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29 September 2023

WilsonCenter logo The latest from the Wilson Center´s Environmental Change & Security Program, September Quarterly, written by Lauren Risi Director of the ECSP.

29 September 2023

Arctic Portal - Expert to expert initiative

The second webinar of the Arctic Expert-to-Expert Initiative, titled “Arctic expert-to-expert cooperation for the future,” was part of the Nord University High North Dialogue 2023. It took place on April 18th and streamed online. The primary focus of the event was to underscore the vital importance of Arctic expert-to-expert cooperation, particularly given the climate crisis and the complex geopolitical circumstances faced by the region.

27 September 2023

House of Grímur in Ísafjörður

251 applications from around 60 countries were received for the first 10 Grímsson´s Fellows. The 10 chosen fellows are invited to stay for 2-6 weeks in the House of Grímur, where former President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was born and his family lived. The house is in the historic town of Ísafjörður, the capital of the beautiful Westfjords region in Iceland.

25 September 2023

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The 8th China – Nordic Arctic Cooperation (CNARC) Symposium will be held from 3 to 6 December 2023 in Guangzhou China. Registration is now open with the registration deadline 22 October 2023!

20 September 2023

Russia DeliveryLines NSR Peoples 2023The development of the Northern Sea Route – the perspective of indigenous people.

An article by: Sofia Urun, director of the Institute of the people of the North, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia.

19 September 2023

BEAC countries members observersAfter 30 years of successful cooperation, Russia has officially withdrawn from the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) a collaboration platform in the Arctic Region functioning in many ways similar to the Arctic Council. The Council activities have been on hold since spring 2022. In a formal statement sent to all the foreign ministers of the member countries of the BEAC on September 18, 2023, the Foreign Ministry of Russia declared Russia's official withdrawal from the council.

18 September 2023

Challenges Freerice

The World Food Forum and the World Food Programme (WFP) have joined forces to combat food waste by launching the "50 Days to Fight Food Waste" challenge. This initiative takes the form of a game known as FREERICE, where participants answer questions to accumulate grains. The objective is to collect over 50 million rice grains within 50 days!

14 September 2023

Arctic Council members and observers 2022SMALLThe news is a very positive step in the right direction, not least in regards to the continuation of the highly important Climate Change research as well as Social Development and Indigenous Issues, and encouraging for Person-to-Person collaboration in Arctic science and culture.

14 September 2023

Conversation around the Lavvu with the Norwegian Foreign Minister

In the article titled “Exploring Arctic Sustainability: Enhancing Resilience, Addressing Land Degradation, and Permafrost Thaw Through Indigenous Empowerment”, authored by Brittany Janis and Melissa Shapiro, we learn about the week-long workshop aimed to amplify the voices of Arctic Indigenous Youth held in Arendal, Norway. 

13 September 2023

ArcticArtandCulture 2023 PThe Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts and the Northern Forum regions recently published a new issue of the Journal Arctic Art & Culture highlighting the educational, research, scientific, and practical endeavors of the North and the Arctic.

12 September 2023

Samoylov Island Research Station Location

In a statement by the Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INGG SB RAS), the north magnetic pole of the Earth is shifting towards the Arctic coast of Russia. Year-round observations will soon be conducted at the Samoylov Island Research Station in the delta of the Lena River in Sakha Republic, Russia, on this phenomenon in a specially installed magnetic observatory.

8 September 2023

Arctic Circle

The draft program for the 10th Arctic Circle Assembly, to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland from October 19-21.2023 has been published.


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7 September 2023

3.8.1 SeaRoutes SeaIce2022 EEZ ProjRussia LRes

The lack of sufficient and qualified infrastructure, including ice-class fleet of carriers and support ice-breakers, is hindering the development of the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic stated the head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, Alexei Chekunkov, in an interview with RBC Russian media on the eve of this years Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. He further stated that there are not enough shipyards in the world to build the needed fleet.

4 September 2023

6.5 Fin Whale LRes

Activists trying to prevent the departure of whaling boats from Reykjavík Harbor. The police were called to the Reykjavík Harbor in Iceland this morning due to protests against the intended departure of two whaling ships of Hvalur ltd.

4 September 2023

Morten Høglund Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials

Norway's Chairship has been termed the most significant in Arctic Council history given the current unique geopolitical situation. In an interview published on the Arctic Council website Morten Høglund, the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, discusses the progress made and challenges in the Council's work over the past three months.

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