We hereby present our views of how to make the Arctic a better place to live, study and work in:
- We need to further develop connections and instruments of cooperation between academic communities, industry, governments, and other stakeholders in order to elaborate common visions of the Arctic future and to jointly meet common challenges in the region.
- It is vital that the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples is an integral part of the UArctic organization, in UArctic activities, steering committees. Indigenous Peoples living in the Arctic should be recognized for their value as they are not only continuously monitoring and evaluating the changes in the Arctic, but also they provide an expertise of the Arctic, only available through traditional knowledge and harmonious way of living based on thousands of years. We acknowledge that decisions cannot be made in the UArctic undertaking without the input and approval of Indigenous communities including Elders, community members, and youth. It is essential to integrate Indigenous traditional knowledge with scientific research in order to enhance a better understanding of the north and efficiently reach the goals of the UArctic.
- UArctic must be strongly committed to promoting gender equality and representation in all of its activities.
- Social responsibility of all academic communities, industry, governments, and other stakeholders working in the Arctic is a cornerstone of sustainable development of the region. We encourage UArctic to clearly state its social responsibilities and tangible targets in each field of operations which UArctic operate.
- Efforts aimed at spreading knowledge about Arctic issues, and promoting this among the general public using traditional and modern media need to be strengthened and further supported.
- UArctic has a responsibility to assist in further empowering students who live and study in the Arctic in order to deliver their vision and ideas about the future of the region to decision making bodies.
- Social and ecological systems are intrinsically linked and together form the larger, holistic Arctic system. Protecting apparent and hidden social-ecological systems feedbacks increases Arctic resilience to climate change in the Arctic and forms a central responsibility of UArctic. To fulfill this responsibility, UArctic members must synthesize knowledge from Indigenous, scientific, sociological, and other sources to answer our research questions.
- To address the views presented here, we welcome the development of programs of academic mobility through exchanges which are sponsored, supported, and promoted by UArctic, governments, universities and industry. We believe that further development in more balanced exchanges in order to create equal opportunities of knowledge access and competencies. We have identified a paucity of such mobility exchanges particularly for clinical polar medicine.