Host Committee: Week of the Arctic
Governor Walter J. Hickel, founder of the Institute of the North, believed strongly that we must understand the reality, the richness and the responsibility of the North. Today, the Institute works to share that vision. Our mission is vital to Alaska’s role as a key stakeholder in policy affecting the Arctic. We stand at a pivotal place where ideas and connections matter – across the state and on a global scale.
Arctic Energy Summit
The next Arctic Energy Summit will be held September 18-20, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. This summit is a multi-disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues.
Dr. Artur Chilingarov receives Robert O. Anderson Sustainable Arctic Award
Dr. Chilingarov is recognized for his lifetime service, commitment to sustainable development and international cooperation.
News and Events
The Institute of the North’s advancement of Arctic issues related to sustainable development is part of a strategic and inclusive approach. Alaska has advocated for partnership in the development of U.S. Arctic policy and believes that Alaska’s involvement will result in a stronger, more effective effort.
Alaska and Maine: Partners in the Future of the Arctic
Maine’s location and resources ensure its status as a near Arctic state. Its connection to Alaska is evident in the states’ similar roles as Arctic gateways. Maine’s strategic location is conducive to Arctic shipping interests. The state is located in the midst of multiple trans-Atlantic shipping routes and sits at the northeast corner of the continental U.S., bordering Canada.
Alaska’s science, policy and business community will come together to celebrate the successes of the U.S. Chairmanship, toast the future of the Finnish Chairmanship and recognize the hard work still to do in meeting the high goals of environmental protection, sustainable development, inclusion of indigenous peoples and international cooperation. Fairbanks, Alaska hosted the Arctic Interchange May 8-12, 2017.
The Institute of the North informs strategic public policy and cultivates an engaged citizenry focused on socio-economic development in the Arctic. We support responsible development and collaborative management of commonly owned resources for individual and community prosperity. We strive to understand and communicate the reality and richness of the Arctic and the responsibility of those who live and work there.