Sverker Sörlin and Thierry Rodon to lead sessions at the second UArctic Congress, September 3-7
August 31st, 2018
UArctic Congress 2018 begins in Oulu, September 3-6 and concludes in Helsinki on September 7. It brings together key UArctic meetings and a science conference into one single gathering. The event is an integral part of Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship program, highlighting the themes and priorities of the Finnish chairmanship, including the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, supporting gender equality, and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
REXSAC researchers will lead sessions on the “Current research on extractive industries and the sustainability in the Arctic” on Thursday 6 September.
“Extractive resource development is becoming more important to Arctic communities. In the past these developments have often resulted in an increase in environmental, social, and economic problems in the region. Increasingly new systems of governance and new forms of relationships between Arctic communities and industry mean that communities have a greater opportunity to use resource development to improve capacity and general well-being. Papers in this session will look at varying aspects of the relationship between extractive resource development and the sustainability of Arctic communities.”
See the session description here.
With the aim to foster contacts and enhance networking, the UArctic Congress brings together institutional leaders, indigenous representatives, academics, scientists and students from around the Circumpolar North and beyond. Together with partners, policy makers, and other actors, the Congress strives to take the Arctic agenda forward by creating and strengthening collaborations that produce new findings and solutions for the future of the Arctic region.