Feature Interview: The Arctic Council – What was accomplished and where we go from here

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Delegates attend the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting Friday, April 24, 2015 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Ministers from the eight Arctic nations and the leaders of northern indigenous groups form the Council. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
Delegates attend the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting Friday, April 24, 2015 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Ministers from the eight Arctic nations and the leaders of northern indigenous groups form the Council. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
The Arctic Council Chairmanship passed from Canada to the United States last week.

It was a time to look back at Canada’s term as chair, as well as look ahead to U.S. priorities over the next two years.

But it’s also a time to look at some of the work the Council has done over the last two years, including reports on everything from harmful emissions to tourism.

Kathrin Keil, Europe director at the The Arctic Institute and project scientist at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. (Courtesy Kathrin Keil)
Kathrin Keil, Europe director at the The Arctic Institute and project scientist at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. (Courtesy Kathrin Keil)

To help us make sense of some of what we saw last week, Eye on the Arctic spoke with Kathrin Keil, the Europe director of the The Arctic Institute, an independent think thank and project scientist at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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Norway:  Peace and stability crucial for Arctic economy, Barents Observer

Russia: Majorities in Arctic nations favor cooperation with Russia, Barents Observer

Sweden:   Arctic Council – From looking out to looking in, Blog by Mia Bennett, Cryopolitics

United States:  Climate change emphasized as US takes chair of Arctic Council, Eye on the Arctic

 

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about the issues facing aboriginal peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. In her weekly column on RCInet.ca, she focuses on the people and issues making a difference in northern Canada. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland, Arctic Russia, Yukon, Nunavut and Nunavik. Read Eilís Quinn's articles

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