A meeting of the Arctic Council, which includes eight nations within the arctic zone as wells a group of observer nations and organizations, brought together leaders and representatives from member countries to continue a history of collaboration on environmental and economic issues regarding the region. American Secretary of State John Kerry set the course for the future of collaboration between these nations, the United States assumed chairmanship of the council, in emphasizing the dangers posed by climate change and the risks inherent in failing to increase action.

The council established its commitment to collaboration on climate change above other political considerations, a particularly significant statement in light of the controversy surrounding Russia’s participation in the meeting. Leaders from the member states, including Finland’s foreign minister Erkki Tuomioja, echoed Secretary Kerry’s statement, reiterating the shared benefits of this collaboration and the necessity of including Russia within this work.

Kerry set forth a plan to address climate change issues, stating the region’s impact on climate issues and their ability to adopt an even more expansive role in reducing emissions.

Source: New York Times article 

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