Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network at the Arctic Circle
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During the Arctic Circle 2019 Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network participated in organization of three breakout sessions and participated at two breakout sessions.
LEADERSHIP, ARCTIC GENDER EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
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Saturday, October 12th 2019, 11:30-12:30
Organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network; Icelandic Directorate of Equality, Centre for Arctic Policy and Security, University of Akureyri
Moderator: Stefán Skjaldarson, Chair, Sustainable Development Working Group, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland
- Sara Olsvig, Head of Programme, Greenland at UNICEF Denmark
- Hjalti Ómar Ágústsson, Project Coordinator, Gender Equality in the Arctic Phase III, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network
- Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of Arctic and Environmental Unit, Saami Council
- Eva Maria-Svensson, Deputy Head, Department of Law, Gothenburg University
- Anastasia Ulturgasheva, Researcher, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, Stefansson Arctic Institute
- Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland
CHANGING FRESHWATER RESOURCES: SOCIAL, ETHICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS
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Friday, October 11th 2019, 18:20-19:30
Organized by Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network; Icelandic Meteorological Office; Marine & Freshwater Institute; University of Akureyri; and Rif Research Station, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson, Glaciologist, Icelandic Meteorological Office
- Jón S. Ólafsson, Senior Scientist, Marine & Freshwater Research Institute "State of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity"
- Jónína Sigríður Þorláksdóttir, Station Manager, Rif Field Station "Freshwater monitoring at the edge of the Arctic – the case of Rif Field Station"
- Jill R. Welter, PhD., Program Coordinator and Instructor, Masters Program in Climate Change and Global Sustainability ,School for International Training, Graduate Institute, University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland "Nutrient Transport and Cycling in Arctic Freshwaters: Potential Trajectories and Implications for Food Webs"
- Skúli Skúlason, Professor, Hólar University College "The value of biodiversity in northern freshwaters: implications for society and ethics of nature"
- Þorvarður Árnason, Director, University of Iceland´s Research Centre in Hornafjörður "Picturing the Climate Crisis: 3D visualizations of glacier recession as a vehicle for environmental communication"
- Victoria Rose Buschman, CAFF; University of Washington: "Indigenous connections to changing freshwater resources"
- Dr. Halldór Björnsson, Climatologist, will summarize results presented in this session and in the foregoing session Arctic Glaciers: Recent Mass Loss and Contributions to Global Sea-Level Rise, and lead a general discussion
SAFETY AT SEA IN THE ARCTIC
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Saturday, October 12th 2019, 17:30-19:00
Organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network
Þórunn J. Hafstein, Secretary General of the National Security Council, Iceland Prime Minister's Office
- Sverrir Konráðsson, Maritime Specialist - Legal Coordination and Translations, Coordination and Facilitation Division, Icelandic Transport Authority "Enhancing Maritime Safety in the Arctic to Save Lives"
- CDRE Ásgrímur L. Ásgrímsson, Chief of Operations, Icelandic Coast Guard "Icelandic Coast Guard and Safety at Sea in the Entrance to the Arctic"
- Jens Peter Holst-Andersen, Chair, Arctic Council Working Group on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR), Arctic Council, Danish Ministry of Defence "Emergencies – Prevention, Preparedness and Response"
- Soffía Guðmundsdóttir, Executive Secretary, Arctic Council Working Gtoup on the Protection of Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)
- Eydís Líndal Finnbogadóttir, Acting Director General National Land Survey of Iceland "Enabling Access to Arctic spatial data - Arctic SDI cooperation"
On Friday, October 11th 2019 at 17:00 – 18:30 a breakout session titled ARCTIC GLACIERS AND ICE CAPS: RECENT LOSS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL SEA-LEVEL RISE took place in Kaldalón, Harpa Ground level.
Along with IACN this breakout session was organized by the Icelandic Meteorological Office and International Science Committee (IASC). The moderator of this session was Þorsteinn Þorsteinsonn, glaciologist, Icelandic Meteorologic Office.
