US Gave Finland Arctic Council Presidency

16.05.2017

At the ceremony in Fairbanks (Alaska), US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson handed over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council to the representative of Finland, Foreign Minister Timo Soini. The country may be chairman of the Council for two years. The main task of the organization is to protect unique Arctic ecosystems.

US Gave Finland Arctic Council Presidency

The Finnish Foreign Minister announced the main directions of work until 2019. It is environmental protection, including the conservation of biodiversity in the northern polar zone, the development of communication networks in the region, the increase in the number of weather stations for ice, ocean and atmosphere monitoring, as well as educational programs for indigenous youth.

It is noteworthy that the Arctic Council was created precisely on the initiative of Finland, in 1996.