When searching for a definition of what “Arctic Governance” is or refers to, probably one of the most helpful instrument is the Polar Law Textbook, which reads: “There is no universally recognized definition of “Arctic Governance.” This developing and evolving concept has been given multiple interpretations by the various stakeholders interested in the subject. The legal discourse often links the concept of “governance” to the right to autonomy that is housed in the concept of self-determination. A number of elements pre-determined by the existing legal and political frameworks, socioeconomic and environmental predicaments and the activities of the various actors involved in Northern matters help shape Arctic governance[1]”.

Focusing on cooperation, this article provides a brief overview – although not comprehensive - of International, regional and subnational organizations that have special role in addressing key issues in the region. 

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