The Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference (14.-16. November) focuses on combining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the Arctic.
As the chair of the Arctic Council, Finland aims to enhance connections between the Arctic Council and the core policies of the United Nations, particularly in the fields of sustainable development goals and the climate change agenda.
Conference starts by connecting the SDG’s and the Arctic by high-level speeches and panels on the role of economic development and the role of Arctic science. A panel of active young Arctic people wraps the talks up. On the next day, we focus on People in the Arctic by themes such as indigenous peoples and the media, the role of Arctic cities, well-being among young people, different modes of land use, bio-economy and education.
The event is held only a few weeks before Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence and this makes us focus also on the Arctic identity.
Located at the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is the town where international Arctic cooperation on state level took its first steps. The so-called “Rovaniemi process” with the first-ever Arctic ministerial meeting in 1991 formed the structures of the current Arctic Council. The biannual Conference series builds on that tradition.
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