Arctic Science Ministerial Report and Joint Statement Now Available
November 8, 2018
By Jessica Rohde
The 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial (-2) held in Berlin, Germany, was a 2-day event (25 & 26 October 2018) organized by the European Union, Finland and Germany. The event title was "Co-operation in Arctic Science – Challenges and Joint Actions". The Ministerial themes were:
- Strengthening, integrating and sustaining Arctic observations, facilitating access to Arctic data, and sharing Arctic research infrastructure;
- Understanding the regional and global dynamics of Arctic change;
- Assessing the vulnerability and building resilience of Arctic environments and societies.
-2 Day 1 was the occasion of the Arctic Science Forum on 25 October, when over 300 scientists and others gathered to discuss the three themes of the Ministerial in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on the north bank of the River Spree in central Berlin.
-2 Day 2, the actual Ministerial meeting of senior government leaders (science ministers and their equivalents), was held on 26 October in the AXICA Kongress- und Tagungszentrum located close to the Brandenburg Gate on Pariser Platz in central Berlin. The day began with a report on highlights of the Arctic Science Forum, delivered by Dr. Karin Lochte, former Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute and the chair of the -2 Science Advisory Board. Participants then heard a series of brief statements from each head of delegation, and discussed the three themes of the Ministerial. The day ended with the signing of a Joint Statement by all heads of delegation. The Joint Statement describes the joint activities to which the government agreed in order to advance the science of each of the three themes.
The members of the U.S. Government delegation to -2 were:
1. Dr. France Cordova, Director of the National Science Foundation & Head of Delegation.
2. The Honorable Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
3. Dr. Timothy Gallaudet (Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, ret.), Acting Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In addition to the Joint Statement, the -2 organizers also published a report that describes (1) the deliverables, or commitments each government made to advance each of the three Ministerial themes, and (2) overviews of each government's Arctic research programs and activities.
Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Martin Jeffries, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory