The issues discussed during the seminar include but are not limited to:

  • Platforms supporting cross- and trans-border cooperation between/among the Arctic and northern cities.
  • What kinds of challenges are Arctic and Northern cities facing and what has been achieved through multilateral and bilateral cooperation between Arctic, Northern and non-Arctic cities?
  • What are the motivations and aims of the city-level cross-border cooperation?
  • How can the Arctic Council accommodate cities in Arctic governance? How Arctic municipalities want to be heard within the Arctic Council?

    The final program will be added here as soon as possible. The confirmed speakers of the event include, for example: Kamrul Hossain (University of Lapland); Nadezhda Filimonova (Harvard Kennedy School); Kat Hodgson (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway) & Gabriella Gricius (Colorado State University); representatives from cities of Rovaniemi and Oulu; and Petteri Vuorimäki (Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs, Finland). Event is moderated by Aileen A. Espiritu, Juha Saunavaara and Kamrul Hossain, and organized by UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Hokkaido University Arctic Research Center, University of Lapland Arctic Centre, ArCS II-project, HaRP-project, UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic in Asia, Asia in the Arctic, and UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law.

    The event is free of charge and open to anyone interested in the topic. However, pre-registration is needed for both onsite and online participation. Please register here!

    The Part 2 of the seminar (Strengthening Region-building through Multilevel Governance and Interregional Cooperation: Urban Sustainability through the Arctic Mayors’ Forum) is planned to be organized in Tromsø at the time of the Arctic Frontiers 2022.