Arctic Circle Conference This Month - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Arctic Circle Conference This Month

Published October 5, 2015

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Ian Mackenzie/Wikimedia Commons

The third annual Arctic Circle conference will be held this month, with participants from over 50 countries to be attending.

The conference will be held from October 16 to 18 at Harpa Concert Hall. According to a statement from the organisers, amongst the attendees will be representatives from the US Department of State, the White House and the House of Representatives; a “special representative” of Russian President Vladimir Putin; Prime Minister of Greenland Kim Kielsen and Faroese lawyer and politician Aksel V. Johannesen.

Apart from the main conference, there will be about 70 seminars featuring scientists, politicians, heads of business and numerous experts, all discussing the future of the Arctic region as it pertains to climate change, resource management and the environment.

The Arctic Circle was founded in 2013 by Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson with the intention to make it “the preeminent event every year where all those major players that have an interest in the Arctic can come together through dialogue and discussion.”

The full programme of events can be downloaded here (.pdf file).

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