John Kerry received Iceland environment prize
The final day of the Arctic Round Table at the Arctic Circle Assembly took place on Saturday and included discussions on fisheries innovation, the creation of artificial snow for wintertime tourism, and the inclusion of Vatnajökull National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dagfinnur Sveinbjörnsson, the chairman of Arctic Circle, said the high point of the day was John Kerry handing out the Arctic Circle Prizes, as well as receiving one himself, and also giving the closing address for the whole Arctic Circle Assembly, which has been held annually in Reykjavík since 2013.
While the Arctic Circle Assembly has room for discussion on all things Arctic, Dagfinnur says this year’s outing has been dominated by the climate crisis.
“But the centre of gravity this time as also been the increased interest that the American authorities in special ways are showing the Arctic region, and the consequences that has on relations between the world’s most powerful nations and how they shake out and take shape in the Arctic.”