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Might be increased tensions in the Arctic, ex-NATO Secretary General says
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 02 January 2015 13:14

Former Danish Prime Minister and former NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (source: wikipedia) Former Danish Prime Minister and former NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (source: wikipedia) In a recent interview to Anders Fogh Rasmussen released by, the ex-NATO Secretary General has briefly discussed rising tensions in the Arctic region due mainly to the effects of climate change. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, that served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 27 November 2001 to 5 April 2009 and was the 12th Secretary General of NATO from 2009 to 2014, agreed with the Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (see the interview with President Grímsson here) about rising potential tensions in the Arctic as consequence of climate change. Accordingly to the Danish politician, there is no doubt that climate change will have a major impact on the geopolitical balances in the Arctic. Climate change will open up new sea lines, and bring new opportunities for explorations of natural resources in the Arctic, holding potential for increased tensions in the High North. As an indication of this potential tensions -- including military tensions -- in the area, Rasmussen mentioned the increased military presence in the Arctic announced by president Putin last December, and suggested that NATO should stay prepared also in this situation, since art.5 of NATO, covers the all NATO territory, including NATO Arctic territory. Hopefully, the ex-NATO Secretary General concluded, these tensions can be resolved peacefully, for instance within the Arctic Council.


See the interview here

The 21st International Symposium on Polar Sciences
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 11:47

lce (source: Getty images) lce (source: Getty images) The 21st International Symposium on Polar Sciences will be held by the Korea Polar Research Institute in Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea on May 19-20, 2015.

The International Symposium on Polar Sciences has been held every year since the launch of our Antarctic research and has served to bring polar scientists together providing an international forum for exchanging, sharing ideas and opinions. The theme of the 2015 symposium is "Polar Region as a Key Observatory for the Changing Globe and Beyond" and the Korea Polar Research Institute is inviting scientists to share their knowledge towards the changes in the polar region. Abstract can be sent between January 26th–March 20th, 2015. 

The overview and preliminary program of "The 21st International Symposium on Polar Sciences" will be provided on the symposium website from January 23rd, 2015.


Read more here.



CNARC: Call for abstract
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:29

The China-Nordic Research Cente in ShanghaiOn the 26-28 May 2015 the 3rd China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium will take place in Shanghai and the conference theme is "Arctic Synergies: Polices and Best Practices".


We cordially invite proposals for oral presentations at the 3rd China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium. Proposals are welcome from researchers affiliated with Nordic and Chinese universities, research institutes, think tanks and organizations. All presentations will focus on Arctic-related issues, within one of the session topics, and the deadline for abstract submission is on February 27, 2015:


• Session I The Evolution of Arctic Governance: Geopolitical, Legal, and Socio-Economic Issues
• Session II The Impact of Scientific Developments on Arctic Strategies
• Session III The Framing and Implementation of Chinese and Nordic Arctic Policies
• Session IV Trans-Arctic Synergies in Arctic Economic Development


The call for abstracts can be found here, and below is a more detailed description of each session:


Session 1, The Evolution of Arctic Governance: Geopolitical, Legal, and Socio-Economic Issues


The Arctic has, in recent years, assumed global importance because of the impact of climate change, the region's natural resources, and the economic potential offered by the opening of Arctic sea routes. What are the main political, legal and socio-economic issues in the evolution of Arctic governance? Is the current governance framework based on the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) sufficient to meet the challenges and opportunities in the region? To which extend would the tension between Russia and U.S.-EU in the aftermath of Ukrainian crisis affect Arctic governance and Arctic cooperation? How does the Arctic fit into broader geopolitical developments taking place in the world? What is the role of the Arctic Council? What is the significance of the decision to accept five Asian countries (China, India, Singapore, South Korea and Japan) as observers to the Arctic Council? How does increased interest in the Arctic contribute to sustainable development and human security at local, national and regional levels in the Arctic region? How do these changes affect the participation of indigenous communities in Arctic governance and the longstanding culture for open dialogue and informal deliberation within the Arctic Council?


Session 2, The Impact of Scientific Developments on Arctic Strategies


Scientific research and cooperation has been at the very center of Arctic policy-making since the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy was launched in 1991, which subsequently led to the establishment of the Arctic Council in 1996. Has science remained as a key element in Arctic policies with the promotion and popularization of Arctic affairs? How do outside stakeholders, such as China, see the role of science and research in Arctic policy-making? What are the implications of Arctic Science Summit Week 2015 and Third International Conference on the Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) on Arctic Science and governance?


