2016 Arctic Circle Québec Forum

December 11 – 13, 2016 | Québec City

Organized by: Arctic Circle and the Government of Québec

Pan-Arctic Options Participant: Paul Berkman


Together with the Government of Québec, the Arctic Circle will convene its next forum titled “Sustainable Development in Northern Regions: an Integrated and Partnership-based Approach” in Québec City.

The Forum will be opened by Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle and former President of Iceland (1996-2016), and Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec. Discussions will focus on the sustainable development of northern regions, including Alaska, Greenland as well as northern areas of Norway and Sweden. Québec will present its own approach as implemented in the Plan Nord, and will ask other key players to share their experience and expertise in this area.

The event will apply a comparative and interactive approach, and will give speakers and participants an opportunity to help disseminate knowledge and good practices while promoting the sustainable development of the Arctic and northern regions in general.

Session topics will include regional planning and governance, investment and socio-economic development. Also, a special session dealing with the impacts of climate change in the Nordic and Arctic regions will be held.

Among the speakers and participants will be ministers and lawmakers, indigenous leaders, and representatives from economic development organizations, investment funds and scientific institutes.

On December 11th, Paul Berkman contributed to discussions on sustainable development governance in Arctic and northern regions in Plenary Session B.

Photo (c) Antoine Jamin. Source: Flickr. License: CC BY 2.0.