14:50 Everyone has to be seated at the Saalasti Hall

Opening Ceremony

Masters of Ceremonies:

  • Liisa Holmberg, Chair of the Council of UArctic
  • Taina Pihlajaniemi, Vice-Rector Research, University of Oulu

Music performance: Vocal ensemble Cappella pro Vocale (info, listen)

Welcoming words:

  • Jouko Niinimäki, Rector of the University of Oulu (host)
  • Jari Niemelä, Rector of the University of Helsinki (host)
  • Päivi Laajala, Mayor of the City of Oulu
  • Jouko Paaso, Rector of Oulu University of Applied Sciences
  • Ilkka P. Laurila, Senior Vice President, Development. Natural Resources Institute Finland

Opening Speeches:

  • Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister, Finland
  • His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco
  • Aleksi Härkönen, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council

Panel Discussion: Arctic Agenda 2030 – a Challenge?

Sustainable development of the Arctic Region, for and by its people is the main purpose of the University of the Arctic. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals is the overarching principle for Finland’s Arctic Council Chairmanship. Past decades have demonstrated that Arctic cooperation benefit humans and nature of the North and the Arctic provides a framework for international cooperation rarely seen elsewhere.

Moderator: Lars Kullerud, President of UArctic


  • His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco
  • Markku Kulmala, Academician, University of Helsinki
  • Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
  • Arja Rautio, UArctic Vice-President Research, University of Oulu
  • Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of the Arctic and Environmental Unit at the Saami Council
  • Yuliya Zaika, PhD student, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Daniel M. White, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Closing remarks