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October 27, 2014, 15:48

The Trans-Arctic Agenda – October 28 and 29 in Reykjavík

The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) at the University of Iceland is hosting a conference on Arctic issues on October 28 and 29 at the Center Hotel Plaza in Reykjavík.

The conference is titled The Trans-Arctic Agenda: Challenges of Sustainability, Cooperation and Governance. This is the second year that the Trans-Arctic Agenda conference is held in Reykjavík. The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies was launched at the conference in 2013. This year the focus will be on recent developments concerning the governance and management of the Arctic region.

H.E. Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland, and Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, the Rector of the University of Iceland, will open the conference.

The background to the conference lies in the rapid changes that climate change and increased international attention is bringing to the circumpolar region. These changes offer new opportunities for resource exploitation, human settlement and travel, but will also disrupt the present natural conditions and living environment for all concerned in the High North. Prudent, cooperative and sustainable handling of the challenges involved will be crucial for gleaning as much as possible from the positive effects of change while minimizing the potential damage.

Further information can be found on the website of The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies.