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“Together towards a sustainable Arctic”: An Earth Day Dialogue with Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Chair of the Arctic Council, H.E. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson

This event will be hosted externally by the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center.

Date & Time

Thursday
Apr. 22, 2021
1:00pm – 2:30pm ET

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https://www.belfercenter.org/event/together-towards-sustainable-arctic-earth-day-dialogue-icelands-minister-foreign-affairs-and

“Together towards a sustainable Arctic”: An Earth Day Dialogue with Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Chair of the Arctic Council, H.E. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson

The future of the Arctic is critical not only for its four million inhabitants and the unique ecosystems found in this northernmost region of Earth. A sustainable Arctic is key for global stability. Physical changes in the Arctic have globally significant climatic, environmental and geopolitical implications, and successful collaboration through the Arctic Council has kept the Arctic peaceful and stable since its establishment twenty-five years ago.

Join the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Polar Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for an engaging Earth Day dialogue with Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, about  Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and what’s next. As Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council comes to a close, we will look back on the progress made in the past two years during the Icelandic Chairmanship to advance Arctic sustainability and science collaboration, and we will look forward to what’s next for the Arctic Council as we continue to see the region transform due to a rapidly changing climate.


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Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more