The Conference was a landmark event, fostering cooperation between two distant but interlinked regions. As the world's attention is turning towards the unique challenges faced by two of our planet's most extreme regions, the Arctic and the Third Pole, also known as the Hindu Kush Himalaya, the Conference brought scholars from both regions to discuss issues related to the rise of temperatures and the rapid thawing of frozen landscapes and its impact on local communities, ecosystems, and the global environment. As these two distant corners of the world share common challenges brought about by climate change, and scholars must work together to find sustainable solutions, participants in the Conference highlighted the knowledge gap between the Arctic and the Third Pole. They emphasized strengthening cooperation and understanding between experts from both regions.
The Conference was hosted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and jointly organized by the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law of the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, ICIMOD, UArctic Chair in Arctic Legal Research and Education and the UArctic Law Thematic Network.