PostNews published an article titled, “Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation enters into force”. The article reads in part as follows:
The Arctic Council marks a special occasion on 23 May 2018 as the “Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation,” signed in May 2017, enters into force.
In 2013, the Arctic Council announced that it would begin work towards an arrangement on improved scientific research cooperation. At that time, it was not a foregone conclusion that this work would lead to the third binding agreement negotiated under the auspices of the Arctic Council; that step was taken at the ninth Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Iqaluit, Canada in 2015.
During the U.S. Chairmanship of 2015-2017, discussions and negotiations on the developing agreement were co-led by the Russian Federation and the United States, and the final “Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation” was signed by Ministers of the eight Arctic States on 11 May 2017 in Fairbanks, Alaska.