Arctic Parliamentarians meet in Inari
Thu, Nov 15, 2012
The Standing Committee of Arctic Parliamentarians met in Inari, Finland Nov 12-14, 2013, which included visits to the Sami Education Institute (SAKK) and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Among the issues on the Parliamentarians agenda were presentations on Finland's Arctic policies, Sami culture in Finland, and the proposed EU Arctic Information Centre in Rovaniemi.
UArctic Vice-President Administration made a presentation to the parliamentarians on behalf of UArctic about mobility in the Circumpolar North. Ms Snellman presented the rationale, or need, and benefits of Circumpolar student mobility, the history and current status of UArctic’s north2north student mobility program and introduced the concept of a new circumpolar mobility program, north2north+. The Parliamentarians shared the concern of losing youth in the Circumpolar regions to the South and recognized circumpolar mobility as an effective tool in combatting the problem. The Parliamentarians agreed to work with their respective governments to find a sustainable solution for a structural mobility program for the Arctic region.