The Arctic Council convened in Rovaniemi from 31 October to 2 November. This was the third meeting during Finland Arctic Chairmanship. The main themes on the meeting agenda were Arctic biodiversity, preparation for the Ministerial Meeting to be held in May 2019, and the Arctic Council's black carbon work. The meeting was attended by representatives of the eight Arctic States and the six Arctic indigenous organisations, together with observes from both Europe and Asia, and international organisations.
Arctic Advisory Board
The Arctic Advisory Board brings together the key Finnish stakeholders involved in activities in the Arctic. The mandate of the Advisory Board is to support and strengthen Finland’s Arctic policy and advance the achievement of its objectives.
The sectors where Finland has specialised Arctic expertise include environmental technology, shipping, sustainable tourism, telecommunications, meteorology and transport systems.
Arctic cooperation takes place on various levels. A key body in Arctic cooperation in Finland is the Arctic Advisory Board appointed by the Prime Minister’s Office, which brings together the main Finnish actors in the Arctic affairs.
Finland to chair the Arctic Council
Finland will hold the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2017–19.