Arctic Council U.S. Chairmanship Projects Primer

December 11, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic states, Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. 

The United States assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council on April 24, 2015. Given the increased strategic importance of the region, the next two years offers the United States an unprecedented opportunity to make significant progress on our Arctic policy objectives, which were first laid out in the National Strategy for the Arctic Region released by the White House in May 2013 and followed by an Implementation Plan [PDF] in January 2014.

Attached is a high-level overview of initiatives that are part of the 2015-2017 Arctic Council workplan during the U.S. Chairmanship.  Also please visit for more information.  

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Ann Meceda, Department of State

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