Conclusions

In keeping with the motto of the meeting – “Co-operation in Arctic Science – Challenges and Joint Actions” – the stated goal of the Second Arctic Science Ministerial was to strengthen international cooperation in Arctic research.

Science Forum, Evening reception and Ministerial

The two-day Second Arctic Science Ministerial was organized around three key elements:

  • On Day 1, researchers presented achievements in Arctic research since the first Arctic Science Ministerial in the framework of a Science Forum and illustrated new developments. These presentations provided the scientific basis for the Ministerial on Day 2.
  • At a reception in the evening of Day 1, ministers from the participating countries and their delegations met with representatives of Arctic research communities and stakeholder groups.
  • The Ministerial on Day 2 convened ministers and representatives of six Arctic indigenous peoples’ organizations.

Joint Statement of Ministers

The Joint Statement of the Ministers issued by the Ministerial participants from 26 nations and regions declares the necessity of intensifying international cooperation in Arctic research.

Second Arctic Science Ministerial report

The presentations and initiatives in Arctic research of the participating countries and organizations have been compiled in a Conference Report. The report covers the Science Forum and the Joint Statement of the Ministers.

2020: 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3)

In keeping with the motto of the meeting – “Co-operation in Arctic Science – Challenges and Joint Actions” – the stated goal of the Second Arctic Science Ministerial was to strengthen international cooperation in Arctic research. The third Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) will take stock of the progress made by the international community up to 2020. ASM3 will be held in Japan and co-hosted by Iceland.

Gallery

Federal Research Minister Karliczek at the opening of the Arctic Science Ministerial

“The Arctic is undergoing change at breathtaking speed. It is more urgent than ever for science and society to find answers to these changes”, warns Federal Research Minister Karliczek at the opening of the Arctic Science Ministerial.

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Research State Secretary Georg Schütte opens the Second Arctic Science Ministerial.

Research State Secretary Georg Schütte opens the Second Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin. “Germany is not an Arctic country – but research in the Arctic is high on our agenda”, he said.

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State Secretary Schütte at the Second Arctic Science Ministerial

“The Arctic is a key region for the global climate and an indicator of future global changes”, said State Secretary Schütte.

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Marie-Anne Coninsx welcomes the conference participants.

Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador at Large for the Arctic at the European Commission, welcomes the conference participants.

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Ellen Inga Turi represents the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.

Ellen Inga Turi, Vice-Chair, Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat, represents the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.

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Monica Ell-Kanayuk of Canada describes the global warming in Canada.

Monica Ell-Kanayuk of Canada describes the impact of global warming on the lives of the Inuit in Canada.

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Discussion with participants of the Second Arctic Science Ministerial.

How can we strengthen cooperation in Arctic research? Discussion with (from left): Sandy Starkweather (USA), Katarina Gardfeldt (Sweden), Elisabetta Vignati (European Commission), Jan Rene Larsen, Carlo Barbante (Italy), Kenneth Ruud (Norway), Erkki Kyrölä (Finland) and Monica Ell-Kanayuk (Canada).

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Welcoming address from Finnish icebreaker Polaris

Welcoming address from Finnish icebreaker Polaris

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Johannes Vogel welcomes guests at the museum.

Johannes Vogel, Director of Naturkundemuseum, welcomes guests at the museum.

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Johannes Vogel gives Anja Karliczek and other ministers a tour of a new special exhibition.

Johannes Vogel gives Anja Karliczek and other ministers a tour of a new special exhibition.

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Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek talks about the eternal ice.

“The eternal ice – it sounds so nice, but that very eternity is at issue. The Arctic is undergoing change at breathtaking speed. It is more urgent than ever for science and society to find answers to these rapid changes”, says Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek.

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EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas at the conference.

“We can only slow down climate change if we base our activities on scientific knowledge. This is why the EU is investing 70 million euros in research and innovation for the Arctic over the next two years“, says EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas at the conference.

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Finnish Education Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen talks about international collaborative research.

“It is important to Finland to provide funding for a broad range of international collaborative research across disciplines. We must take all the stakeholders into account in this process”, says Finnish Education Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.

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Johannes Vogel welcomes the guests of the Arctic Science Ministerial.

Johannes Vogel, Director of Naturkundemuseum, welcomes the guests of the Arctic Science Ministerial.

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Federal Minister Anja Karliczek and State Secretary Georg Schütte speaking with the representative of Norway.

Federal Minister Anja Karliczek and State Secretary Georg Schütte speaking with the representative of Norway.

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A dinner in the Evolution hall of the Naturkundemuseum.

Day 1 of the conference ended with a dinner in the Evolution hall of the Naturkundemuseum.

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Participants of the Ministerial Meeting on 26 october 2018 in Berlin.

Nearly thirty nations play a role in global research on the Arctic. Their increased cooperation is to result in a Joint Statement: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greenland, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Spain, and the United States of America.

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Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek at a joint press conference with Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (left), Finland’s Education Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen and Antje Boetius, marine biologist at AWI.

“Should the eternal ice in the Arctic melt as a result of global warming it will have far-reaching consequences, also for Germany. This is why we are bringing everyone to the table – ministers, researchers, and also the people of the Arctic themselves”, says German Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek at a joint press conference with Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (left), Finland’s Education Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen and Antje Boetius, marine biologist at AWI.

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At the Science Forum on 25 October researchers met with representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and research policy decision makers to discuss the major challenges in Arctic research.

At the Science Forum on 25 October researchers met with representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations and research policy decision makers to discuss the major challenges in Arctic research.

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Looking back at the Science Forum