Together Towards a Sustainable Arctic

The theme of the Arctic Council Chairmanship program for 2019-2021 reflects Iceland’s commitment to the principle of sustainable development and refers to the necessity of close cooperation between the states and peoples of the region and beyond.

Sustainable development and protection of the Arctic environment have been at the core of the Arctic Council’s mandate since its foundation in 1996. With rapid environmental changes underway, its role has become ever more important.

Temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise at more than twice the global annual average. Rising temperatures accelerate the melting of snow and ice and affect the Arctic’s interconnected ecosystems in direct and indirect ways, with various economic and social implications for Arctic communities.

Effective mitigation and adaptation strategies are needed to address the adverse impacts of Arctic climate change. The Arctic States and their partners must also ensure that new economic activities made possible by the decline of sea ice will be pursued in a sustainable manner. Balance must be sought between the three pillars of sustainable development – economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. [Source: Government of Iceland]


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 Einar Gunnarsson

Ambassador Arctic Affairs
Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials
ATel: +354 545 9915
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Fridrik Jonsson

Senior Arctic Official for Iceland
Director of Arctic Affairs
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Counsellor, Arctic Affairs;
Deputy SAO & SDWG Head of Delegation
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Senior Adviser,
Arctic Affairs
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Special Adviser,
Arctic Affairs
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Senior Adviser,
Arctic Affairs
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 Iris Dager
Temporary Officer
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Sefán Skjaldarson
Chair of the Arctic Council SDWG
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