John Kerry to visit Arctic Norway to witness climate impacts

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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende speak to the press in Washington, DC, February 26, 2015. This week, Kerry is in Norway and will visit the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende speak to the press in Washington, DC, February 26, 2015. This week, Kerry is in Norway and will visit the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
United States Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Svalbard to see climate change on close hold.

Kerry, who is visiting Norway this week, will travel to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard together with Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Climate change, oceans, fisheries and marine environment are on the agenda. Kerry has called the Arctic a thermostat where the effects global warming will have on the planet are already visible.

During his visit to the Arctic, the U.S. official will get a briefing about how Norway by following scientific advice has been able to preserve its important fish stocks, Brende says to NTB, NRK reports.

On Wednesday, John Kerry will be discussing security policy together with other participants at Oslo Forum, an international network of armed conflict mediation practitioners co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

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