These partnerships will be necessary to finance needed ports of refuge, search and rescue equipment, transshipment facilities and icebreakers. At the same time, the interests of local and indigenous residents must be an integral part of any development planning.

The following topics will be discussed at the meeting:

  • Developing safe and reliable shipping practices to protect the hunting and fishing activities of our residents and our environment
  • Exploring public-private cooperation models to produce the necessary infrastructure investments
  • Establishing a task force to offer global shippers a regular, safe and reliable shipping system

Alice Rogoff hosts the summit along with the state of Alaska and various partners, including President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland and Mead Treadwell, president of Pt Capital and former Alaska lieutenant governor.

This gathering builds on the success of the Arctic Imperative Summits convened in Alaska in 2011 and 2012 and the Arctic Circle Assemblies in Iceland in 2013 and 2014. It will be convened under the umbrella of the Arctic Circle as the first in a series of issues-based forums held around the world.

Online registration will open in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can seek further information at