Arctic Council will meet to discuss future strategy

Today, Friday, the member states in the Arctic Council will meet to discuss priorities for the next two years and to wrap up Canada's chairmanship. Sustainable energy solutions should be central to the efforts, says WWF.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs from seven of eight member states in the Arctic Council will meet today, Friday, with the permanent participants and observers in Iqaluit in northeastern Canada to mark the completion of the Canadian chairmanship.

At the meeting, the participants will discuss the Arctic Council's priorities for the next two years under the US' chairmanship while also evaluating the current Canadian chairmanship. The present parties will likely also have to deal with the crisis between Russia and the western nations, and Canada's Minister for the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq, who has chaired the council for the past two years, has publicly stated that Canada will use this opportunity to direct a strong criticism at Russia for the annexation of Crimea.

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