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Third Barents Indigenous Peoples’ Congress 2015
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:23

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


Nordic cleantech office opens in the United Arab Emirates
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:38

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Source:Getty Images)President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Source:Getty Images)We report today the news released by NORDEN on the launch of a new Nordic cleantech incubator at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The office, opened under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers, will provide a soft landing zone for Nordic cleantech companies that seek new business opportunities in the Emirates and the wider Gulf area.

The New Nordic incubator office will provide an attractive platform for Nordic cleantech businesses already based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as a good starting place for new companies, combining the strong brand values of Masdar City and the Nordic region.

Several Nordic companies have already expressed an interest in renting an office space in the incubator, and the ambition is to fill it quickly.

Together on a global market
Pointing out cleantech as one of the biggest strengths of the Nordic region, the President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, hopes that as many companies as possible will see the benefits from utilising the incubator.

– I hope that the different companies in our respective countries will realise that this is not just an office in the normal sense. This is an opening of new possibilities, of a global transformation, which in my opinion has an enormous potential, said the President in his opening speech.

Abu Dhabi and the UAE have quickly emerged as a new global hotspot for renewable energy and clean technology. Masdar City, Abu Dhabi's low-carbon, sustainable urban development, is also the permanent home to the International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA).

Nordic branding
The incubator office is a result of an initiative by the Nordic Council of Ministers for Business and is managed by Nordic Innovation, an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers that works to promote trade and innovation across the Nordic borders.

The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten, welcomes this new Nordic venture.

– We are happy to see more Nordic cooperation in the UAE and look forward to the important work now starting out in this economic hotspot. Nordic cooperation has a strong focus on green growth, so the new platform for clean tech solutions is an exciting addition to this effort. Furthermore, a new Nordic branding strategy is underway and this is an area where the Nordic countries really have a lot to offer the world, Mr. Høybråten said in a statement.

Just common sense
To establish a joint Nordic platform that the new incubator office represents is the only sensible thing to do, according to the Icelandic President.

– To some extent, the Nordic countries are a kind of a Silicon Valley of renewable energy, because what we have done each of us this area is a formidable combination when you put all of it together. By opening the office here, we are utilising the strength of the combined Nordic achievements in this area, the President summed up at the opening event.


Source: NORDEN. Read more here

The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 09 February 2015 10:15

Coast of Iceland (source: Getty Images) Coast of Iceland (source: Getty Images) Brill will soon releases "The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles Delineation, Delimitation and Dispute Settlement", a new book by Bjarni Már Magnússon. 

In The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles, Bjarni Már Magnússon explores various aspects of the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles and maritime boundary delimitations. Special emphasis is laid on the interplay between these processes and the role of coastal States, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and international courts and tribunals in this regard.

Magnússon convincingly argues that despite the possibility for tension to arise the relationship between the relevant institutions and processes is clear and precise and they together form a coherent system where each separate institution plays its own part in a larger process.

Bjarni Már Magnússon, Ph.D. (2013), Reykjavik University, is Assistant Professor in International Law at Reykjavik University. He has published on public international law and was a junior counsel for Bangladesh in the maritime boundary delimitation case against Myanmar.

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New challenges facing the Arctic Ocean and other fragile seas
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 06 February 2015 10:09

Arctic Centre logoInternational Conference on "New challenges facing the Arctic Ocean and other fragile seas" is arranged on the 20th of February 2015 at the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi, Finland. The conference is organized by Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in cooperation with EU Cost Action - MarSafeNet.

The Conference is open for all who are interested, and it is free of charge.


Final Programme of the Conference, click here.


The conference will address following themes:

Theme 1: Encountering new challenges to Arctic Ocean and other Fragile Seas
Panel 1: Pollution threats and Marine Environmental Protection
Panel 2: Economic usage and security

Theme 2: Governance approach: Arctic Ocean and other Fragile Seas compared
Panel 1: Global and regional approach
Panel 2: Institutions and governance


Credits for Students:
Students are very welcomed to participate the conference and there will be an opportunity to receive credits from the event. The conference will serve as part of the ASPB1106 Arctic Studies Programme, alternative studies.

