International Co-operation for a Secure and Sustainable Arctic

18:00 - 19:15
Arendal, Norway
Nordens telt på Arendalsuka

The Arctic has taken a central position on the international political agenda. A growing number of countries are showing an interest in economic and geopolitical matters in the far north, while climate change is being increasingly felt within the Arctic area.

Co-operation is now limited between Russia and the other nations bordering the Arctic in the Nordic Region and North America, while major powers such as China and India are showing a growing interest in the area.

As an attractive, strategic and vulnerable region, the Arctic is particularly dependent on good co-operation across national borders.

We bring together stakeholders from different parts of the Arctic co-operation and ask:

  • What is the strategic importance of the Arctic region in Nordic and transatlantic co-operation?
  • How can we work together to ensure the peaceful and sustainable management of the Arctic?
  • Which roles do science, local interests, and indigenous populations play?

45-minute debate followed by a networking session with refreshments and finger food.


  • Amy Baker, Ambassador, Embassy of Canada to Norway
  • Jamal Al-Mussawi, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Oslo
  • Maria Varteressian, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Bryndís Haraldsdóttir, President of the Nordic Council, Member of the Icelandic Althing
  • Bård Ludvig Thorheim, Storting representative, Conservative Party of Norway
  • Jørgen Berge, Dean and Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Moderator: Andreas Østhagen, Senior Researcher, The Fridtjof Nansen Institute


Guttorm Aanes. Photo: NordForsk

Guttorm Aanes

Head of Communications

Guttorm Aanes is responsible for strengthening the visibility and impact of Nordic research co-operation through owned and earned communication channels.

Guttorm holds a degree in media studies from the University of Oslo. In 2023, he completed a master's programme in PR management and strategic communication at BI Norwegian Business School.

Guttorm has extensive experience from Norwegian ministries and research institutes.

Guttorm is good at a lot of things. For example, how to punctuate.

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