Political Affairs Officer, Embassy of Canada, Germany
"Personally, I think the Arctic Council provides a means for promoting cooperation, cordination and interaction, between the Arctic States, but also between state actors and indigenous populations. The indigenous peoples’ voice needs to be heard and understood in order to develop a sustainable Arctic that serves the interest of its native peoples. In order to stay relevant, the Arctic Council needs to develop from consultation to decision-making. The first legally binding agreement on Search and Rescue is a prime example for this. I also think that it is key to include the private sector, for example in resource development. Environmental organizations and independent research institutes should keep a close eye on the Arctic region and continue to provide policy recommendations."