Arctic Today published an article titled, “Arctic Council sells itself as a model for international cooperation at the UN”. The article reads in part as follows:
For the first time since its formation in 1996, the Arctic Council presented its work at the UN’s annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, held last week in New York, setting itself as a global example of how states, indigenous peoples and the scientific community can work together to shape policies.
Pekka Shemeikka, chair of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group said that the challenge for sustainable development is basically very much the same in the Arctic and elsewhere in the world, which is to secure economic development and ensure environmental and social resilience at the same time.
“I don’t think the Arctic Council can provide miracles, yet hopefully inspirations,” Shemeikka said.