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Nordic cleantech office opens in the United Arab Emirates
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:38

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Source:Getty Images)President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Source:Getty Images)We report today the news released by NORDEN on the launch of a new Nordic cleantech incubator at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The office, opened under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers, will provide a soft landing zone for Nordic cleantech companies that seek new business opportunities in the Emirates and the wider Gulf area.

The New Nordic incubator office will provide an attractive platform for Nordic cleantech businesses already based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as a good starting place for new companies, combining the strong brand values of Masdar City and the Nordic region.

Several Nordic companies have already expressed an interest in renting an office space in the incubator, and the ambition is to fill it quickly.

Together on a global market
Pointing out cleantech as one of the biggest strengths of the Nordic region, the President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, hopes that as many companies as possible will see the benefits from utilising the incubator.

– I hope that the different companies in our respective countries will realise that this is not just an office in the normal sense. This is an opening of new possibilities, of a global transformation, which in my opinion has an enormous potential, said the President in his opening speech.

Abu Dhabi and the UAE have quickly emerged as a new global hotspot for renewable energy and clean technology. Masdar City, Abu Dhabi's low-carbon, sustainable urban development, is also the permanent home to the International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA).

Nordic branding
The incubator office is a result of an initiative by the Nordic Council of Ministers for Business and is managed by Nordic Innovation, an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers that works to promote trade and innovation across the Nordic borders.

The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten, welcomes this new Nordic venture.

– We are happy to see more Nordic cooperation in the UAE and look forward to the important work now starting out in this economic hotspot. Nordic cooperation has a strong focus on green growth, so the new platform for clean tech solutions is an exciting addition to this effort. Furthermore, a new Nordic branding strategy is underway and this is an area where the Nordic countries really have a lot to offer the world, Mr. Høybråten said in a statement.

Just common sense
To establish a joint Nordic platform that the new incubator office represents is the only sensible thing to do, according to the Icelandic President.

– To some extent, the Nordic countries are a kind of a Silicon Valley of renewable energy, because what we have done each of us this area is a formidable combination when you put all of it together. By opening the office here, we are utilising the strength of the combined Nordic achievements in this area, the President summed up at the opening event.


Source: NORDEN. Read more here

The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 09 February 2015 10:15

Coast of Iceland (source: Getty Images) Coast of Iceland (source: Getty Images) Brill will soon releases "The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles Delineation, Delimitation and Dispute Settlement", a new book by Bjarni Már Magnússon. 

In The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles, Bjarni Már Magnússon explores various aspects of the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles and maritime boundary delimitations. Special emphasis is laid on the interplay between these processes and the role of coastal States, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and international courts and tribunals in this regard.

Magnússon convincingly argues that despite the possibility for tension to arise the relationship between the relevant institutions and processes is clear and precise and they together form a coherent system where each separate institution plays its own part in a larger process.

Bjarni Már Magnússon, Ph.D. (2013), Reykjavik University, is Assistant Professor in International Law at Reykjavik University. He has published on public international law and was a junior counsel for Bangladesh in the maritime boundary delimitation case against Myanmar.

For more info, please click here

New challenges facing the Arctic Ocean and other fragile seas
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 06 February 2015 10:09

Arctic Centre logoInternational Conference on "New challenges facing the Arctic Ocean and other fragile seas" is arranged on the 20th of February 2015 at the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi, Finland. The conference is organized by Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in cooperation with EU Cost Action - MarSafeNet.

The Conference is open for all who are interested, and it is free of charge.


Final Programme of the Conference, click here.


The conference will address following themes:

Theme 1: Encountering new challenges to Arctic Ocean and other Fragile Seas
Panel 1: Pollution threats and Marine Environmental Protection
Panel 2: Economic usage and security

Theme 2: Governance approach: Arctic Ocean and other Fragile Seas compared
Panel 1: Global and regional approach
Panel 2: Institutions and governance


Credits for Students:
Students are very welcomed to participate the conference and there will be an opportunity to receive credits from the event. The conference will serve as part of the ASPB1106 Arctic Studies Programme, alternative studies.

Arctic Studies Programme can offer that as ASPB1106 Alternative Courses 1 ECTS. To complete the course follow the seminar sessions and write a learning journal of 3-5 pages. The learning journal will be returned to International Studies Coordinator's e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Course will be graded as pass/fail. No registration required in weboodi, but please see below registration instructions for the conference.

Registration via email
All the attendees are expected to formally register for the event via email. Please send the following information to assi.harkoma(at) and copy to raija.kivilahti(at) before 5th of February 2015.
• Name
• Faculty
• (Student number)
• Email


Additional information:
Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM)

Dr. Kamrul Hossain
Tel. +358 40 484 4281, kamrul.hossain(at)

Assi Harkoma
Tel. +358 40 484 41 59, assi.harkoma(at)

High North Dialogue 2015
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:18

High North Dialogue 2015 (source: High North Dialogue 2015 (source: March each year politicians and outstanding representatives of research and business get the opportunity to meet the future leaders of the High North – and vice versa. It happens during the conference High North Dialogue in Bodø. This year the conference will be held on 17-19 March 2015. 

From 2015 the Arctic Dialogue Conference is changing name to HIGH NORTH DIALOGUE.

The Arctic Dialogue has been organized and initiated by the High North Centre for Business and Governance at Bodø Graduate School of Business, University of Nordland, and up to 2012, supported by HBW Resources (USA), to foster dialogue and increase information sharing between stakeholders in the Arctic.

