A) Combating Climate Change in the Arctic Circle
B) The Protection of Indigenous Arctic Peoples
Moderator: Jessica Goshorn
The Aims of the Arctic Council
Canada, China (OB), Denmark, Finland, France (OB), Germany (OB), Iceland, India (OB), Japan (OB), Netherlands (OB), Norway, RO Korea (OB), Russian Federation, Sweden, United Kingdom (OB), United States of America
OB= Observer countries. These countries can participate in debate, vote on procedural motions and contribute to the resolution writing process, but cannot vote on the final resolution.
The Arctic Council will examine the topics: combating climate change in the Arctic Circle and the protection of indigenous Arctic peoples. While an often-overlooked region of the world, the Arctic Circle faces serious issues that the Arctic Council is challenged with overcoming. As the Arctic’s temperature increase has been double that of the Earth’s average temperature increase, the Arctic’s ecosystems and people are put in danger. Furthermore, as the ice sheets and glaciers in the Arctic melt, this excess water will lead to a rise in global sea levels, impacting people all around the world. Will the Arctic Council be able to take large enough strides to effectively combat climate change? Will they be able to do it soon enough? On the other hand, the indigenous Arctic peoples have been put at risk for numerous reasons. In recent years, there has been an influx of people who have immigrated to the Arctic, straining the local economies and the environment. The environment has been further damaged by climate change, putting the natural resources, which drives the economy in the Arctic, and the people themselves at risk. Can the Arctic Council overcome its differences to help indigenous Arctic peoples? How will the issue of sovereignty play out as the Arctic Council delegates responsibilities?-- The Undersecretary General for the Regional Bodies