Written by Federica
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:58
2015 ArcticYearbookThe Arctic Yearbook is calling for abstracts for the 2015 edition. Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2015.
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 including global aspects. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) and University of the Arctic's joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.
This year's theme is "Arctic Governance and Governing". The theme is meant to evaluate the innovation and progress being made in Arctic governance today, as well as conflicts and challenges. Topics may include, but are not limited to, local impact benefit agreements; local politics and elections; northern self-governance arrangements; current and future environmental regulatory frameworks; governance and regulatory gaps; state and non-state cooperation; state and sub-national government cooperation; the new IMO polar shipping regime; regional agreements; regional and/or global governance structures; and assessments of regulatory barriers to economic development. Comprehensive or theoretical evaluations of Arctic governance, including examples of successes and failures, are also encouraged.
Other topics of contemporary significance to regional development, circumpolar relations, 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-Pirot (
The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2015. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2015, and articles (4000-6000 words) must be submitted by June 15. Expected publication is in fall 2015.
The editors also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (3-5 pages) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.
See the full call for abstracts on the Arctic Yearbook website.
Written by Federica
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:11
Reindeer (Source:Getty Images)The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) / Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) /Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII) has an opening for a internship of for two (2) months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department, for the Spring session. The expected start date is by 1 April 2014.
The internship is UNPAID and full‐time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
• Graduate Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
• Graduation Date (When will you be graduating from the programme?)
• List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
• List your top three areas of interest.
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Assist the work of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in its mandated areas: human rights, economic and social development, environment, education, culture and health. The Forum's seven socio-cultural regions provide broad representation to the world's indigenous peoples in Africa; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; the Arctic; Russian Federation, Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific.
In order to obtain experience in the areas of work of the Secretariat, the following general responsibilities are allocated:
• Become familiar with the work of the Secretariat by reading documents of the past twelve sessions of the UNPFII, Expert meeting reports as well as speaking with staff about their areas of responsibility and regional focus (see website);
• Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents;
• Document, legal and internet research to assist staff, including for the compilation of reports as needed;
• Assist staff in the organization of the annual Session of the Permanent Forum, the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the Expert Group Meetings and others (through note-taking, speaker's list and side events);
• Translation of speeches, papers, letters and other documents into the languages known/spoken by the candidate;
• Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings concerning the issues dealt by SPFII; and
• Provide administrative support to the Secretariat as required.
The intern will be assigned also to a specific project according to the needs of the Office and depending on the individual's background.
The United Nations Core Competencies include:
• Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
• Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients' point of view.
The intern is expected to:
• Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
• Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations New York Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be
• Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or higher); or
• If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.
• Be computer literate in standard software applications.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
United Nations Considerations
Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on "Manuals" on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Written by Federica
Monday, 23 February 2015 09:19
APECS Polar Week logo (source:apecs.is)The polar regions of our planet contain some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. These ecosystems support a rich array of life, both human and non-human, on both ends of the globe. Whether it's in the Arctic or Antarctic, scientists from all over the world are working together to increase our knowledge of the cryosphere and its inhabitants. It is for this spirit of international cooperation and the excitement of scientific discovery that the APECS proudly supports International Polar Week.
International Polar Week is an opportunity for APECS to promote polar science. APECS uses this opportunity to plan & develop polar science related activities alongside teachers, educators and those interested in polar education for the equinoxes of each year. The equinoxes in March and September are the only time when everywhere on earth the day length is 12 hours, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the poles on a global scale!
March 21-29 2015 is the spring International Polar Week Spring 2015! We want to celebrate on a global scale by focusing on the science being conducted in the Arctic and Antarctic. Inspired by the many great things that came out of the International Polar Year celebrations, we hope that the bi-annual Polar Week celebration will link people in polar science and polar education.
Looking for activities and ways to celebrate? Below you will find a listing of activities, events, and information for Polar Week all over the world. Have an event you'd like to add? All are free to join in this week of international celebration of the pursuit of knowledge about our planet's frozen regions! For questions on how to join or to email us information about your planned events or activities contact
. Happy Polar Week!
HOW TO PARTECIPATE
You can find others some good suggestions for education and outreach activities in the Polar Outreach Catalogue on the APECS website or have a look at the Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach.
You can contact the APECS Education and Outreach Committee with questions at
. When you choose the activities you will promote or support let us know including a summary information in the Polar Week March 2015 activities list.
In Pin yourself activity access the map and let us know what type of activity you are doing this week whether it is a classroom activity or a public talk. Watch the map and see where other people are celebrating the March Polar Week! We'd love to know what you are doing to highlight the global impacts of changes in the polar regions. Send pictures and stories to
More info at APECS
Written by Federica
Friday, 20 February 2015 08:10
(source:GettyImages)Today's article is a contribution by Victoria Herrmann (
.), a Gates Cambridge Scholar and PhD Student at the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University.
Last month, President Obama announced that he would ask Congress to increase environmental protection in Alaska. His proposal calls for a ban on drilling for 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by designating it wilderness – the strongest level of federal protection afforded to public lands.
While applauded by environmentalists, his plan was met with fierce opposition from a number of American political and economic leaders. Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski called it "a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive."
But, according to a new report, President Obama's proposal should be seen as an economic opportunity instead of "a kick to the gut of Alaska's economy."
A long-running study released Tuesday concludes that while expectations are high for oil and gas production in the Arctic, prohibitively high costs of doing business in the north will persist long into the 21st Century.
