Arctic Circle – October 15

Arctic Circle conference’s last day, Sunday, October 15, offered breakout sessions from the early morning followed by speeches in the plenary, and a short afternoon program with nine sessions and a last round of speeches in the plenary.

One of the morning sessions was about Arctic strategies on a local level, where the local representatives from Norway, USA, Greenland and Iceland were in the panel. There were three representatives from ’The Arctic Mayors Forum’: Ida Pinnerød, Mayor of Bodø, Norway; Asii Chemnitz Narup, Mayor of Sermersooq, Greenland and Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson, Mayor of Akureyri, Iceland.

The three mayors placed all the emphasis on the fact that, as mayors, they can make a real difference in the cities. They possess a knowledge of what is happening, which the governments are unaware of, as they feel closer to the people, and the local stakeholders who can contribute to creating development and a difference. Asii Chemnitz Narup recommended in her speech that everyone should take action.

Additionally, the conference’s last day had an array of speeches, which dealt with topics like biodiversity, Arctic shipping routes, food safety and climate change.