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Upcoming Conference: Future Greenland 2015, Nuuk, 6 - 7 May
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 09:06

Katuaq, Nuuk (photo:Alankomaat)Future Greenland 2015" is the fourth in the series of Future Greenland conferences that Greenland Business Association organises every second year. In 2013, the attendance record was set by 450 participants who took part in animated debates and workshops under the conference title "From vision to realisation".

The Greenland Business Association is once again inviting everyone interested in society to participate in an inspiring debate on the goals and direction for the development of Greenland, under the heading "Growth and welfare – scenarios for the development of Greenland".

The objective of the Greenland Business Association with the conference is to more strongly anchor the debate on the development of Greenland in a common understanding that without an enterprising business community, more private companies and greater exports, we cannot create economic growth. Moreover, the necessary economic growth will not come by itself, but will require a series of political reforms to make it possible and attractive to do business. If we fail in this, we will lose the ability to pay for the many and growing demands of citizens on the welfare state, and Greenland's political freedom of action will be restricted, due to a lack of the necessary economic and human resources.

The conference will help to create the headlines for an agenda of economic growth, in a political environment that more often deals with the distribution of welfare than with the question of how the resources for this are to be created.

In addition to strengthening a common recognition that business life is a key driver of economic growth, and that political action is required to promote this, the conference invites a discussion of what can and should be done to create the right conditions for the desired development.

Background and themes:

In recent years, there has been no lack of analyses and reports that have soberly set out the economic and political challenges facing Greenland.

It is now almost four years since the Tax and Welfare Commission published its report, entitled "Our Prosperity and Welfare Requires Action Now" (2009) which identified the key areas for political reform. In its latest report, from 2014, the Economic Council states that reform efforts are still lacking, and that the economic situation is becoming critical.

At the initiative of Ilisimatusarfik /the University of Greenland and the University of Copenhagen, a group of researchers from several knowledge institutions were brought together in the "Committee for the Socially Beneficial Exploitation of Greenland's Natural Resources". The collaboration resulted in the report Til Gavn for Grønland ("To the Benefit of Greenland") (2014), which sought to illustrate some possible scenarios. The report also placed the potential of the mining industry in perspective by attempting to calculate how many large mining projects would be required in order for Greenland to become financially independent of the Danish block grant, solely using minerals as an income foundation.

The report states that the prospects are distant for minerals alone to be capable of financing Greenland's economic independence, and suggests as an alternative the so-called "harp strategy" "...in which Greenland could play on several strings and supplement the work of developing mining projects with other forms of industrial development." The strategy includes:

The development of a comprehensive national strategy for diversified business development, which will also cover collaboration between local and international companies, and in particular, exploitation of the special benefits to be derived from cooperation with Danish companies.
The drawing up of a comprehensive strategy to increase capacity and introduce new skills within the central administration, in business life and in the educational sector.

On the basis of the Future Greenland Conference in 2013, the VL Group in Greenland launched a series of workshops involving the widest possible circle of decision-makers. This dialogue resulted in a report ('Scenarios for the Development of Greenland', 2013), for which the Institute for Futures Studies acted as secretariat. This presented some possible scenarios for Greenland if two growth drivers were combined – skills enhancement and development of the mineral resources sector. The GBA has chosen to make this report a common reference for a variety of presentations on what Greenland should or should not do if we are to avoid falling into the "jaws of death" or other unfortunate scenarios.

Here, the conditions for business growth development will play a central role, particularly the question of the necessary conditions for attracting foreign capital to boost growth:

What should Greenland do internally, in the management of its own economy and business development?
Expectations for exports are focusing right now on fisheries, minerals and tourism: How can we create the right framework conditions to promote investment in these professions?
What can Greenland otherwise sell? How can entrepreneurial spirit be created?
How can Greenland create the best possible alliances with Denmark, the Nordic countries and other countries that will both purchase Greenland's resources and supply the capital or knowledge that Greenland does not itself possess?
What is Greenland's future position in Arctic and international cooperation?
What are the visions of the newly-elected government of Greenland and national parliament, and how can they be translated into concrete political reforms?

 

For more information please click here

(Source: Future Greenland

 

 
Upcoming Conference: Future Greenland 2015, Nuuk, 6 - 7 May
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 09:06

Katuaq, Nuuk (photo:Alankomaat)Future Greenland 2015" is the fourth in the series of Future Greenland conferences that Greenland Business Association organises every second year. In 2013, the attendance record was set by 450 participants who took part in animated debates and workshops under the conference title "From vision to realisation".

