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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

Call for abstracts: Due North: Next Generation Arctic Research & Leadership
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:27

Seal (photo: Getty Images) Seal (photo: Getty Images) The 11th Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies has organized a Student Conference,  "Due North: Next Generation Arctic Research & Leadership" to be held in Calgary, November 5-8, 2015.

The Organizing Committee  is pleased to announce that the Call for Abstracts is now open.
Abstracts will be accepted until May 31, 2015.

The Session Topics for the conference are:

C1: Arctic Communities: Resilience, Management, Culture, Indigenous Knowledge.
This session welcomes presentations that deal with the various aspects of understanding, implementing and addressing concerns related to resilience, Indigenous Knowledge across the pan Arctic. The Arctic is a diverse and unique environment that requires an in-depth understanding and respect of the environment, communities and cultures at play.

C2: Arctic Sustainable Development: Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Healthcare, Tourism, Land Management, Protected areas,

This session is for presentations that explore different facets of the complex notion of sustainable development in the north. This includes economic dimensions such as infrastructure, social dimensions such as healthcare, environmental dimensions including protected areas, and management approaches such as land management, sovereignty and arctic governance, and how to involve people through collaboration and citizen engagement.itizen Engagement.

C3: Arctic Wildlife, Ecosystem and Biodiversity: Flora & Fauna, Vegetation, Habitats, Food system, Migration patterns, Wildlife health and monitoring, Forest fire, Species Endangerment, Impacts, Conservation, Management.
Arctic ecosystems provide unique habitats for a diverse community of flora and fauna. Vegetation changes throughout the circumpolar north, from southern boreal forest to northern tundra landscapes. Arctic ecosystems are subject to change due to natural disturbances, such as fire and insects, and anthropogenic, such as mining and climate change. These disturbances can have cascading effects on migration patterns and health of local wildlife. Ecosystems are complex, however through collaborative studies we will be better prepared to implement management and conservation practices.

C4: Arctic Food Security: Food sovereignty, Subsistence, Productivity, Transportation, Food safety.
Food insecurity is a growing concern among Arctic communities. Complex changes in the circumpolar regions pose new challenges to food security and to traditional food systems. The objective of this session is to explore and integrate the diverse dimensions of food security in the Arctic, with an emphasis on the key drivers of food insecurity. This session is intended to promote the dialogue among researchers, exploring the broad dimensions of food security and discussing strategies to ensure food security in northern communities.

C5: Arctic Landscapes: Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Glaciology.
Interest in Arctic landscapes has grown over the past few decades following growing concern over amplified climate change in the circumpolar North. Scientists are studying the ways in which unique Arctic attributes are being affected by continually warming temperatures. This session seeks to bring together researchers who are investigating linkages, feedbacks, processes, and overall system health of the Arctic landscapes. Presentations related to geology, geomorphology, hydrology, glaciology, climatology, biogeochemistry, limology, and microbiology are welcome. This session aims to highlight the role Arctic Landscapes play in the broader Earth system.

C6: Climate Change and adaptation: Arctic Warming, Extreme events, Climate Variability, Biogeochemical Cycles, Changing Landscapes, Building Resilience.
Recently there has been strong evidence of the ongoing impacts of climate change with implications for biological resources and globally important feedbacks to climate. The rapidly expanding body of climate change research integrates a range of scientific disciplines. This session is intended to address biogeochemical variables involved in climate variability, to identify current and future exposure sensitivities to climate change, barriers and enablers of adaptive capacity, and knowledge gaps in published literature.

C7: Disaster Risk Management: Oil Spills, Toxic contaminants, Coastal Floods, Mitigation, Capacity Building.
This theme involves the occurrence and repercussions of disasters, including oil spills, coastal flooding, contamination from toxins, and any other natural or anthropogenic hazards that affect northern environments. While these types of risks have an impact on the environment, the habitat of northern species and northern communities, different types of mitigation strategies exist to deal with these realities. This theme also explores plans of action to mitigate risks and the various ways to strengthen the relationship between the community to achieve sustainable development and mitigation strategies for disaster relief through community capacity building.

