10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting
May 10-11, 2017
Fairbanks, Alaska – USA
On May 11, the United States hosted the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Minister-level representatives from the eight Arctic States convened to review and approve work completed under the two-year U.S. Chairmanship to improve sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. The Arctic States were joined by delegations from the Council's indigenous Permanent Participant organizations and observers. At the conclusion of the meeting, the U.S. transferred the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council to Finland.
The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues. The last Arctic Council Ministerial took place in Iqaluit, Canada on April 24, 2015.
- For an overview of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, please visit http://www.state.gov/e/oes/ocns/opa/arc/uschair/.
- For a map of the geographic area covered by the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation, please visit http://www.state.gov/e/oes/ocns/opa/arc/278907.htm.
- For an overview of the Arctic Council’s history, composition and work, including additional editorial resources, please visit www.arctic-council.org/about-us. Past imagery is available free for press use at: http://bit.ly/2nGiLJo.
05/11/17 Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation [ PDF version ]
05/11/17 Fairbanks Declaration 2017: On the Occasion of the Tenth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council [ PDF version ]
05/10/17 The Arctic Council: Fostering Cooperation, Preservation, and Prosperity in the Far North; Deputy Assistant Secretary David A. Balton, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; DipNote Blog
05/08/17 Briefing on the Arctic Council Ministerial; Deputy Assistant Secretary David A. Balton, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; Via Teleconference