The second Arctic Human Development Report is a long-awaited follow up to the first study released in 2004. Its findings, comparing human development across the circumpolar north, will be presented to the Arctic Council ahead of their next meeting in April, where the United States will take over the Chairmanship for the next two years.
With the expectations of expanding Arctic petroleum proving overly optimistic, not least because of the net costs of climate change and the uncertainty in commodity prices, America's Chairmanship provides an opportunity to focus investment on diversifying our northern economy.
In 2013 Alaska was the only state where real GDP decreased, in large part due to a decline in mining. With the effects of the ongoing fall in oil prices already seen in a soaring unemployment rate, Alaska is poised to continue its downward spiral and widen the already existing gap between its economic wellbeing and that of the lower 49.
Rather than focus on a resource rush in a melting Arctic, America should use its Arctic Council Chairmanship to strengthen a healthy, non-extractive polar economy that both benefits local communities and capitalizes on the globalization of its regional markets.
By supporting educational opportunities and entrepreneurship in Alaska, President Obama and Secretary Kerry could not only address the issues highlighted in the Human Development Report, but also set an example for investing in communities instead of companies across the circumpolar north.
Since the last Report in 2004, secondary education attainment has increased in all Arctic regions except Alaska. Only 68 percent of student in Alaska graduate high school, compared to the American national average of 81 percent. For Native Alaskans, only 42.5 percent graduate. Many students in Alaska face difficulties of remoteness and extreme weather in physically getting to class. Alaskan native students face additional cultural challenges once at school because of western-oriented education models.
Investing in virtual courses at the secondary level and the telecommunication infrastructure for residents to access them could significantly lower drop out rates, provide an educated workforce, and inspire students towards pursuing a variety of careers that would diversify the Arctic economy. The University of Alaska offers a number of distance-learning courses that focus on traditional knowledge, native cultures, and northern economic innovation. Such a program at the high school level could increase graduation rates and encourage other countries to work towards better access to secondary schools throughout the north.
But even with a high school education, today many Arctic students pursue higher education and settle permanently in the lower 48 where they can find more appealing, non-resource based employment after college.
In the European Arctic, non-recourse sector industries produce more than half of the economic output. This compares to only 37 percent in the North American Arctic. These Nordic economies are driven by innovation and knowledge rather than extractive industry. Innovation Norway, a government initiative to support the development of local business, has helped many small-scale entrepreneurial goods and services reach world markets and improve Arctic standards of living. The program gives broad business support, financial provisions, and networking services to small enterprises.
An Arctic American program akin to Innovation Norway could give Alaskans an opportunity to build their own local entrepreneurial economy. The program could provide strategic assistance and start-up financial support to Alaskans in the production of northern goods and services, partnered with successful American companies across the nation.
In response to President Obama's wildlife protection proposal, Senator Murkowski pledged that Alaska "will fight back with every resource at our disposal." While the National Wildlife Refuge is projected to hold large petroleum reserves, the new Arctic Human Development Report makes it clear that the physical restraints of remoteness and harsh climate will continue to hamper the rate of Alaska's recourse development.
Instead of seeing President Obama as an opponent, Alaska should see him as a partner in using the US Arctic Council Chairmanship to develop a strong, diversified economy that would the state to thrive for generations to come.
Written by Federica
Thursday, 19 February 2015 08:22
Arctic Human Development Report: Regional processes and global linkages Volume II (2010-2014) The long-awaited second volume of the Arctic Human Development Repor (2004) has been released. "Arctic Human Development Report : Regional Processes and Global Linkages" can be now downloaded for free at NORDEN.
As reported by the project leader, Dr. Joan Nymand Larsen, in the webpage of the "Stefansson Arctic Institute", "the purpose of the AHDR-II project – Arctic Human Development Report II: Regional Processes and Global Linkages – is to move the study of human development in the Arctic beyond the AHDR (2004) baseline, to providethe second assessment and synthesis report on the state of human development in the Arctic, and to contribute to our increased knowledge and understanding of the consequences and interplay of physical and social global change processes for human living conditions and adaptability in the Arctic, and to strengthen the competence and international leadership role in human dimension scientific assessments and research."
Here the main feautures of the volume from the Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat webpage:
Arctic Human Development Report : Regional Processes and Global Linkages
Larsen, Joan Nymand (Editor)
Fondahl, Gail (Editor)
Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat
The goals of the second volume of the AHDR – Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages – are to provide an update to the first AHDR (2004) in terms of an assessment of the state of Arctic human development; to highlight the major trends and changes unfolding related to the various issues and thematic areas of human development in the Arctic over the past decade; and, based on this assessment, to identify policy relevant conclusions and key gaps in knowledge, new and emerging Arctic success stories.
The production of AHDR-II on the tenth anniversary of the first AHDR makes it possible to move beyond the baseline assessment to make valuable comparisons and contrasts across a decade of persistent and rapid change in the North. It addresses critical issues and emerging challenges in Arctic living conditions, quality of life in the North, global change impacts and adaptation, and Indigenous livelihoods.
The assessment contributes to our understanding of the interplay and consequences of physical and social change processes affecting Arctic residents' quality of life, at both the regional and global scales. It shows that the Arctic is not a homogenous region. Impacts of globalization and environmental change differ within and between regions, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous northerners, between genders and along other axes.
Copenhagen: Nordisk Ministerråd, 2015. 500 p.
TemaNord, ISSN 0908-6692 ; 2014:567
Available from2015-02-17 Created:2015-02-17 Last updated:2015-02-17
Source: Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat and Stefansson Arctic Institute