The Arctic Council: A Forum for Peace and Cooperation

The clouds begin to thin over the Arctic Ocean Aug. 19, 2009. (Credit US Geological Survey)

Over the past twenty years Arctic cooperation has come a long way, from ground-breaking studies and reports to the realization of programs and projects with important concrete outcomes. Continuing our long term efforts to address climate change impacts in the Arctic, we recognize the need for urgent global action based on the 2015 Paris Agreement. Our work aims to improve the well-being of Arctic residents, protect the Arctic environment, and promote sustainable development throughout the region including maintaining the cultural heritage and livelihoods of Arctic indigenous peoples.

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