Alaska Public Media published an article titled, “Preparations underway for Arctic Council ministerial, related events.” The article reads in part as follows;
“A U.S. State Department official said planning is well under way for the big, biennial meeting of top diplomats from the eight Arctic Council member nations to be held this spring in Fairbanks.
‘We have an advance team of 40 individuals who are up with us – to give you an idea of how much commitment and how much work goes into planning a meeting with these many moving parts’, Ann Meceda, a State Department Arctic affairs officer, said.
Meceda told the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce this week that the advance team handles the logistics of preparing for a high-profile meeting like the Arctic Council’s ministerial – now known as the Fairbanks ministerial.
‘So they come and look at the locations and preparations in advance of a meeting like the Fairbanks ministerial’, Meceda said. ‘So this will be the ministerial at the end of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council’.
Larry Hinzman, vice chancellor for research at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, told the chamber audience that local and statewide organizers also are working on preparations for a weeklong series of events called the Week of the Arctic, to be held May 8-14, in conjunction with the ministerial.”