Date: September 29, 2018

One-day seminar of the working group on protection of the Arctic marine environment (PAME) of the Arctic Council will be held September 29, 2018, Vladivostok, which is chaired by the Senior Fellow of the Institute of the North Jim Gamble, Anchorage, Alaska.


The aim of the workshop will be to promote dialogue on the problems of marine pollution with plastic waste, emphasizing the role of the Russian Arctic communities of indigenous peoples and recognizing that an important and indisputable problem of marine waste can be solved through joint efforts of governments of different countries.


In addition, representatives of indigenous communities and participants in the workshop will be able to attend part of the PAME meeting, especially the working session on marine debris organized by the Arctic Council, and contribute to the development of the regional strategy on marine debris, which the Arctic Council plans to launch in 2019.


 More information about the seminar here.

Parlamentarians of the Arctic Region


Dates: September 16-19, 2018

The upcoming Arctic Parliamentary conference in Inari, September 16th to 19th, where major topics to discuss going to be the ways they could support the people of the Arctic and how the negative effects of the climate change could be addressed. The aim is to decide what goals the parliamentarians will set for their work for the upcoming two year period.


This is a biennial conference for parliamentarians representing the eight Arctic countries and the European Parliament. The first Parliamentary Conference concerning Arctic cooperation was held in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1993. The first Parliamentary Conference concerning Arctic cooperation was held in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1993.


More information about the conference can be found here.


December 7-8, 2018

Arctic Circle Forum in Seoul, Korea

Asia Meets the Arctic:
Science, Connectivity and Partnership

Photo by Carkbs [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Together with the Korea Maritime Institute, the Korea Polar Research Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, the Arctic Circle will co-host a Forum December 7-8 in Seoul, Korea. Held under the title "Asia Meets the Arctic: Science, Connectivity and Partnership," the Forum will take place at the Lotte Hotel Seoul. 

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a guided study visit to the Korea Polar Research Institute. The Forum will be held just prior to Arctic Partnership Week in Busan (December 10-14), which participants will be able to attend as well.

Program news and registration information will be published in August.

Kind regards,

The Arctic Circle Secretariat



In order to strengthen and to expand an interaction between regions to all aspects of social and economic development of the North and the Arctic, to ensure the contribution to global international cooperation, the Northern Forum is commencing the Call for Projects for all its members (see Terms and Conditions here). The Projects must comply with directions of the NF Working Groups, listed below, have a significant socioeconomic effect from their implementation and a stable co-financing. 

The NF Resolution #177 “On project activities of the Northern Forum” approved the operational structure of the Northern Forum and established 10 Working Groups:

  • Education and Research;
  • Culture;
  • Business Cooperation in the North;
  • Environment and Conservation of Biodiversity;
  • Regional Adaptation to Climate Change;
  • Development of Energy in the North;
  • Assessment of Quality of Life in the Arctic Regions;
  • Transportation in the North;
  • Health in the North and Social Issues;
  • Housing in the Arctic.