Signing of the Ottawa Declaration
Signing of the Ottawa Declaration

The Arctic Council turns 25

25 years of successful circumpolar cooperation

In September 1996, representatives of the eight states with territories north of the Arctic Circle signed a document that would shape the future intergovernmental collaboration in the High North: the Ottawa Declaration.

In 2021, the 8 states and 6 Indigenous Permanent Participants celebrate a 25-year collaboration that remains unique in the world.

Time witnesses

The last Ministerial under the Arctic Environment Protection Strategy in Alta, Norway, in 1997. (Photo: Harald Finkler)

Hear from the people that have shaped the history of the Arctic Council over the past 25 years. Follow their stories and see the Council evolve through their eyes and actions.

25th Anniversary News

Time witness reports: A red telephone for the environment

Hans Jakob Helms represented the Greenland Home Rule Government and was an advisor for the Danish delegation during the negotiations of the Arctic Environmental Protectio...
10 Jun 2021

Time witness reports: With team support to AMAP’s success

Lars-Erik Liljelund, the second Chair of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), shares his memories and insights from his involvement in both AMAP and the...
10 Jun 2021

A seat at the table – How Arctic Indigenous peoples negotiated their Permanent Participant status

The status of “Permanent Participants” is unique in international cooperation. The Arctic Council was the first (and so far only) intergovernmental forum to accredit Indi...
10 May 2021
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