The Arctic Council convenes in Oulu this week, in the first meeting of Finland’s chairmanship. The meeting will discuss a recently-signed agreement on scientific co-operation in the Arctic, along with the council’s approach to an upcoming UN conference on climate change due to be held in Bonn, Germany.
Around 160 participants are expected, including representatives from non-Arctic countries such as South Korea, China and India, who all have commercial or scientific interests in the region. The Oulu meeting will be attended by officials and diplomats from the participating countries.
The Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Co-operation was signed at the last Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, last May in an effort to break down barriers to research in the polar region.
Finland has planned to emphasise education and climate change at this week’s meeting, according to Rene Söderman, the lead expert on the Arctic at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
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