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When: Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

As climate change accelerates and the Arctic becomes more accessible than ever before, the geopolitical importance of the polar regions is growing. Arctic countries share a commitment to protecting the environment of those regions in the face of growing interest. In particular, Finland and the United States share a commitment to increasing Arctic and polar scientific cooperation, as well as a responsibility to creating awareness about the pace of climate change in the polar regions and the effects of global emissions on the Arctic environment. Please join the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute and the Embassy of Finland for a discussion exploring how science and technology help the United Nations, Finland and the United States increase awareness about the changes occurring in the polar regions.


  • Michael Sfraga, Director, Polar Institute // Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program


  • Ambassador Petteri Vuorimäki, Finland's Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs & Senior Arctic Official in the Arctic Council
  • Dr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
  • Timothy J. Mattimore, Jr. , President, Vaisala Inc.; Director of Legal, North America Vaisala Inc.
  • Evan T. Bloom, Senior Fellow, Polar Institute; Former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries and Director for Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State