Iceland begins its Arctic Council chairmanship with a focus on observers

From: Nunatsiaq News

The current chair says the ‘meaningful engagement’ of the Arctic Council’s 39 observers is an asset to the region

By Kevin McGwin/Arctic Today

Iceland is seeking to leverage growing interest in the Arctic to improve the living conditions in the region through greater involvement of the organization’s observers.

“There is general agreement that observers should have some kind of meaningful engagement. The trick is how to do that. Iceland,” said Einar Gunnarsson, an Icelandic diplomat currently responsible for directing the work of the Arctic Council. “Iceland is focused on the council’s engagement with observers. But we are talking about two-way engagement.”

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