The Dialogue series offers a unique and intimate scene and was at the beginning in 2006 a departure from a traditional conference setting. All stakeholders are equal participants and help in constructing the directional content of the Dialogues. The circum-Arctic-Dialogue offers valuable lessons for all communities that are currently examining the prospects of expanding offshore oil and gas production in an environmentally sustainable manner. The roundtable seminar series endeavours to foster discussion, develop dialogue on sustainable development and sound environmental practices as well as share regional experiences from such diverse locations as the counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark in Norway, North Aleutians and North Slope, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico in the United States, the Beaufort and Labrador Seas in Canada and Yamal Peninsula and Sakhalin, Russia to fully examine the benefits and challenges associated with offshore commercial fishing, oil & gas activities and other industries located in the Arctic.

The whole concept started in 2006 when Jan Terje Henriksen and Jan-Oddvar Sørnes were flying back from a opening of a new NGO (involving David Holt and Andrew Browning) in Houston, US and discussed the possibility of making something similar here in Bodø, building a forum for energy and petroleum related networking.

They were also involved with the new Master Programme «Energy Management» (recruiting started autumn 2005) and saw an opportunity to combine these ideas with the new Programme.

After their trip to USA Jan Terje and Jan-Oddvar had been working hard to connect with institutions in America and through Andrew Browning of HBW Resources in Houston, they got in touch with School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (Manhattan, NY) (Shirley Neff og David Nissen), and Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Washington DC. Based on this network a course on Geopolitics, conducted by Andrew Browning was designed. At the same time, Jan-Oddvar and Jan Terje had been to Houston to meet David Holt, a colleague of Andrew, who became a strong contributor and supporter financially and professionally. A programme for student internship was also agreed, and two students from Energy Management have every year been a semester in Houston/Austin for their final thesis.

The American link was strong for a long time. When the cooperation with Russia through MGIMO and later Rosneft was introduced the focus had to be somewhat balanced. The American network is still working well through research and other R&D related activities, while the direct connection to the Master programmes has been reduced.

Petter Nore and Johan Petter Barlindhaug were involved from the beginning and Petter Nore is still an Adjunct Professor with the Business School.

In 2010 the students from the new Master Programme "Sustainable Management" were included in the conference.

From 2013 a Master course was developed and all Master students at the Energy Management and Sustainable Management have to fulfill the course as part of their degree. From 2014 the course was opened to other external students as well, and an Arctic Bridge PhD course was included. From 2015 the plan is to offer a specific High North Dialogue PhD course as well.


Source: High North Dialogue 2015

Check out the 2015 HND here

Register here.

More information here

The Nordic autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Perspective
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:21

View of Mariehamn (source: wikipedia) View of Mariehamn (source: wikipedia) Las t January 2015, took place in Mariehamn(Åland Islands) the final meeting of the project called "The Nordic autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Perspective". The project was initiated by the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅIPI) and supported by the Nordic Council's Citizen's and Consumer Committee. It run during 2104 and 2015 and involved a number of Nordic researchers specialised in autonomy issues. 


The Noridc Council has therefeore released the following press release: 

The Nordic Council is exploring the role of the Nordic Region as a pioneer in peace issues and held a seminar on the autonomous regions' function as peace projects during the meetings on Åland.

(Read more here: Security and autonomy policy go hand in hand)

Where Åland's autonomy is largely the result of more rigid legal agreements, many politicians see progress towards greater autonomy for Greenland and the Faroe Islands as a pragmatic process of ongoing dialogue.

"Being one of the countries that form a kingdom like Denmark is a bit like being married. It's not the wording of the contract that makes for a happy family, but the will to work together and mutual respect, regardless of the balance of power," Helgi Abrahamsen, Chair of the Delegation from the Faroe Island at the Nordic Council, told the conference.

Conflict management is a Nordic trademark
Sjúrður Skaale, Faroese member of the Danish Parliament, added that autonomous regions can, without doubt, stand on their own two feet and be part of a larger grouping at the same time.

"The Faroe Islands were highlighted as a role model for Scotland in connection with the country's recent referendum on independence because we collect our own taxes and pass our own laws despite what it says in the Danish Constitution, something which the British wouldn't allow the Scots," Skaale explained.

He stressed that co-operation between the Faroes and Denmark was also able to accommodate the Faroese taking legal action against the EU – which includes Denmark – in a fishing conflict in 2003.

Johan Lund, a member of the Danish Parliament from Greenland agreed:

"The relationship between Denmark and Greenland evolves via dialogue and in an extremely pragmatic spirit. The Home Rule Act did not recognise Greenlanders as a people in international law, but the Autonomy Act has taken us a step further and we now do enjoy full legal status as a people in our own right," Lund pointed out.

Sámi representation on its way?
During the discussion on how the Nordic self-image has evolved over time, Professor Pertti Joenniemi of the University of Tampere highlighted the transition from basing identity on perceptions of the enemy to a basing it on a cultural affinity and peaceful coexistence – a transition which the Nordic countries have undergone over the last 200 years.

"Our experience of developing a peaceful community of nations is an important aspect of the Nordic brand and one of the things we can share with the world," added Höskuldur Þórhallson, the President of the Nordic Council.

He welcomed the discussions about the Sámi Parliaments in Finland, Norway, and Sweden joining the Nordic Council in the same spirit. An application from the Sámi Parliamentary Council was on the agenda of both the Citizens' and Consumer Rights Committee and the Presidium during the meetings on Åland.

Read more about the conference "The Nordic Autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Perspective" organised by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Nordic Council's Citizens' and Consumer Rights Committee at

Michael Funch
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Jenny Pentler
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