Following the U.S.-Nordic meeting in 2013 in Stockholm where the United States and the Nordic countries committed to joining and implementing the Paris Agreement, further steps have been taken in providing leadership on climate finance and science-based goals to protect the Arctic and its people.
A recent press release from The White House shared a statement of the commitments and on-going work between the United States and Nordic countries, notably to address the environmental challenges facing the Arctic with an ecosystem-based approach, balancing conservation and sustainable use of the environment.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Arctic Council continues to work actively with the U.S. and Nordic countries, reaffirming commitment and focus on the highest global standards, international law, best international practice, scientifically based protection and conservation of areas of ecologically important marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats, and promoting the active involvement of local actors in the Arctic.
A globally unique region that is home to rich biodiversity, numerous habitats and indigenous peoples, the Arctic is also one of the most vulnerable regions to impacts from climate change. By addressing new challenges and opportunities to safeguarding the Arctic environment, the U.S. and Nordic countries and the Arctic Council can align and progress on priorities while deepening the knowledge and understanding of the Arctic, bridging the gap between local science, traditional and local practice.