The Greenland Business Association is once again inviting everyone interested in society to participate in an inspiring debate on the goals and direction for the development of Greenland, under the heading "Growth and welfare – scenarios for the development of Greenland".

The objective of the Greenland Business Association with the conference is to more strongly anchor the debate on the development of Greenland in a common understanding that without an enterprising business community, more private companies and greater exports, we cannot create economic growth. Moreover, the necessary economic growth will not come by itself, but will require a series of political reforms to make it possible and attractive to do business. If we fail in this, we will lose the ability to pay for the many and growing demands of citizens on the welfare state, and Greenland's political freedom of action will be restricted, due to a lack of the necessary economic and human resources.

The conference will help to create the headlines for an agenda of economic growth, in a political environment that more often deals with the distribution of welfare than with the question of how the resources for this are to be created.

In addition to strengthening a common recognition that business life is a key driver of economic growth, and that political action is required to promote this, the conference invites a discussion of what can and should be done to create the right conditions for the desired development.

Background and themes:

In recent years, there has been no lack of analyses and reports that have soberly set out the economic and political challenges facing Greenland.

It is now almost four years since the Tax and Welfare Commission published its report, entitled "Our Prosperity and Welfare Requires Action Now" (2009) which identified the key areas for political reform. In its latest report, from 2014, the Economic Council states that reform efforts are still lacking, and that the economic situation is becoming critical.

At the initiative of Ilisimatusarfik /the University of Greenland and the University of Copenhagen, a group of researchers from several knowledge institutions were brought together in the "Committee for the Socially Beneficial Exploitation of Greenland's Natural Resources". The collaboration resulted in the report Til Gavn for Grønland ("To the Benefit of Greenland") (2014), which sought to illustrate some possible scenarios. The report also placed the potential of the mining industry in perspective by attempting to calculate how many large mining projects would be required in order for Greenland to become financially independent of the Danish block grant, solely using minerals as an income foundation.

The report states that the prospects are distant for minerals alone to be capable of financing Greenland's economic independence, and suggests as an alternative the so-called "harp strategy" "...in which Greenland could play on several strings and supplement the work of developing mining projects with other forms of industrial development." The strategy includes:

The development of a comprehensive national strategy for diversified business development, which will also cover collaboration between local and international companies, and in particular, exploitation of the special benefits to be derived from cooperation with Danish companies.
The drawing up of a comprehensive strategy to increase capacity and introduce new skills within the central administration, in business life and in the educational sector.

On the basis of the Future Greenland Conference in 2013, the VL Group in Greenland launched a series of workshops involving the widest possible circle of decision-makers. This dialogue resulted in a report ('Scenarios for the Development of Greenland', 2013), for which the Institute for Futures Studies acted as secretariat. This presented some possible scenarios for Greenland if two growth drivers were combined – skills enhancement and development of the mineral resources sector. The GBA has chosen to make this report a common reference for a variety of presentations on what Greenland should or should not do if we are to avoid falling into the "jaws of death" or other unfortunate scenarios.

Here, the conditions for business growth development will play a central role, particularly the question of the necessary conditions for attracting foreign capital to boost growth:

What should Greenland do internally, in the management of its own economy and business development?
Expectations for exports are focusing right now on fisheries, minerals and tourism: How can we create the right framework conditions to promote investment in these professions?
What can Greenland otherwise sell? How can entrepreneurial spirit be created?
How can Greenland create the best possible alliances with Denmark, the Nordic countries and other countries that will both purchase Greenland's resources and supply the capital or knowledge that Greenland does not itself possess?
What is Greenland's future position in Arctic and international cooperation?
What are the visions of the newly-elected government of Greenland and national parliament, and how can they be translated into concrete political reforms?