Session 3, The Framing and Implementation of Chinese and Nordic Arctic Policies


All the Nordic States have, in the last few years, published official Arctic strategies. While China has not yet taken this step, it is possible that a policy statement or a White Paper will be forthcoming. What are the main concerns of the Nordic countries, when it comes to the Arctic? What do the Nordic Arctic policies have in common and how do they differ from each other? What is the role for Arctic policy papers from regional or sub regional organizations, such as the Nordic Council, the West Nordic Council and the Barents Council? How do European supranational and intergovernmental organizations, such has the European Union and European Free Trade Association, fit into Arctic policy-making? What Arctic-related policy cooperation is in place between China and the Nordic Countries? How can the China-Nordic Arctic cooperation framework be developed further through bilateral and multilateral means?


Session 4, Trans-Arctic Synergies in Arctic Economic Development


Following the Arctic Council's 2013 Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna over half of the G20 countries are now represented at the Arctic table. The Arctic region is playing a more important role on the world stage as part of globalization, economic development, energy utilization, environmental protection and international security. The World Economic Forum, in its 2014 report Demystifying the Arctic, estimated the Arctic region's current annual economy at roughly $230 billion; this figure, however, could rise in the coming years, with the Arctic believed to hold about 20% of Earth's remaining recoverable natural resources (including substantial reserves of oil and gas, minerals, renewable energy sources, fresh water and seafood). Questions remain where investors and labor force for Arctic projects will come from; in addition, international cooperation and best practices are likely to remain as critical success factors for many of the Arctic's potential economic opportunities. What role will outside stakeholders, including Asian and European economies, play in the economic development of the Arctic? In which industries are the interests of local Arctic residents and outside stakeholders most aligned? Will it be in developing infrastructure, creating new extensions of international transportation networks (in shipping and aviation), developing trade relations and/or investing in natural resource development?


Read the Call here.

Arctic Days Festival in Moscow
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 19 December 2014 09:47


Arctic Days in Moscow LogoArctic Days in Moscow LogoNovember 22, 2014, "The Arctic Days in Moscow" Festival of Arctic events came to the end.
The Festival united an international scientific conference "The Open Arctic," a photo exhibition "The Arctic" involving famous photographers of the Arctic, and III International Festival of Nonfiction Films "The Arctic." According to the Organizers, more than 3,500 people took part in the events of the Festival. During the first day of the "The Arctic Days in Moscow", the international scientific conference "The Open Arctic" and the photo exhibition "The Arctic" were visited by more than 2,000 people. Presentation of a photograph on the Arctic theme made by the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev became the highlight of the photo exhibition on the opening day of the exposition in the Multimedia Art Museum. The photo exhibition will be open until December 14, 2014.
The photopiece can be also seen at the open-air exhibition that was open in the framework of "The Arctic Days in Moscow" on Gogolevsky Boulevard in Moscow on November 22, 2014. Over 1,200 of scientists from Moscow, arctic regions of Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Iceland, Czech Republic took part in the discussion of the topical issues of the Arctic region during the scientific conference "The Open Arctic" that was the key event of "The Arctic Days in Moscow."
DSC 3011 Arctic Days Festival in MoscowThe Plenary session "The Arctic – Environmental Balance and Development Prospects" featured the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation Sergey Donskoy, First Vice President of the Russian Geographical Society, correspondent member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), member of the JSC Rosneft Board of Directors, famous explorer of the Arctic and Antarctic Arthur Chilingarov, Chairman of JSC Novatec Board of Directors Alexander Natalenko, British professor, Nobel prize winner of 2007 Terry Callaghan, Director and regional representative of the European office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), ex-Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic Jan Dusik, founder of the International environmental movement "Living Planet" Nikolay Drozdov. The participants discussed problems of the complex research and exploration of the Arctic, prospects of geological study and development of the Arctic zone. During the discussion it was noted that the development of the Arctic shelf shall facilitate the development of the territory, become the powerhouse of the arctic science.
"The Arctic Days in Moscow" festival of events ended with an official ceremony of awarding the winners of III International Festival of Nonfiction Films "The Arctic" during which movie makers presented over 100 works. The Grand Prix of III International Festival of Nonfiction Films "The Arctic" was given to the NArFU Media center "The Arctic Bridge" (Arkhangelsk) for a series of programs stimulating national interest to the research in the Arctic. Victor Yuschenko received a prize for the best directing in the film "The Risk was Deadly" by studio "Under Pi sign" (Moscow). The prize for the best camera work went to Mikhail Smirnov for the movie "Fritiof Nansen. No Life Without Struggle" by ATK Studio (Saint Petersburg). The Special prize and a diploma of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation was awarded to the film "Summer in the Tikhaya bay" by DCfilm producing center (Moscow). The prizes to its creators, Boris Amarov and Snezhanna Krasinskaya during the official closing ceremony of the Film festival on November 22, 2014 were presented by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation Sergey Donskoy. More than 500 journalists from the leading Russian and foreign media, including Channel 1, Russia Today, Russia 24, TV Company Zvezda, TV Company Moscow 24, Izvestia, Kommersant, Vedomosti, Expert, Interfax, IIA Rossia Segodnya, SPIEGEL, Radio France, RAI-Radiotelevisione italiana, Xinhua, Аlmanar, Le Courrier de Russie and other, expressed interest to the events of "The Arctic Days in Moscow."
Arctic Days Festival in MoscowArctic Days Festival in Moscow"The Arctic Days in Moscow" festival was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation with the support of The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia, Moscow Government, Russian Geographical Society, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Academy of Sciences. The media partners of the Festival are: Izvestia,, Russia Today, TASS information agency, Moscow 24, Moscow 92,0 FM,, Snob, Vokrug Sveta,,, (Исландия).