C8: Policy, Politics and Leadership: Commerce, Geopolitics, Climate Laws, International Organizations.
The Arctic is a unique and strategic region with increasing political and economic importance. Heightened interest in the development of previously untapped Arctic resources as well the possibility of new and more predictable trans-arctic shipping routes has spurred international interest in this region. Therefore, effective leadership and international policies governing Arctic territories is essential to promote stability and development in the region.

C9: Arctic Environment (Data and Techniques): Remote Sensing, Modeling, Surveying, Data sources, Ice core drilling.
Arctic Climate and Environment is constantly fluctuating with receding glaciers, melting of permafrost and disappearance of Arctic sea ice. Advancement in Arctic System Science studies has brought along new data sources and emerging technology to solve a large number of research problems currently existing in the Arctic. This session is designed for new budding researchers, who are actively involved in the science of remote sensing, climate modeling, field surveying and Arctic ice core drilling on a wide variety of polar applications.

C10: Arctic Resources: Renewable energy, Fossil fuels, Fishing, Oil and Gas, Exploitation, Consultation.
Natural resource extraction and development activities are rapidly expanding, and are now prevalent features throughout northern regions. Extractive activities are diverse, and often have profound impacts on northern peoples, environmental sustainability and stewardship, and northern economies. This session aims to encompass broad topics such as mineral and hydrocarbon extraction activities, subsistence and commercial fisheries harvest exploitation, and community consultation associated with any such activities. Accordingly, we encourage contributions that broadly focus on important natural resources issues, including those related to the sustainable development, extraction, assessment, and management of natural resources in the Arctic​.

C11: Future of Arctic: Opportunities & Vulnerabilities, Mitigation, Culture, Climate, Wildlife, Indigenous Communities, Economy, Sustainability.
Rapid Arctic environmental change is complex, unprecedented, and has impacts at local and global scales. From ongoing strategic planning and forecasting to prepare for change, to the creation of new economies and opportunities as newcomers visit the Arctic and as communities generate novel solutions to mitigate change, adaptation will involve all facets of the Arctic system. This session will focus on highlighting emerging challenges and linkages to natural, social and physical systems, showcasing case studies in adaptation and mitigation, presentation of forecasted scenarios and/or solutions, and discussions focusing on all aspects of a future Arctic in a global context, from ecosystem resilience to preserving cultural heritage, and from the design of new technologies for sustainability, to strengthening international cooperation and policy.


To submit an abstract, please click here

To Register for the conference, please here


Norden Call: Sustainable cities – the Nordic way
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:13

A view of Reykjavik (photo:Johannes Jansson/ A view of Reykjavik (photo:Johannes Jansson/ Norden has recently released the following call for "sustainable urban spaces competition": 


As part of the Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015, the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs and Nordic Innovation (a Nordic Council of Ministers body) have launched a competition, which will run in 2015–2017, aimed at devising innovative solutions for urban spaces.

The Nordic Region is full of fascinating urban spaces, and the Danish Presidency seeks to nurture this tradition.

"The Nordic Region has a good track record when it comes to thinking about urban spaces that function well within growing cities. There is strong political interest in these expanding cities being good places to live. We also have a strong economic interest in selling innovative products and solutions for them," says Carsten Hansen, the Danish Minister for Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs, who also doubles as Minister for Nordic Co-operation and is chair of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015.

Nordic Built Cities Arena
On 27 April, over 200 people, including three ministers and a range of experts, attended Nordic Built Cities Arena in Copenhagen. The conference was organised by Nordic Innovation, the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs and the Danish Business Council. As well as the competition, the conference focused on exporting Nordic ideas and solutions.

The main objective of the competition is to develop smart, attractive and sustainable solutions for urban areas in the Nordic Region. However, it also seeks to encourage the effective marketing of Nordic solutions for growing cities around the world, and to ensure that the focus of these efforts is both Nordic and international.

