programme. This is a cooperative Programme with the University of the Faroe Islands, the University of Greenland, the University of Nordland and the University of Iceland.

In addition to these partner institutes, The Polar Law Programme at the University of Akureyri involves experts from the University of Lapland, the University of Tilburg, the University of Tromso, the University of Tasmania, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Arctic Council and the Stefansson Arctic Institute.

Next application deadlines for degree-seeking students is in 2015:

1st of April 2015 (NON-EU/EEA RESIDENTS)
5th June 2015 (EU/EEA RESIDENTS)
Please note that the first course for the Fall term 2015 will begin on 12th August 2015.

Applications for the academic year 2015-2016 are now open

Please keep in mind that you need to upload the following:

CV (Curriculum Vitae)
Statement of your objectives and expectations regarding the studies
Transcripts of record
Copy of passport
Two letters of reference


More information here




ICARP III: Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 13 February 2015 09:12

ICARP III logo ICARP III logo The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is hosting an information webinar entitled "ICARP III: Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future." This event is scheduled for Wednesday, 18 February 2015 and is open to anyone interested in learning more about
the 3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III). ICARP III aims at engaging all partners in shaping the future of Arctic research needs. Throughout the open process, the Arctic community has contributed to the overall objectives. The goal of the webinar is to synthesize the ICARP III efforts and develop a sense of understanding on the project. Presenters include Dr. Volker Rachold (Executive Secretary of IASC), who will address the planning process and activities leading up to the ISAR-4 and ICARP III Symposium at the Arctic Science Summit week 2015; and Dr. Larry Hinzman (Director of IARC) who will discuss implications and value of ICARP III to the broader science community, stakeholders, and the public. ARCUS is an ICARP III Steering Committee member, offering support for outreach to the public, education, and science communities. Instructions for joining the webinar will be sent after completing the registration form.


To register, click here.


For further information about ICARP, click here.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Bartholow, ICARP III Steering Committee Member
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Advances in Polar Science newly published a special issue on the rapid change of Arctic sea ice and its possible effects
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 08:35

Cover of APSCover of APSIn December 2014, Advances in Polar Science published a special issue focusing on "The Rapid Change of Arctic Sea Ice and its Possible Effects on High- and Mid-Latitude Weather and Climate(RCASI)". This special issue is based on submissions from scientists of China, Finland, Germany and Japan, altogether 12 manuscripts, 9 articles of which were released as expected, with the great guidance of three guest editors(Prof. Matti Leppäranta, Prof. Timo Vihma, Prof. Huiding Wu) and Prof. Bin Cheng. All articles can be downloaded in APS website (click here).

As we know, rapid changes of Arctic sea ice cover have been in the focus of the international climate research community in recent years. Quite a few of nations have completed a large number of related surveys and research projects in the Arctic Ocean. Improved knowledge on the atmosphere – sea ice – ocean interactions in the Arctic is a prerequisite for better understanding of the linkages between the Arctic and mid-latitude climate. These linkages have received increasing attention in the recent years with rapidly warming Arctic but several cold winters in mid-latitudes. We expect that the present special issue will provide a foundation for further research on these themes.

3rd Barents Indigenous Peoples' Congress 2015
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:23

BIPC banner (source: BIPC banner (source: On February 4th 2015, indigenous politicians and parliamentarians from Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland gathered in Tromsø for the "3rd Barents Indigenous Peoples' Congress 2015" to discuss and share views and experiences regarding the role and influence of indigenous peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. The conference, titled "Barents Indigenous 2050 - impacts of our footprints" and organized by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat in close cooperation with the Centre for Sámi studies at the Arctic University of Norway, focused on the future for indigenous languages and the co-existence between extractive industries and indigenous peoples in the Barents Region. The meeting was held in coordination with the annual Sámi week.
State Secretary Morten Høglund with the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in his speech at the congress that "this Third Barents Indigenous Peoples Congress is a tangible manifestation of this successful cooperation, which the Norwegian government wholeheartedly supports. We are therefore very pleased that the four countries of the Barents Region have now agreed to provide regular financing for the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples". The Norwegian State Secretary, however, used the occation also to epressed his concerns about marginalization of human rights activists and indigenous peoples' representatives by Russian authorities. Mr. Høglund in fact recalled the incident occured last year with Valentina Sovkina, when she was harrazed on her way from Kola Peninsula to the UN World Conferance on Indigenous peoples in New York (read the full story at BarentsObserver) by Russian law enforcement officers.
Russia (that will chair the Barents Euro-Arctic Council from next fall (2015) to 2017) represented by Aleksandr Zelenov said in response to the Norwegian State Secretary that they "are interested in dialogue, not confrontation", and indigenous peoples isssue is a natural priority for Russia. In fact, when taking over the chair of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Russia will organize a regional indigenous peoples summit (but no location was announced during the conference).


(Main source: Barents Observer. Read more here).

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