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Arctic Circle Assembly 2015: Registration now Open!
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:20

arctic circleRegistration is now open for the 2015 Arctic Circle Assembly.  The assembly will be held on October 16-18, and for the third year in a row, it will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

The Arctic Circle is the largest global gathering on the Arctic. It is attended by heads of state and governments, ministers, members of parliament, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists, and others from the growing international community of partners and participants interested in the future of the Arctic.

The Arctic Circle is nonprofit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations and public associations around the world are invited to hold meetings within the Arctic Circle platform to advance their own missions and the broader goal of increasing collaborative decision-making without surrendering their institutional independence. It is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. To this end, the Arctic Circle aims to create opportunities for everyone to attend different meetings, conduct their own networking and engage in one-on-one informal discussions. Organizations will be able to decide their own agendas and convene their own meetings.

The Arctic Circle highlights issues and concerns, programs, policies and projects; it provides platforms for dynamic dialogue and constructive cooperation.

While the plenary sessions are the responsibility of the Arctic Circle, the breakout sessions are organized by various participating partners in their own name and with full authority over the agenda and the choice of speakers.

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Available position: Nansen Professorship in Arctic Studies
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:35

UNAK logo The Ministers for Foreign Affairs in Iceland and Norway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Akureyri, Iceland, which includes several aspects of cooperation in the field of Arctic scientific research, including the establishment of a Nansen Professorship in Arctic Studies at the University of Akureyri. In tribute to the famous Norwegian polar scientist and humanist - Fridtjof Nansen - the Professorship is referred to as the Nansen Professorship in Arctic Studies. The position is awarded each year for a twelve-month period to a leading scientist working with issues that bear on the legal, economic, social and natural circumstances in the Arctic.

The University seeks candidates interested in contributing a year to focus their research effort on issues in the Arctic. A successful candidate should currently hold an academic position (assistant, associate or full professor) and have a strong academic background in studies relevant to sustainable human development in the Arctic regions and/or climate change issues in the Arctic. The candidate should be experienced in working across disciplines with complex human-environmental-social issues and should have strong communicative and social/interpersonal skills. Research experience relating to the Arctic and a track of participation in international research networks will be necessary.

The application deadline is July 1, 2015. Formal period of employment starts on September 1, 2015; exact timing is subject to negotiations. Applicants can apply for a full academic year or one semester.

Primary responsibilities will be the following:
(I) To contribute to research, teaching and further development of relevant programmes at the University of Akureyri, (II) to work closely with other researchers in furthering the northern research and teaching milieu at the University of Akureyri and contribute to the development of the University of the Arctic, (III) to give public lectures on Arctic issues in local, national and international fora and to participate in the contemporary debate on changes in the Arctic.
The level of compensation will be in line with prevailing salaries for professors at Icelandic state universities. A special travel fund will be available to facilitate the candidate's participation in relevant domestic and international networks and conferences. A housing and relocation grant will also be available for candidates with permanent residence outside Akureyri.

Further and more detailed information about the position is available in the following link
and on the University's website About UNAK›Staff›Available positions

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Polar Law and Resources: the new textbook is now available (for free)
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 11 May 2015 08:57

Polar Law and Resources cover (Photo: Norden) Polar Law and Resources cover (Photo: Norden) An overview of Polar law questions and topical developments was provided in the pioneering 2010 Polar Law Textbook and in the 2013 Polar Law Textbook II,  both of which covered a number of topics relevant to the Polar resources debate. Building on this work, this new volume focuses on topical issues of law and resource development in the Polar Regions and covers topics of current and emergent resource-related issues mainly from a legal and political perspective. This book is the outcome of a process of cooperation between an international group of experts in the field of Polar Law and related studies (i.e., N. Loukacheva, J. Jabour, Jan-Gunnar Winther, Ø. Ravna, E. J. Molenaar, N. Einarsson, M. Fitzmaurice, N. Sellheim, Maria M. das Neves, N. Bankes, A. J.K. Bailes, and A.Vasiliev).

This project was made possible by an award from the Arctic Cooperation Programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers which has shown continued leadership in the promotion of legal values and multi-disciplinary 16 Polar Law and Resources studies on the Nordic and Arctic areas and on the globe more generally. Special thanks go to the Russian Embassy in Iceland for hosting the project's workshop in 2014. The project was endorsed by the Polar Law Program at the University of Akureyri, that this year will begin on August 12th  (more information here) .


The book is available in hard copy: but also for free download here

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PAME's deliverables for the 9th AC Ministerial meeting
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 08 May 2015 08:10

Cover page of "The Framework for a Pan-Arctic Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)"Cover page of "The Framework for a Pan-Arctic Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)"PAME is one of six Arctic Council working groups. PAME was first established under the 1991 Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy and was continued by the 1996 Ottawa Charter that established the Arctic Council.

PAME is the focal point of the Arctic Council's activities related to the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment. It has a specific mandate to keep under review the adequacy of global and regional legal, policy and other measures, and where necessary to make recommendations for improvements that would support the Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (2004).

PAME carries out activities as set out in bi-annual work plans approved by the Arctic Council on the recommendation of the Senior Arctic Officials. These activities led by PAME include circumpolar and regional action programmes and guidelines complementing existing legal arrangements aimed at protection of the Arctic marine environment from both land and sea-based activities. The Permanent Participants (Indigenous Organizations) of the Arctic Council participate actively in the work of PAME. PAME works in close collaboration with the other five Arctic Council Working Groups



The ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council took place in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada from April 24-25, 2015. This meeting marked the end of Canada's Arctic Council Chairmanship (2013-2015) and the start of the US Chairmanship (2015 – 2017). Ministers of the eight Arctic states and Leaders of the six Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met, as well as the Chairs of the Arctic Council working groups.

The following are the PAME deliverables to the ministerial meeting:

The Arctic Marine Tourism Project (AMTP) Best Practice Guidelines
The Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (AMSP) 2015-2025.
The Framework for a Pan-Arctic Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
PAME Work Plan 2015-2017.
The Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines: Systems Safety Management and Safety Culture Report.
Status on Implementation of the 2009 AMSA Report Recommendations
Ecosystem Approach Progress Report.





Report on Gender Equality in the Arctic now available
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:24

Gender equality Report (source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland) Gender equality Report (source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland) The report Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current Realities, Future Challenges contains summaries and highlights from the international conference held on 30-31 October 2014. The conference was held in Akureyri, Iceland  with 150 participants representing various stakeholders from all member states of the Arctic Council: Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Iceland, Finland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden,
the United States, and representatives of the Permanent Participants.The purpose of the conference was to promote an extensive policy relevant dialogue on gender equality issues in the Arctic to lay the foundation for further cooperation of the many different stakeholders researching, teaching, discussing and promoting gender equality in the region.

The report draws together the conference's main conclusions, highlighting the importance of diversity when it comes to shaping the future of the Arctic region and pointing out that economic and environmental factors affect men and women differently. Emphasis is also placed on the necessity to take Gender equality into account in all aspects of development in the Arctic and that gender equality becomes a policy priority issue with all the Arctic states.

The conference addressed both the current situation and challenges ahead; differences in political participation and representation in decision-making positions, in the public and private sectors. Economic development and impacts of climate- and environmental changes were also discussed, as well as the harnessing of natural resources, human security, human capital, migration, education and adaptation: all from a gendered perspective.

The conference Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current Realities, Future Challenges brought together over 150 participants, representing, government, academia, business, NGO's and different indigenous groups from all the Arctic states.

The conference was organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, The Centre for Gender Equality, the Stefansson Arctic Institue and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network


Download the report here


(Source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland

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