Summary of 2013 Arctic Futures Symposium : A Holistic Approach to a Sustainable Arctic

by Magdalena Muir, EUCC Advisory Board member

The annual Arctic Futures Symposium was established in 2010 and has become an important venue  in Europe for promoting  dialogue between Arctic stakeholders, and the engaging Arctic residents and stakeholders and the broader European community. The Arctic Futures Symposium provides members of the EuropeaniInstitutions and the wider international community in Brussels with the opportunity to engage with Arctic stakeholders on issues such as marine transport and infrastructure, search and rescue capabilities, concerns of Arctic indigenous communities, scientific research and monitoring, ecosystem stewardship, and the sustainable development of the Arctic’s natural resources and economic potential.

The most recent meeting Arctic Futures Symposium occurred on October 16 and 17, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The programme was entitled A Holistic Approach to a Sustainable Arctic, and  is available here

Highlights of the 2013 Symposium included:

– David Sproule, Canadian Ambassador to Norway on priorities of the Canadian Chair of the Arctic Council from 2013 to 2015

-Perspectives of Arctic regions and stakeholders and challenges for Arctic residents

-How to develop the Arctic’ resources and economies sustainably

Arctic shipping up to 2050: vision, emerging issues and local involvement

Further information and symposiums proceedings will be made available here