(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik, Arctic Portal) The audience gathered in Harpa, Reykjavik.Second Annual Arctic Circle Assembly to be held September 5-7, 2014, in Reykjavík, Iceland

On behalf of President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland, Parliament of Greenland Member Kuupik Kleist, Alaska Dispatch Publisher Alice Rogoff and distinguished partners, the Arctic Circle Team would like to thank everyone for participating in the inaugural Arctic Circle assembly.

This new open assembly drew more than 1,200 participants from over 40 nations, bringing together both individuals and organizations for a series of meetings and presentations addressing the challenges and opportunities of the changing Arctic.
The Arctic Circle will reconvene September 5-7, 2014, in Reykjavík, Iceland, and will move to Anchorage, Alaska, in the fall of 2015.

The Arctic Circle is non-profit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations and public associations around the world are invited to hold meetings within the Arctic Circle platform to advance their own missions and the broader goal of increasing collaborative decision-making without surrendering their institutional independence.

The Arctic Circle is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. Participating organizations will maintain their full institutional independence, identity and decision-making abilities.

To this end, the Arctic Circle aims to create opportunities for everyone to attend different meetings, conduct their own networking and engage in one-on-one informal discussions. Organizations will be able to decide their own agendas and convene their own meetings.