- Paul Morin, Director of Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota: ArcticDEM had a presentation on How the Arctic Leads the Way in Understanding Topographic Change
- Martin Sharp, Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta, Canada had a presentation about Recent Glacier Mass Loss in Arctic Canada and its Drivers
- Barbara Barzycka, PhD candidate, Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia, Poland talked on Melting and Crumbling Arctic – Example of Svalbard’s Glacier
- René Forsberg, Professor, Geodynamics group, DTU-Space, Denmark had a presentation about Current Challenges of the Greenland Ice Sheet as seen from Space and Airborne Campaigns
- Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir, Professor, University of Iceland talked on Mass Balance of Icelandic Glaciers in the Past and Future Projection
On Saturday, October 12th at 16:30 – 17:30 a breakout session ART & THE CREATIVE SECTOR: AMPLIFYING THE WORK OF THE ARCTIC COUNCIL took place Sæbjörg ICE-SAR Training Vessel. This breakout session was organized by Anchorage Museum.
- Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network talked on The Lessons and Importance of Arctic Cooperation from a Cross-Sector Perspective. Can the Arctic Council Benefit from Broader Perspectives on Arctic Futures?
- Bruce Farnsworth, Founding member of Track & Field, Co-Lead Artist, 8Boxes Project talked on A Global Overview of Important Examples of Partnerships Between Artists and a Variety of International Organizations as well as Scientific and Policy Initiatives
- Bodil Kjelstrup, Curator, Anchorage Museum and Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum had a presentation about What are we Learning about Art as an Instrument of Circumpolar Change and Innovation? The Accumulating Experience of the SEED Lab Experiment
- Shyanne Chulyin Ch'ivaya Beatty, Alaska Native Heritage Center talked on Art and Culture at the Heart of Pan-Arctic Planning and Engagement
- John Hirst, Co-Lead Artist, 8Boxes Project had a presentation on How the 8Boxes Project Provides a Pan-Arctic Opportunity to Connect Northern Artists with the Work of the Arctic Council and its Sub-Bodies to Enhance its Mission
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Gender Equality in the Arctic. Akureyri, Iceland. 30-31 October 2014
Conference in Akureyri, Iceland
The conference on Gender Equality in the Arctic will broadly focus on the living condition of women and men throughout the Circumpolar North, addressing key issues such as access to and control over resources, representation in decision-making positions, political participation, regional development, human security, and material and cultural well-being. The purpose is to promote extensive, policy-relevant dialogue on gender equality issues in terms of current realities and future challenges and in the context of climatic and environmental changes and economic and social development.
There is an inherent gender imbalance in the on-going policy discussions and decision making about the Arctic, as women are underrepresented in Arctic governing bodies, administration, business and science. The geopolitical and global economic significance of the Arctic region is growing, inter alia a consequence of climate change, accelerated resource development and prospects for trans-arctic shipping. Although generalisations should be avoided, given the cultural and social diversity of the North, economic development throughout much of the region seems to be affecting men and women differently. It is a cause for concern that future development in the North may for the most part focus on traditional male sectors such as oil and gas, mining, shipping and tertiary industrial development. Disproportionate out-migration of adult females characterises many rural areas of the Arctic, primary as a result of diminishing employment and lack of education opportunities for women. The resulting sex-ratio imbalance negatively affects the resilience and development of Arctic communities, many of which are seeing very high death rate for males, especially from external causes.
This conference will bring together government representatives, policy makers, academics and a wide range of other stakeholders such as from the business community, resource managers and users, community leaders and NGO representatives. Together with a comprehensive follow-up report, the conference will lay the foundation for a cooperation network of the various stakeholders researching, teaching and discussing and promoting gender equality in the Arctic.
The main organizers of the conference are the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Icelandic Centre for Gender Equality, the Stefansson Arctic Institute and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Faroe Islands and the Arctic Council.
The conference has also received invaluable support and expertize from members of its scoping committe, including: Dr. Gail Fondahl, University of Northern British Columbia, Assistant Professor Erika Hayfield, University of the Faroe Islands, Assistant Professor Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir, Bifrost University, Assistant Professor Anna Karlsdóttir, University of Iceland, Ph.D. Student Liza Mack, Aleut International Organization, Dr. Päivi Naskali, University of Lapland, Senior Adviser Lise Östby, Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Families, Director Kristinn Schram, Centre for Arctic Policy Studies of the University of Iceland.
The conference is sponsored by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, the Icelandic Government’s Equality Action Fund, the Foreign Ministry of Sweden, the Nordic Cooperation Committee and the Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality (MR-JÄM).
The conference will take place at Hof Cultural and Conference Center in the heart of Akureyri.