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Arctic Centre, University of Lapland


The Arctic Centre is an international, multidisciplinary, and multicultural institute of top quality research and provides science centre exhibitions and an communication service with a focus on the Arctic. The Centre is Finland’s national institute for Arctic expertise, committed to research to better understand the natural and social environment of the Arctic with all its forms of life. Research is currently implemented by three groups led by five research professors: the Global Change Group, the Sustainable Development Group, and the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law. The Arctic Centre maintains its status as an expert on Arctic research policy issues and conducts close dialogue with Finnish ministries and local administration in Lapland that are working for the Arctic Council, Barents Euro-Arctic Council, and the EU Northern Dimension Policy. The Arctic Centre is active within international Arctic cooperation bodies such as the International Arctic Science Committee, Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and the University of the Arctic.

Arctic Circle


The Arctic Circle is nonprofit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations and public associations around the world are invited to hold meetings within the Arctic Circle platform to advance their own missions and the broader goal of increasing collaborative decision-making without surrendering their institutional independence. The Arctic Circle is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. Participating organizations will maintain their full institutional independence, identity and decision-making abilities. To this end, the Arctic Circle aims to create opportunities for everyone to attend different meetings, conduct their own networking and engage in one-on-one informal discussions. Organizations will be able to decide their own agendas and convene their own meetings.

Embassy of Canada, Germany


The Embassy of Canada coordinates and contributes to the management of Canada-Germany bilateral relations, as well as the two countries wide-ranging cooperation on regional and global issues. The Embassy's engagement on the Arctic is based on Canada's Northern Strategy and Arctic Foreign Policy. With the support of other government department with Arctic mandates, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Canada works to set out a vision for Canada’s actions in the Arctic that is based on cooperation with Northern governments and peoples and our circumpolar neighbors.

International Union for Conservation of Nature


IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - with more than 1,200 members and nearly 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s mission is to influence, encourage, and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO, and private sectors around the world. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland.

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung


The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation. In Germany, 16 regional offices and two conference centers offer a wide variety of civic education conferences and events. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. We are proud to bear the name of Konrad Adenauer. The first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany's name and principles are our guidelines, duty, and obligation. At home as well as abroad, our civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. We focus on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe, and the strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as on development cooperation.

World Policy Institute
As a center for global thought leadership, the World Policy Institute focuses on addressing the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected world through innovative thinking and a diversity of ideas. World Policy Journal, fellows, events, and policy projects provide channels for experts, thought leaders, and decision makers to identify, debate, and develop constructive solutions. One of the Institute's current core projects centers on the Arctic, which has become an increasingly important region of the world. Actions outside the immediate control of the Arctic dramtically shape its future on challenges including governance, climate change, water, biodiversity, indigenous peoples, commercial development, shipping, natural resources, and security. The region's future depends on a better global understanding of the consequences of decisions made outside of as well as within the region.
WWF Global Arctic Programme


WWF’s Global Arctic Programme has operated a programme focused on the circumpolar world since 1992. We have an office in every Arctic country except Iceland. WWF’s international office, headquartered in Canada and with an office in Oslo, coordinates WWF’s Arctic work. WWF works through offices in six Arctic countries, with experts in circumpolar issues like governance, climate change, fisheries, oil and gas, and polar bears. WWF is the only circumpolar environmental NGO present at the Arctic Council, where it holds observer status, allowing access to discussions between the Arctic states and the indigenous peoples of the region.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the WWF Global Arctic Programme.