Arctic Circle Assembly to meet in Iceland –

Arctic Circle Assembly to meet in Iceland Published:  14 August, 2013

The World Ocean Council (WOC) has been invited by President Grimsson and the organizers of the Arctic Circle to strengthen the business community’s involvement in the inaugural Arctic Circle Assembly (Reykjavik, 12-14 October).

The Arctic Circle is a new non-profit organisation and open forum designed to encourage dialogue and build relationships to confront the Arctic’s greatest challenges.

Participants include political and business leaders, environmental experts, representatives of indigenous groups, policy and thought leaders, scientists, and others who have a stake and an interest in the region.

President Grimsson said: “The role of the private sector is critical to the future of the Arctic and the Arctic Circle is pleased to have the World Ocean Council working to engage the diverse global business community.”

Alice Rogoff, chairwoman of the Arctic Circle board and founder of the Alaska Dispatch and the Arctic Imperative Summit, added: “We welcome WOC efforts to ensure the business community is part of the conversation.”

Business and industry representatives are encouraged to contact the WOC with their interest in:

participating in the Arctic Circle Assembly, especially the Arctic Business Leadership sessions,

engaging in development of the format and content of the Arctic Circle business sessions, and

helping ensure that key messages from the Arctic business community are brought forward to key stakeholders in the overall Arctic Circle, including decision-makers.

The Arctic Circle business sessions will use WOC’s ongoing program to develop a circumpolar, multi-industry leadership forum on responsible Arctic use.

WOC efforts to date include the initial WOC meeting of Arctic industry representatives to explore creating an “Arctic Business Leadership Council” (Reykjavik, 16 September, 2012; view report).

This was followed by the Arctic Council’s first ever “Informal Business Dialogue” (Reykjavik, 17 September 2013), organized by the WOC and Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).