Monday the 23rd of January, Arctic Frontiers once again kicks off in Tromsø. Since its inception eleven years ago, it has developed into one of the largest international meeting points for discussions on Arctic affairs.
Each year Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende joins a long list of high level international speakers and participants to make Arctic Frontiers a central arena for dialogue on policy issues and research in the Arctic. Among the high-profiled participants are several South Korean researchers and officials, such as representatives from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) and Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI). This year, Minister for EEA and EU Frank Bakke-Jensen will launch Norway’s presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers are a kick-off event at Arctic Frontiers.
South Korea has since 2012 been one of the observer states of the Arctic Council, and takes a keen interest in Arctic matters and research. This interest has been exemplified in events such as Arctic Partnership Week, held in Busan this past December, where the Norwegian Embassy in Seoul participated by hosting a session on Norwegian-Korean cooperation in the Arctic along with KOPRI.
Over the next three years Arctic Frontiers will have “oceans” as its theme. This year’s conference bears the title “White Space – Blue Future”. Among the issues to be discussed are climate and environment, sustainable business, the green shift and new technology, business centered research, management of marine resources, development and business in the Arctic, as well as political cooperation in the Arctic.
The High Level policy segment pf Arctic Frontiers takes place from the 23rd until the 24th of January, while the conference itself will go on until the 27th, and coincides with both the Tromsø Film Festival and the 2017 Northern Lights Festival.