Arctic Studies Programme can offer that as ASPB1106 Alternative Courses 1 ECTS. To complete the course follow the seminar sessions and write a learning journal of 3-5 pages. The learning journal will be returned to International Studies Coordinator's e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Course will be graded as pass/fail. No registration required in weboodi, but please see below registration instructions for the conference.

Registration via email
All the attendees are expected to formally register for the event via email. Please send the following information to assi.harkoma(at) and copy to raija.kivilahti(at) before 5th of February 2015.
• Name
• Faculty
• (Student number)
• Email


Additional information:
Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM)

Dr. Kamrul Hossain
Tel. +358 40 484 4281, kamrul.hossain(at)

Assi Harkoma
Tel. +358 40 484 41 59, assi.harkoma(at)

High North Dialogue 2015
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:18

High North Dialogue 2015 (source: High North Dialogue 2015 (source: March each year politicians and outstanding representatives of research and business get the opportunity to meet the future leaders of the High North – and vice versa. It happens during the conference High North Dialogue in Bodø. This year the conference will be held on 17-19 March 2015. 

From 2015 the Arctic Dialogue Conference is changing name to HIGH NORTH DIALOGUE.

The Arctic Dialogue has been organized and initiated by the High North Centre for Business and Governance at Bodø Graduate School of Business, University of Nordland, and up to 2012, supported by HBW Resources (USA), to foster dialogue and increase information sharing between stakeholders in the Arctic.

The Dialogue series offers a unique and intimate scene and was at the beginning in 2006 a departure from a traditional conference setting. All stakeholders are equal participants and help in constructing the directional content of the Dialogues. The circum-Arctic-Dialogue offers valuable lessons for all communities that are currently examining the prospects of expanding offshore oil and gas production in an environmentally sustainable manner. The roundtable seminar series endeavours to foster discussion, develop dialogue on sustainable development and sound environmental practices as well as share regional experiences from such diverse locations as the counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark in Norway, North Aleutians and North Slope, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico in the United States, the Beaufort and Labrador Seas in Canada and Yamal Peninsula and Sakhalin, Russia to fully examine the benefits and challenges associated with offshore commercial fishing, oil & gas activities and other industries located in the Arctic.

The whole concept started in 2006 when Jan Terje Henriksen and Jan-Oddvar Sørnes were flying back from a opening of a new NGO (involving David Holt and Andrew Browning) in Houston, US and discussed the possibility of making something similar here in Bodø, building a forum for energy and petroleum related networking.

They were also involved with the new Master Programme «Energy Management» (recruiting started autumn 2005) and saw an opportunity to combine these ideas with the new Programme.

After their trip to USA Jan Terje and Jan-Oddvar had been working hard to connect with institutions in America and through Andrew Browning of HBW Resources in Houston, they got in touch with School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (Manhattan, NY) (Shirley Neff og David Nissen), and Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Washington DC. Based on this network a course on Geopolitics, conducted by Andrew Browning was designed. At the same time, Jan-Oddvar and Jan Terje had been to Houston to meet David Holt, a colleague of Andrew, who became a strong contributor and supporter financially and professionally. A programme for student internship was also agreed, and two students from Energy Management have every year been a semester in Houston/Austin for their final thesis.

The American link was strong for a long time. When the cooperation with Russia through MGIMO and later Rosneft was introduced the focus had to be somewhat balanced. The American network is still working well through research and other R&D related activities, while the direct connection to the Master programmes has been reduced.

Petter Nore and Johan Petter Barlindhaug were involved from the beginning and Petter Nore is still an Adjunct Professor with the Business School.

In 2010 the students from the new Master Programme "Sustainable Management" were included in the conference.

From 2013 a Master course was developed and all Master students at the Energy Management and Sustainable Management have to fulfill the course as part of their degree. From 2014 the course was opened to other external students as well, and an Arctic Bridge PhD course was included. From 2015 the plan is to offer a specific High North Dialogue PhD course as well.


Source: High North Dialogue 2015

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Register here.

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