Finland announces program for Arctic Council chairmanship period
The governments of Finland has presented its program for its forthcoming period as chair of the Arctic Council, which begins later this month. Education is one of the priority focus areas of the program, UArctic is pleased to support this in particular through the activities of the Thematic Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education.
In addition to education, Finland's other priorities in its program are environmental protection, connectivity, and meteorological cooperation.
Finland builds the 2017–2019 Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on strong Arctic traditions and expertise. International Arctic cooperation at the governmental level started at the first-ever Arctic ministerial meeting in Rovaniemi, in 1991. This meeting adopted the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy, which in turn led to the creation of the Arctic Council in 1996.
Over its first twenty years the Arctic Council has evolved into a recognized international forum. The active involvement of indigenous peoples’ organizations and a deep-rooted connection with the scientific community makes it unique. As the Chair of the Arctic Council, Finland aims to further strengthen Arctic cooperation by looking into the possibility of setting commonly agreed long-term goals. In favorable international conditions, Finland is prepared to host an Arctic Summit to facilitate this process.