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One Arctic: U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 8:00am

The World Policy Institute’s Arctic in Context initiative, in collaboration with Trent University, the University of Washington, and the Woodrow Wilson Center, will host a two-day symposium exploring the concept of “One Arctic.” 

This event is by invitation only and will be held in Washington D.C.


As the U.S. Arctic Council Chairmanship reaches the midpoint, this symposium draws together participants from Arctic agencies, government and non-governmental organizations, indigenous organizations, academia, and the private sector to discuss the implications of rapidly changing conditions in the Arctic.

This discussion explores the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council from the perspective of its approach to a One Arctic agenda. What does “One Arctic” mean from the point of view of the U.S. agenda, and how does this agenda fit into the more general work of the Arctic Council? How does the fact that the theme of One Arctic was inspired from the Inuit Circumpolar Council inform the U.S. chairmanship and its work? What is the relevance and impact to the U.S. chairmanship and Arctic Council of the March 2016 release of the Joint Statement on Climate Change, Energy, and Arctic Leadership by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau? This symposium will explore the theme of One Arctic as well as the four pillars of the U.S. chairmanship – Arctic Ocean safety, security, and stewardship; improvement of economic and living conditions in the Arctic; climate change; and how to effectively raise awareness of the Arctic – and examine what this means for the future of the Arctic governance and international relations more broadly.

The program will focus on the U.S. Arctic Council Chairmanship priorities, assess progress to date, and speak to the challenges that remain.

Participants include:

  • Julia Gourley, U.S. Department of State
  • Susan Harper, Global Affairs Canada
  • Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, Georgetown University
  • Willy Østreng, Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research
  • Michael Perkinson and Penny Zuckerwise, Guggenheim Partners
  • Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Government of Greenland
  • Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland
  • Lesil McGire and Craig Fleener, Government of Alaska
  • James Gamble, Aleut International Association
  • And more!

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