The conferences highlight the importance and contemporary legacies of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy, the so-called Rovaniemi Process that led to the establishment of the Arctic Council

With the theme "Local and Global Arctic" the conference will address the interaction of the global, regional and local levels in the Arctic, such as the impacts of global processes on local communities in the Arctic. Moreover, the role of institutions such as the Arctic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and the European Union, in interlinking Arctic stakeholders is highlighted.

Key questions include: How the local perspective is, or should be, seen in global and international context in the Arctic? Does Arctic international co-operation truly support sustainable development at the local level? How do local perspectives and values translate to regional and global contexts?

The conference invites friends of the Arctic - decision-makers, scholars, artists, designers and students - to discuss the Arctic in global, regional and local perspectives in the spirit of the Rovaniemi Process.

The Thematic Network on Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design will host two sessions at the conference: Arctic Cities and Design and Contemporary Art and Northern Heritage -Art as Innovation.

For more information and registration, visit the conference web page.