The Ilulissat Declaration was adopted by the five Arctic nations with borders on the Arctic Ocean (Denmark, Norway, Canada, the Russian. “With the Ilulissat Declaration from May , the coastal States bordering the Arctic Ocean agreed to maintain the Arctic as a low-tension. The outcome was the two-page Ilulissat Declaration. You can download a copy at the Danish Foreign Ministry website: Conference in Ilulissat, Greenland.
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Inthe signing of the Ilulissat Declaration poured cold water on the rhetorical escalation in the wake of the in famous Russian flag planting on the geographical North Pole seabed.
Ten years later, the Arctic states are celebrating the achievement with a 2-day meeting in Ilulissat.
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On the first day, sustainable economic development was on top of the agenda. After a long flight to Ilulissat, the delegations continued to nearby Ilimanaq where they had a smooth beginning in the picturesque surroundings. While already being a small tourist magnet, this is ilulisswt going to boost the interest in sustainable Arctic tourism with respect for both nature and traditional culture even more.
The first gathering of the anniversary took place inside one of the restored buildings. While it is important to celebrate groundbreaking research, it is also important to do an extra effort to disseminate the findings to the decllaration population and include them in Arctic research, Rosing argued.
The Ilulissat Declaration ten years on
This served as an appetizer for the next day when the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation — as agreed at the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks last year — will come into force.
Nuancing the understanding of the Arctic as not just a place that should be preserved but also developed to the benefit of the local citizens, thus, seems to be the underlying logic of initiating the anniversary with a small field trip. Unlike ten years ago, representatives from the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden — who are not signatories to the declaration — are all present in Ilulissat these days.
The same are the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the Saami Council, while the four other Arctic Indigenous organizations — which altogether constitute the six permanent participants of the Arctic Council — did not make use of their invitations.
The extended invitations were, however, not sent to the Arctic Council observers instead. A practical reason for this ililissat the few hotel rooms available in Ilulissat, which — despite its status as the third largest iluoissat in Greenland — have about 4. This ddeclaration also the explanation for why the anniversary takes place five days prior to the date of the signatory; May 28 th. Because on that date, the conference venue was already booked by someone else.
More stakeholders have been invited this year, but the level of those participating is not as high as in This is probably because the anniversary does not bring anything new to the table, but merely reconfirms the shared will to peaceful cooperation and delimitation of the Arctic Ocean seabed.
As frankly stated by several of the organizers when confronted with the question, the political climate between Russia and the rest is not ripe for any such new agreements.
Besides nuancing the perception of the Arctic, promoting tourism, sustainable development and ensure continuous support to the peaceful delimitation of the Arctic Ocean seabed, the anniversary is also a welcoming opportunity for Greenland to position herself as a more autonomous player internationally.
The symbolism of the anniversary taking declaaration in Greenland and the fact that a Naalakkersuisoq is co-hosting only reinforces the decision to prioritize the event. May 23 – The year anniversary of ilhlissat Ilulissat Declaration is celebrated in Greenland this week. On top of the agenda: Geology professor Minik Rosing inside a restored building in Ilimanaq, telling about some of the unique scientific achievements made in the area.
More inclusive invitation — less prominent participants Unlike ten years ago, representatives from the decllaration of Finland, Iceland and Sweden — who are not signatories to the declaration — are all present in Ilulissat these days.
Professor in glaciology Jason Box arriving a restored building in Ilimanaq. Greenland on the world map Besides nuancing the perception of the Arctic, promoting tourism, sustainable development and ensure continuous support to the peaceful delimitation of the Arctic Ocean seabed, the anniversary is also a welcoming opportunity for Greenland to position herself as a more autonomous player internationally.
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