 

For more information please click here

(Source: Future Greenland

 

 
Russian Foreign Minister to not attend AC Ministerial Meeting
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:46

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (photo:http://mfa.gov.rs/)  Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (photo:http://mfa.gov.rs/) News reported today that Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergey Lovrov, will not attend the next Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Iqaluit (Canada) on April 24th and 25th. The meeting will mark the conclusion of Canada's chairmanship and the beginning of the US chairmanship, while ministers of the eight Arctic States and the high representatives of the six indigenous people organizations will highlight Canada chairmanship's achievements and set objectives for the coming two-years period.
A spokesperson from the Russian embassy in Ottawa wrote in a brief note that "Due to Lavrov's prior commitments, as well as extraordinary recent international developments which require his personal involvement, the Russian delegation at the Arctic Council ministerial meeting will be headed by Sergei Donsko", the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation.
While it has happened before that AC Member States have delegated representatives other than their own Foreign Affairs Ministers to attend the AC Ministerial Meetings, Russia's decision has raised many speculations, especially within Canadian media, due to the "icy" relation between the two countries since the Ukrainian crisis. As reported by cbc.ca, for example, "Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in global politics and international law at the University of British Columbia, says that's because of the council's recent focus on domestic issues and not due to recent tension between Canada and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. You can't really blame him for saying 'I don't need to be there,'" says Byers. "The Russians don't consider that anything important about foreign policy will be done in Iqaluit.""

 

 

Source: .Nunatsiaq Online, CBC

 

 
Request for Proposals: Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:27

Logo of the Sustainable Development Working Group Logo of the Sustainable Development Working Group The Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) invites you to submit a proposal for the following work:

Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group.

To secure one full-time resource to fulfill the responsibilities of the Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group.

The proposal must identify one 1 candidate under this RFP. The submission is to consist of a written proposal that facilitates a clear and straightforward evaluation based on the information requested. The candidate must include their current curriculum vitae (CV) in their Proposal. At a minimum, the candidate must have earned a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university. A copy of the university degree or an official transcript with the university seal must be provided.

 The candidate must demonstrate, through their proposal, a minimum of five 5 years experience in the past ten 10 years providing strategic, logistical, administrative, and technological support. Consistent with the Statement of Work, this experience must include:

• Providing strategic support and advice to advance organizational priorities and initiatives;
• Managing communications to advance priorities in a multilateral environment with diverse perspectives;
• Developing and ensuring the timely submission of professional, documents, including correspondence, briefings, presentations, reports, and outreach materials;
• Planning and organizing multi-stakeholder meetings under a professional setting;
• Managing and archiving of records and documents, including meeting and project documents;
• Working with emerging technologies for promotional work, including experience with managing websites;
• Demonstrated examples of interpersonal skills including working collaboratively with Indigenous Peoples or with culturally diverse groups of stakeholders;
• Demonstrated examples of providing organizational efficiency and improving workflow;
• Demonstrated examples of judgment and quality work in a multi-stakeholder setting
The candidate must include within their bid one (1) sample of their written work (maximum 1000 words).
The candidate must include within their bid one (1) completed M3 Reference Form, with affirmative responses. (Annex ''C'')
The candidate must include within their bid two (2) completed M4 Reference Forms, completed by two (2) impartial references. The form must affirm that the candidate satisfactorily managed a project of at least six (6) months in duration within the past five (5) years, with "yes" answers to each question. The Reference Forms must be for two separate projects. (Annex ''D'')

Application closes on 19 May 2015.

 

Please click here for any additional information. 

 
Michael Evan Goodsite's lecture at UNAK
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 13 April 2015 08:48

Michael E. GoodsiteMichael E. GoodsiteProfessor Michael Evan Good Site has a background as an elite officer in the US Army and NATO, and today is climate expert and head of the Department of Technology and Innovation, SDU and an adjunct professor at the The University of Iceland as well as Director of the Nordic Center of Excellence for Strategic Adaptation Research NCoE NORD-STAR and head of the Sino-Nordic Arctic Policy Programme at ISDP, Sweden. His research aims to integrate sensible business and engineering adaptive management strategies as a means of addressing global climate change issues through mitigation, adaptation and environmental cost and risk analysis at the local governmental level, thus ensuring sustainable and secure adaptation of societies. His particular focus is on aligning societal prosperity while minimizing environmental impact in cities and remote areas. His current research efforts are with NATO and the US Army and focused on Green Defense. 

In occasion of his two-days visit to Akureyri, Iceland, Dr. Goodsite will give a lecture at the University of Akureyri on: "Earth's resources are limited, and all know that we need to save energy and be better to use green technology. But it's probably not many people who know that the military can act as a catalyst for social change in the climate field. The large military bases are managed with a hierarchical structure that makes them ideal for testing new ideas, for example. in green technologies. New technologies are quickly introduced, tested and tried. The experience can be shared with the rest of society."

 

Michael Evan Goodsite's lecture will be on Tuesday, 14th April 2015, at the University of Akureyri, room N101. The lecture will be open for the public. 

 

 

 
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