Arctic Council

The leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic.

Who we are
"Northern World", painted by Ted Harrison for the inaguration of the Arctic Council in 1996.

Featured

Who we are

Expert groups and task forces carry out additional work.

Where we focus

How we work

Credit: Freepik/Flaticon
Agreements and cooperation

The establishment of the Arctic Council was considered an important milestone enhancing cooperation in the circumpolar North. In the Ottawa Declaration, the eight Arctic States established the Council as a high-level forum to provide means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States – including the full consultation and full involvement of Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants.

Credit: Freepik/flaticon
Data and knowledge

At any given time the Council’s subsidiary bodies – the Working and Expert Groups – are engaged in close to 100 projects and initiatives.

Arctic monitoring. Icon: Freepik/Flaticon
Monitoring

As the Arctic continues to experience a period of intense and accelerating change it has become increasingly important to have better information on the status and trends of the Arctic environment.

Credit: Freepik/Flaticon
Assessments

Through the ever-growing body of assessments produced by its six Working Groups, the Arctic Council serves as knowledge broker and global advocate for Arctic topics. The Working Groups’ assessments have been instrumental in bringing Arctic issues to a global arena through policy recommendations and international cooperation.

Credit: Freepik/Flaticon
Recommendations

The strong knowledge base produced by the Arctic Council’s Working Groups and other subsidiary bodies feeds into recommendations for informed decision-making.

Recent news and stories

The Arctic Council celebrates 25 years of Arctic cooperation

The world’s leading international forum for Arctic cooperation reflects on the unique collaboration among Arctic States and Arctic Indigenous Peoples, and looks forward t...
16 Sep 2021

Interview with Louis Crishock, the United States' Senior Arctic Official

Louis Crishock has over 20 years of experience with the U.S. Foreign Service and was most recently posted in Russia. However, his time serving in the Eastern Caribbean ha...
14 Sep 2021

Interview with Pétur Ásgeirsson, Iceland‘s Senior Arctic Official

Pétur Ásgeirsson has worked for the Icelandic government for nearly 30 years and is no stranger to the Arctic. From his time working in Greenland as a diplomat to his boa...
09 Sep 2021
See all

Events

September
October
05 Oct-07 Oct 2021
SDWG Plenary Online
07 Oct-08 Oct 2021
PAME Plenary Online
14 Oct-16 Oct 2021
Arctic Circle Assembly Reykjavik, Iceland
27 Oct-28 Oct 2021
EGBCM Meeting Online
See all
@arcticcouncil
  • .@GwichinCouncil (GCI) was admitted as a Permanent Participant of the Arctic Council in 2000. GCI represents 9,000+ Gwich'in in Alaska & Canada. GCI has particular interest in the environment & sustainable development to support resilient & healthy communities. #ArcticCouncil25 https://t.co/Fv8BYRfUe0 September 16 5:10 pm