Arctic Council

The leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic.

Who we are
"Northern World", painted by Ted Harrison for the inaguration of the Arctic Council in 1996.

Who we are

Expert groups and task forces carry out additional work.

Where we focus

How we work

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Agreements and cooperation

The establishment of the Arctic Council was considered an important milestone enhancing cooperation in the circumpolar North. In the Ottawa Declaration, the eight Arctic States established the Council as a high-level forum to provide means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States – including the full consultation and full involvement of Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants.

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Data and knowledge

At any given time the Council’s subsidiary bodies – the Working and Expert Groups – are engaged in close to 100 projects and initiatives.

Arctic monitoring. Icon: Freepik/Flaticon
Monitoring

As the Arctic continues to experience a period of intense and accelerating change it has become increasingly important to have better information on the status and trends of the Arctic environment.

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Assessments

Through the ever-growing body of assessments produced by its six Working Groups, the Arctic Council serves as knowledge broker and global advocate for Arctic topics. The Working Groups’ assessments have been instrumental in bringing Arctic issues to a global arena through policy recommendations and international cooperation.

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Recommendations

The strong knowledge base produced by the Arctic Council’s Working Groups and other subsidiary bodies feeds into recommendations for informed decision-making.

Recent news and stories

Time-witness reports: I was dealing with the nuts and bolts

Bernard Funston is one of the architects of key documents that still guide the Arctic Council’s work today. A lawyer by training monitoring the Arctic Environmental Prote...
27 Oct 2021

Quiz: Which 2021 Arctic Council report should you read based on your interests?

In 2021, the Arctic Council's Working and Expert Groups released over 50 new reports on topics including climate change, emergency response, biodiversity, Arctic shipping...
25 Oct 2021

Introducing Mathieu Parker: The new director of the Arctic Council Secretariat

Since the end of September, Mathieu Parker is the new Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS). The former Canadian government executive takes over the role from ...
21 Oct 2021
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Events

30 Oct-31 Oct 2021
Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Copenhagen, Denmark
31 Oct-12 Nov 2021
UNFCCC COP 26 Glasgow, Scotland
03 Nov-04 Nov 2021
CAFF CBMP Marine Annual Meeting 2021 Online
16 Nov-18 Nov 2021
Arctic Shipping Best Practices Forum Online
24 Nov-26 Nov 2021
EPPR-II 2021 Kaliningrad Kaliningrad, Russian Federation
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