Some 1,200 people from over 50 countries will attend the Arctic Circle Assembly, which starts at Harpa in Reykjavík today. It is the first large international gathering on Arctic issues in almost two years.
The Assembly counts over a hundred seminars with over 400 speakers between today and Sunday; including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod, and South Korean deputy FM Jongmoon Choi.
Former president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is patron of the Arctic Circle Assembly. He will open the event with a keynote speech at Harpa at 13.00. Prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir will also address the opening session.
This year’s Arctic Circle will prominently feature Greenlandic affairs; including special discussion on a new report into Iceland and Greenland’s joint position in Arctic affairs.
The Assembly will also feature extensive discussion on the upcoming UN climate conference in Glasgow.