Sustainable urban spaces competition
The competition consists of three phases. During the first phase, from March to June 2015, cities, local authorities and companies from all over the Nordic Region will compete to be one of up to eight urban spaces to host local competitions.

During the second phase, from August to December 2015, the Nordic construction industry and related services will be invited to submit concept proposals for the selected spaces. For each space, a local jury will select a maximum of four finalists to proceed to the next phase.

During the third phase, from December 2015 to May 2016, the finalists will work closely with the owners of the spaces chosen and draw up final proposals. One winner will be chosen for each space, and the winning concepts will be realised as development projects. Finally, an independent jury of Nordic and international experts will announce the winner of the overall NOK 1.2 million prize.

Nordic Built Cities will also be part of the wider Nordic initiative, under the banner "New Nordic Climate Solutions", in the run-up to COP21 in Paris in December.

Further info about the conference Nordic Built Cities and Nordic Built Charter.

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Russian Foreign Ministry comments on the conclusion of Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 04 May 2015 09:06

Arctic Council Logo On April 27th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation released his official comments on the recently concluded Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, which was attended by Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation. 

Honorable Sergey Lavrov recalled the long-standing  commitment of the Arctic Council to maintain peace, stability and constructive cooperation in the Arctic, reaffirmed once again in the recently adopted Iqualuit Declaration. Nevertheless, the Ministry used the occasion to complain about Canada's "attempts to add unrelated matters to the Arctic Council's agenda, to politicise discussions, and to make decisions on Arctic cooperation issues dependent on these unrelated matters have not promoted cooperation".


Here the press release: 

Foreign Ministry comment on the conclusion of Canada's Arctic Council Chairmanship

The Ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council was held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada on April 24. The Russian delegation was led by Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.
At the meeting, the ministers signed the Iqaluit Declaration reaffirming the commitment to maintain peace, stability and constructive cooperation in the Arctic and plans to further strengthen international cooperation. With this goal in mind, the ministers approved a number of documents, including the Framework Plan for Cooperation on Prevention of Oil Pollution from Petroleum and Maritime Activities in the Marine Areas of the Arctic, the Framework for Action on Enhanced Black Carbon and Methane Emissions Reductions, and the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan for the Period 2015-2025.
The ministers also established new working groups, including the Task Force on Telecommunications Infrastructure in the Arctic.
The meeting marked the conclusion of Canada's Arctic Council Chairmanship and the beginning of the US Chairmanship.
Overall, the Arctic countries' cooperation has been developing constructively, but Canada's attempts to add unrelated matters to the Arctic Council's agenda, to politicise discussions, and to make decisions on Arctic cooperation issues dependent on these unrelated matters have not promoted cooperation.
This was especially true during the preparations for and the holding of the Iqaluit meeting. However, neither the other Arctic countries nor the Organisation of Arctic Indigenous Peoples supported this policy from Canada and unanimously pointed to the inadmissibility of proposing a confrontational agenda for the Arctic forum.


(Source: website of the MInistry of Foreign Affairs of the Russia Federation

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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:04

ASSA2015 LogoASSA2015 LogoArctic Science Summit Week 2015 in Toyama, Japan (23–30 April) brought together nearly 700 international scientists, students, policy makers, research managers, Indigenous Peoples and others interested in developing, prioritizing and coordinating plans for future Arctic research. The Conference was organized by the International Arctic Science Committee and the Science Council of Japan, with the support of many other international partners (
Several overarching messages emerged during the Conference:

