Arctic Circle Greenland Forum to go ahead in August

Katuaq (Greenland Culture Centre) in downtown Nuuk, Greenland’s capital. The Arctic Circle Greenland Forum will be held here this August. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

After being cancelled two years in a row because of the pandemic, the Arctic Circle Greenland Forum is set to go head this summer in the capital city of Nuuk. 

“As an Arctic people, we have a central role to play when discussing issues related to the Arctic and in decisions concerning our society,” Greenland’s Prime Minister Muté Bourup Egede said in a news release on Thursday.

“Therefore, I’m pleased that we, together with the Arctic Circle, have agreed to host this conference in Nuuk.”

This year’s theme is Greenland in the global Arctic: Climate and Prosperity – Geopolitics and Progress.

“We are part of the global world and as such we work hard to strengthen and expand our friendships and the circle of our partners, especially among our closest neighbors,” Egede said.

“[The Government of Greenland] wants all cooperation and conversation about the Arctic to have a sharp focus on Greenland and our role in creating a peaceful and sustainable development of our society. I am therefore happy that precisely these wishes are reflected in the chosen themes for the forum.”

This conference will be held at the Katuaq, the culture center in Nuuk, August 27-29.

Between 300-500 people are expected. 

The Arctic Circle assembly was established in 2013 and is held in Reykjavik, Iceland every fall. It’s evolved into one of the largest  Arctic-themed conferences in the world.

Arctic Circle has gone on to regularly hold satellite forums throughout the year in regions around the world.

Besides Greenland, it’s also held such forms in Japan, Alaska, South Korea and Quebec City, Canada.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn@cbc.ca 

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