“First Senior Arctic Officials’ plenary meeting during Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council places emphasis on people and communities”

The Arctic Council posted above–titled press release, which reads in part as follows:

“On 20-21 November 2019, the Arctic Council will gather in Hveragerði, Iceland, for the first Senior Arctic Officials’ plenary meeting during the Chairmanship of Iceland (2019-2021). The meeting will focus on work related to People and Communities of the Arctic. Iceland puts an emphasis on cooperation between all entities of the Council – reflecting the Chairmanship’s overarching theme: Together towards a sustainable Arctic.”

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“The Senior Arctic Officials’ plenary meeting in Hveragerði will bring together representatives from the eight Arctic Statessix Indigenous Permanent Participant organizationssix Working Groups, and the Observers. The two-day meeting will include a special focus on People and Communities of the Arctic, drawing attention to ongoing Arctic Council projects on education, youth engagement, gender equality, health, as well as economic opportunities and further collaboration with the Arctic Economic Council. Across these topics, the Icelandic Chairmanship will emphasize cross-cutting cooperation between all entities of the Council. Thus, the agenda reflects Iceland’s Chairmanship theme: Together towards a sustainable Arctic.”

The “six Working Groups” referenced above are:

Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP),

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP),

Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF),

Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR),

Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), and

Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

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