Arctic Lessons: A COP21 Side Event

Arctic Lessons: A COP21 Side Event

Climate change is happening faster and is affecting people's lives more severely in the Arctic region than in most other places on Earth. At COP21, we're providing policy makers with up to date knowledge on the implications of climate change.

The Nordic universities have a long history of combining knowledge on Arctic climate science, technology and diplomacy. How may the Nordic states use this experience to promote future global climate science, global climate diplomacy and regulation, and attention to indigenous peoples?

UiT is proud to host this UNFCCC COP21 Side Event, together with our Nordic partners from Aarhus University, Umeå University, Univesity of Iceland and University of Lapland.

The event takes place at the COP21 venue, Observer Room 03, Saturday, December 5th, 15.00-16.30.


Anne Husebekk

Anne Husebekk
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Opening and introduction:
The Arctic is resourceful and fragile – treasure it
Rasmus Bertelsen

Rasmus G. Bertelsen
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Berit Kristoffersen

Berit Kristoffersen
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Pecha Kucha presentation:
Arctic states cannot exploit all new economic opportunities
Cécilie Pelaudeix

Cécile Pelaudeix
Aarhus University

Pecha Kucha presentation:
Governance of fossil fuels in the Arctic needs inclusive management and trust-based contracts
peter skold

Peter Sköld
University of Umeå

Pecha Kucha presentation:
Climate change is a serious challenge to reindeer herding, Sami culture and Sami health

Ilona Mettiäinen
University of Lapland

Pecha Kucha presentation:
Regional and local level action plans are crucial for adaptation to climate change in the Arctic
Brynhildur Davidsdottir

Brynhildur Davidsdóttir
University of Iceland

Pecha Kucha presentation:
Responsible development of resources in the Arctic is key to blue and green growth


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Arctic science

The event aims to contribute to decision making for climate change in the Arctic region. A special focus is given to research results from the social sciences. The event addresses how the five Nordic countries contribute to global climate diplomacy, regulation, mitigation and adaptation through Arctic science. The event will also shed light on how climate change affects the indigenous population in the Arctic region.

The universities

The co-organizing universities are among the most central Nordic universities for creating knowledge about the Nordic Arctic and the Circumpolar Arctic regions. This international and multidisciplinary collaboration for Arctic research, development, teaching, and innovation emphasizes the impact of climate science on high-level decision making.

The Nordic countries

The Nordic countries cover culturally, naturally and socially important parts of the Arctic, both the West-Nordic societies with close cultural, environmental and social connections to North America, and the East-Nordic societies with connections to North-West Russia.

The Nordic countries are all relatively small, Arctic states. They are highly developed states, with a strong tradition for contributing to international cooperation within the United Nations system and to development, environment and human rights questions.

Research based presentations will show how this experience may contribute to decision making in a global context.

Kan vi stole på klimaforskerne?

Klimaforskere er ikke i tvil: Våre utslipp av klimagasser bidrar til klimaendringer på Jorda. Men mange nordmenn tviler på denne konklusjonen. Har de noen grunn til det? Les reportasjen om klimaforskerne her.

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Last updated: 16.12.2021 08:24