Reinforcing the U.S. Commitment to the Arctic at the Arctic Council Ministerial May 19-20, 2021
Washington, DC (STL.News) Ned Price, Department Spokesperson released the following factsheet:
“… [at the Arctic Council Ministerial] I’ll reaffirm America’s commitment to meeting our climate goals and encourage other Arctic nations to do the same.”
– Secretary Antony J. Blinken, April 19, 2021
Secretary Blinken will lead the U.S. delegation to the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council May 19-20, in Reykjavik, Iceland. The United States will join the seven other Arctic States and six Permanent Participants at this biennial gathering to ensure the region remains free of conflict and to strengthen cooperation on issues such as addressing the climate crisis. The Secretary will also take the opportunity to meet bilaterally with other countries and groups represented at the meeting. The Ministerial marks the conclusion of Iceland’s two-year Arctic Council Chairmanship.
The Arctic Council’s Vital Role in Regional Governance
Established by the Ottawa Declaration in 1996, the Arctic Council is the premier multilateral forum for the Arctic States to discuss matters of regional governance, together with indigenous peoples of the region.