The Icelandic Joint Committee on Arctic Affairs

JiannanWongPhoto: Jiannan WongThe Icelandic Joint Committee on Arctic Affairs is under the auspices of the Icelandic Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources. The committee has been working since 1997 but in recent times has been transforming and strengthening its purpose and agenda. That is still a work in progress.

The Committee is a legally bound committee with the mission to strengthen and enforce cooperation between partners in Arctic research and the matters of the Stefansson Arctic Institute.

Meetings are held regularly, in Reykjavík, Akureyri and even online. They cover the projects of the relevant institutions and it also helps in organizing events, such as the Day of the Arctic.

Minister of Foreign Affairs appoints the committee for four years at a time. The committee should include institutions and organizations that work in Artic affairs.

The Committee from February 2018:


Hugi Ólafsson, President
Bryndís Kjartansdóttir, sendifulltrúi í utanríkisráðuneytinu, Vice-President

RANNIS
Þorsteinn Gunnarsson

Hafrannsóknastofnunar (Marine Research Institute) 
Sólveig R. Ólafsdóttir

Háskólans á Akureyri (University of Akureyri) 
Guðrún Rósa Þórsteinsdóttir

Háskóla Íslands (University of Iceland) 
Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir

Samkvæmt tilnefningu Umhverfisstofnunar
Sigurrós Friðriksdóttir

Náttúrufræðistofnunar Íslands (Icelandic Institute of Natural History) 
Trausti Baldursson

Landbúnaðarháskóla Íslands (Agricultural University of Iceland)
Auður Magnúsdóttir

Stefansson Arctic Institute
Níels Einarsson

Veðurstofu Íslands (Metheorological Office) 
Jórunn Harðardóttir

 

In meetings representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are present, including the Senior Arctic Officials. CAFF, PAME, Arctic Portal and Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network also have a representative at meetings.

 

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