Tuesday, 26 June 2012 11:18

Arctic Parliamentarians and scholars in Nuuk

Premier Kleist adressing the SCPAR members Premier Kleist adressing the SCPAR members IPS

The Artic Council Should become a fully fledged international organization based on a treaty among the 8 Arctic states to enable it to make more legally binding agreements in the future. The inclusion of the Permanent Participants should be secured, financially and otherwise, and not only on the level of consultation, but also in the decision making process.

This is what it says in a draft paper on Arctic governance prepared by the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR). The draft paper was presented by Member of Danish Parliament for Greenland Sara Olsvig at the recent meeting of SCPAR in Nuuk. At the meeting, it was decided to circulate the draft paper to interested parties for their consideration and then aim at having it adopted at the next meeting of SCPAR in September.


The early June meeting in the capital of Greenland comprised members of the parliaments of the 5 Nordic Countries and Russia as well as a number of observers. Greenland Government Premier Kuupik Kleist, Speaker of the Greenland Parliament Josef Motzfeldt and ICC Greenland Chair Carl Chr. Olsen were on the list of prominent guests at the meeting.


Carl Chr. Olsen                                                                                           IPS

In his address to the Arctic Parliamentarians, Premier Kleist informed about the resource extraction situation in Greenland as well as the developing foreign relations between the Greenland Government and mighty players on the international scene like the EU and USA.


Banquet at Hans Egede's House                                                                  IPS

The agenda also included an excursion to a coast guard vessel on board which the Arctic parliamentarians were treated to a search and rescue drill as well as lunch.





A joint meeting was set up between the Arctic parliamentarians and another group gathering in Nuuk in the same period, i.e., the board of the University of the Arctic (UArctic). The joint event included a visit to the University of Greenland and the Institute of Natural Resources, and culminated in a roundtable debate on, e.g., climate change and resource extraction.




In the same period as the parliamentarian and UArctic groups visited Nuuk, so did a delegation from EU headed by Commissioner Maria Damanaki. Ms. Damanaki had come to Nuuk to seal an agreement on next year’s fishery licenses for European fishermen off the coasts of Greenland.


Next year’s fishing agreement has been regulated much in Greenland’s favor, however, when it comes to sealing, for EU it remains no sealing, and the same goes for whaling, Ms. Damanaki told the local press.


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