Arctic Circle

Two thousand participants at Arctic Circle assembly in Reykjavik

October 22, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

                     Over two thousand people from 60 different countries are taking part in the Arctic Circle assembly at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. This is the fifth time that the assembly takes place.

The assembly was founded by former President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

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Arctic Circle 2015 Wraps Up & Grows Ever Larger

October 19, 2015 • Philip Burgess

arctic-circle-conference-2015-logoIn a few short years the Arctic Circle assembly, held annually in Iceland’s capital has grown to become the largest Arctic related gathering, and is now attended by more than 1500 participants from close to 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland and has just wrapped up. In addition, the Arctic Circle organizes smaller forums on specific subjects, such as the 2015 forums in Alaska and Singapore, and the 2016 forums in Québec and Greenland. This year was no exception and even featured a keynote by President Hollande of France who noted the critical importance of action on climate change in advance of COP 21 in Paris, next month. Watch videos of the keynote presentations here and see photos here.

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Norway’s State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tore Hattrem was in attendance and  said Norway has stepped up its climate diplomacy over the last year and noted “Climate change affects everything. It can change food production globally, and in the end also affect security policy”

ICR Director Anders Oskal is on the Advisory Board of the Assembly and spoke at two sessions – one on Arctic Research and the other on Business and Cultural Development in the North where he was joined by Mikhail Pogodaev, who is currently the acting chair of the Northern Forum. In total ICR delivered 7 speeches and hosted 2 outbreak sessions in cooperation with the Northern Forum, IASSA, IASC, UArctic and business leaders.

The ICR/ WRH team are travelling onwards to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials meeting, the first under the US chairmanship which gets underway in Anchorage tomorrow.



Watch ICR Director Anders Oskal Address Arctic Circle

November 30, 2014 • Philip Burgess

Watch Anders Oskal keynote address to the recent Arctic Circle conference, held in Reykjavik.


ICR Director To Present at Arctic Circle, Iceland

November 1, 2014 • Philip Burgess

AArctic Circle Logonders Oskal, the Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry will be presenting at the Arctic Circle conference tomorrow, Sunday November 2.

Oskal was invited by the President of Iceland to be a part of the Advisory Board to the high level conference entitled ‘Arctic Circle‘, which (from their website)

is nonprofit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations and public associations around the world are invited to hold meetings within the Arctic Circle platform to advance their own missions and the broader goal of increasing collaborative decision-making without surrendering their institutional independence.

The Arctic Circle is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic.

The meeting has attracted some very high profile names and organisations. Oskal will be presenting in the plenary session ‘Indigenous Voices in the Arctic”. Follow #ArcticCircle2014 on Twitter for live updates. Download the full programme here.