Last week’s workshop for Permanent Participants resulted in a draft policy paper outlining guiding principles for integrating Traditional Knowledge into the work of the Arctic Council. Backed by the government of Iceland, the workshop took place in the capital of the Arctic State, in the Idno building, a historical downtown restaurant turned conference and cultural center.
The government of Iceland and the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council will host a workshop on traditional knowledge on 17-19 February, 2014.
The venue of the workshop will be the historical Idno building in downtown Reykjavik. Around 30 representatives of the Permanent Participants and the Working Groups of the Arctic Council will take part in event.
The workshop is part of a project going on under the auspices of the SDWG and the Canadian chairmanship of the Arctic Council to promote traditional and local knowledge in the work of the Arctic Council. The Canadian and Icelandic governments as well as the Nordic Council of Ministers support the workshop.
As the workshop specifically focuses on indigenous traditional knowledge, it has been found that the 6 Permanent Participant organizations, who represent Arctic indigenous peoples in the Arctic Council, have a principal role to play in the project and must lead the initial discussion on this issue.
The Arctic is booming. Resource development, shipping and tourism each year attract billions of dollars worth of investments to the region.
However, while Norway, Canada and Russia benefit hugely from this development, Greenland and Denmark is lagging behind in the race for investments.
According to experts, part of the reason for this is low world market prices on the kind of natural resources that Greenland has to offer. Another important reason lies precisely in the political relation between Denmark and Greenland.
According to London-based consultancy firm Polariis, there is a huge risk the development of Greenland will stagnate as Chinese and American investors hesitate while monitoring the political situation and the political debates going on in Greenland and Denmark concerning greater independence of the former Arctic colony.
Last year, shortly after being appointed Premier of Greenland, Aleqa Hammond declared she wanted to die a free woman. A recent brief issued by the Royal Danish Defense Academy now takes a look at her chances of fulfilling that ambition of her lifetime.
The Defense Academy brief focuses on the challenges faced by Greenland on its journey to possible statehood, and offers an answer to the question of whether it will be possible for Greenland to become an independent sovereign nation in its own right.
Aleqa Hammond, the Premier of Greenland, hosted the Annual New Year’s Reception at the Greenland Representation in Copenhagen on Thursday last week. The event gathered hundreds of dignitaries and representatives of the political, cultural and scientific spheres from Greenland as well as the other parts of the Kingdom of Denmark.
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The Arctic Council (AC) is an international forum that promotes co-operation on environmental protection and sustainable development issues in the Arctic. The Council is a unique body because it provides for the full participation of Arctic Indigenous Peoples.
Known as Permanent Participants, representatives of six Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations work side by side with the eight Arctic Member Countries. The Council’s mandate includes incorporating the traditional and cultural needs, values, rights and practices of Arctic Indigenous Peoples in its programmes and policies.
The Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat was established to facilitate and assist the participation of the Arctic Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic Council.