  • Changes in the Arctic are challenging our understanding of their consequences and our ability to provide knowledge for decision-makers.
  • There needs to be a greater sense of urgency among decision-makers and awareness by the general public regarding the global importance of changes taking place in the Arctic.
  • It is critical to anticipate changes in the Arctic rather than respond to them, but to do this requires sustained observations and improved understanding of local, regional and global processes. These research challenges must be addressed in a coordinated and timely manner to ensure sustainable development and resilient Arctic communities and ecosystems.
  • The rapidly changing Arctic initiates changes that cascade through the global system impacting weather, commerce and ecosystems in the more temperate regions. Linkages across disciplines, scales, and diverse knowledge systems must be addressed in future research activities.
  • Understanding the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic environments and societies requires increased international scientific cooperation, including contributions from non-Arctic states.
  • More effective use must be made of local and traditional knowledge by engaging northern and Indigenous communities in setting priorities, the co-design and co-production of research, and the dissemination of this knowledge by ensuring appropriate access to research data and results.
  • It is essential to build long-term human capacity to support relevant observations and research among scientists, decision-makers and Arctic residents, including Indigenous Peoples, through education and effective public engagement, and by adopting shared principles to guide research activities.
  • New markets for Arctic resources and associated activities, including trade, tourism and transportation, will likely emerge faster than the necessary infrastructures on land and sea. Sustainable infrastructure development and innovation to strengthen the resilience of Arctic communities requires a collaborative approach involving scientists, communities, governments, and industry.

The Toyama Conference was a critical step in an international Arctic research planning process involving hundreds of scientists from 27 countries working to improve our understanding of the consequences of changes taking place in the Arctic region, and their connection to global environmental, economic and social processes. These rapid transformations occurring in the Arctic are affecting the entire Earth system, including its climate and weather extremes, through increased temperatures and the continuing loss of ice, glaciers, snow and permafrost. New economic interests in the Arctic have established the region as a larger player in the global economy, but also with very significant local effects. In spite of rapid environmental and social change, the Arctic remains a region of geopolitical stability which is a pre-condition for sustaining Arctic research.
The Final Report from the Conference, guided by discussions and contributions from many partner organizations, will be completed later in 2015. This Report will catalyze and inform the implementation of critical, cooperative, international Arctic research programs over the next decade.

Quotes from Opening Session of Arctic Science Summit Week 2015
"I hope that this international summit for advancement of Arctic science will be a great success." Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
"How should we face the Arctic in the midst of this great change in the Arctic environment and the social and economic conditions surrounding the Arctic? This is a vital question that not only the Arctic countries but all global citizens, including those from non-Arctic countries like Japan, must address." Motoyuki Fujii, State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
"The very change that the Arctic is currently undergoing is opening up both new opportunities and new challenges for those who live in the Arctic and others who wish to engage in the Arctic in various ways." Susan Barr, President of the International Arctic Science Committee
"For the sustainable development of the Arctic, scientific knowledge is indispensable." Takashi Onishi, President of the Science Council of Japan
"Japan is well-suited to develop a national strategy for the Arctic region based on a global perspective that calls on nations worldwide to make concerted and united efforts for protecting the Arctic area."
Tadahiko Ito, Japanese Parliamentary League of Arctic Frontier Study


As The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is the annual gathering of the international organizations, scientists, students, policy makers and other professions engaged in supporting and facilitating Arctic research. Convened annually by the International Arctic Science Committee, it provides opportunities for coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all areas of Arctic science.
ISARP The Fourth International Symposium on the Arctic Research (ISAR-4), hosted by the National Institute of Polar Research, on "Rapid change of the Arctic climate system and its global influence", aims to facilitate scientific discussions and to promote further national and international cooperation and collaboration, in particular between Arctic and non-Arctic countries.
ICARPIII The Third International Conference on the Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III), organized by the International Arctic Science Committee (, provides a framework to (i) identify Arctic science priorities for the next decade; (ii) coordinate various Arctic research agendas; (iii) inform policy makers, people who live in or near the Arctic and the global community; and (iv) build constructive relationships



For more information please contact:

ISAR-4 Secretariat: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)
Midori-cho 10-3, Tachikawa, Tokyo 190-8518, Japan
Tel. +81-42-512-0925
Fax. +81-42-528-3195


IASC Secretariat: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
Telegrafenberg A43, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
Tel. +49-331-2882214
Fax. +49-331-2882215




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