Official website of the The Arctic Days in Moscow 
General partner of the Festival: JSC NOVATEK
Partners of the scientific conference: JSC Oil Company Rosneft, JSC MMC Norilsky Nickel
The partner of the photo exhibition : JSC Gazprom neft
Media partners: Izvestia,, Russian Today, TASS information agency, Moscow24, Moscow 92,0 FM, Vokrug Sveta, Vesti. ru, Snob,,, (Iceland).










Canadian High Arctic Research Station established
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:11

1-CPC-logo-with-text-3-300x152Having received Royal Assent on December 16th, the new federal research organization, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), has been established. As reported by the "Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada" website, the new station will be located in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and  "will provide a suite of services for science and technology in Canada's North including a technology development centre, traditional knowledge centre, and advanced laboratories. The Station will attract international scientists to work in Canada and will strengthen Canada's leadership position in Arctic research.


Northerners are engaging in cutting-edge science and technology to address their needs in a changing North. This Station will be built by Canadians, in Canada's Arctic, and will be there to serve the world".


CHARS will have therefore two mandates, namely, it will be responsable for " advancing Canada's knowledge of the Arctic and strengthening Canadian leadership on polar science" and "technology by combining the resources and knowledge of the Canadian Polar Commission and Canadian High Arctic Research Station into a single federal organization". 


Yesterday, the Candian Polar Commission welcomed the Royal Assent with the following press release: "The Canadian Polar Commission, Canada's primary polar knowledge agency, welcomes Royal Assent of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act, which it received today as part of Bill C-43. The Act will merge the mandates and functions of the Canadian Polar Commission and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) in a single organization."


I am pleased that the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act has received Royal Assent," said Nellie Cournoyea, Acting Chairperson of the Canadian Polar Commission. "The new organization will draw strength and vision from the broad national and international polar knowledge experience of the Canadian Polar Commission as it implements a national Arctic science and technology program and establishes a new world-class polar research facility in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The new CHARS organization will enable the creation of new knowledge that will benefit all Canadians while addressing the pressing needs of northerners, especially in terms of economic development, stewardship of environment and wildlife, and health and well-being."CHARS will work closely with Aboriginal peoples of Canada's North and recognizes the importance of the broad range of Traditional Knowledge, as part of the new organization's mandate. 


The CHARS Act's provisions will come into force on a date determined by the Governor in Council.The functions of the Canadian Polar Commission, among them connecting Canada to global polar science through formal membership on the International Arctic Science Committee and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, and communicating polar research information to Canadians, will continue in the new organization."


For more information about CHARS, please click here









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