The Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation was signed by the foreign ministers of all Arctic states in May 2017.  The agreement, signed at a challenging time in US-Russia relations is a commitment to apply science as a tool of diplomacy, promoting common interests in the Arctic and beyond.  Subsequent discussion on the Arctic Science Agreement was convened by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) at the International Science in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA) workshop, held at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, in November 2017. The ISIRA workshop engaged IASC, along with leadership from the University of the Arctic (UArctic) and International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), in formulating an IASC-UArctic-IASSA ‘bridge’ between Arctic scientific and diplomatic communities, complementing objectives of the Arctic Science Agreement, which identified these three scientific organizations specifically. 

The session will convene a panel of invited Senior Arctic Officials, Permanent Participants, and other high-level decision-makers who will discuss implementation needs, strategies, and benefits of the Arctic Science Agreement. The panel will be moderated by Professor Paul Arthur Berkman and open to the audience for participation.  

The panel objectives are:

  1. to contribute to building the ‘bridge’ between IASC-UArctic-IASSA by engaging high level diplomats and thought leaders, and
  2. to consider mechanisms for inclusive implementation of the Arctic Science Agreement, drawing on natural and social sciences and Indigenous knowledge. 
    This is an open session with invited presentations.