The Northern Forum attends the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and indigenous Permanent Participant organizations (PPs) meeting to discuss the Council’s ongoing work and future plans to address environmental issues and promote sustainable development in the Arctic.
On the agenda for discussion at the meeting is the Council’s work on: climate change and resilience; black carbon and methane; long-term strategic planning for the Council; oil pollution prevention and response; scientific cooperation.
After a number of years absent from the Northern Forum, the US State of Alaska along with the Finnish region of Lapland have decided to re-join the international organization, which brings together local and regional actors from across the Arctic. The government of Alaska pays great attention to this and allocates significant resources in this area. Many local governments also support research and development programs that combine scientific knowledge and traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples of the North.