EPRC’s Heidi Vironen represented the University of Strathclyde at the annual UArctic Assembly meeting on 1-3 June 2022 in Portland, Maine, US. The UArctic Assembly meeting gathered around 130 participants from over 75 organisations across the Arctic, near Arctic and Arctic-minded countries. This was the first physical Assembly meeting for the University of Strathclyde, which became a UArctic member in 2021. This was also a particularly relevant gathering for EPRC, given the centre’s long-lasting policy research on the Nordic and Arctic local and regional development issues.
Whilst a large part of the Assembly meeting was concerned with governance issues (e.g. elections of the UArctic Board and other bodies, approval of the annual reports etc.), it also welcomed new members and covered issues related to the Thematic Networks. The panel session on “the New Future for the Arctic” was particularly topical. At this session, selected policy makers and academics discussed the geopolitical change caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, fossil fuels and rare minerals and the collaborative spirit of the Arctic community. The Assembly meeting was also very much concerned with the need to establish a genuine engagement with the indigenous peoples, including the indigenous youth.
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