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Invitation to participate in Webinars on Enhancing International Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic

International Webinar on Arctic Science Diplomacy

Under ArCS II and led by its Research Program on International Law, Kobe University Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) in Japan and Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School in the USA will collaborate on a project on “Enhancing International Scientific Cooperation: Arctic Science and Technology Advice with Ministries” and will convene three webinars aiming to help enhance international scientific cooperation by inclusively addressing inevitable questions that involve international law, ministries of nations, indigenous peoples, and science inclusively with global relevance. The webinars will have prominent scientists and practitioners from the United States, Russian Federation, Japan, and other nations in the field of Arctic science and diplomacy.

In specific, this project will consider relationships and synergies between the 2017 Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation that entered into force in 2018 among the eight Arctic states and the Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM) process that began in 2016 with dialogue among Arctic and non-Arctic states as well as Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations. The Arctic will be analyzed as a global case study with science and ministerial relationships in view of climate and the grand challenges of humanity to balance national interests and common interest for the benefit of all on Earth across generations.

The three webinars will address the following questions:

  • First Webinar: What is Arctic science?
  • Second Webinar: How can science transform data into evidence for informed decision making?
  • Third Webinar: What international efforts/processes are needed to facilitate progress in understanding the Arctic system and its global impacts?

For details and registration (free), see the UNITAR website.

Dates and Times

The three webinars are scheduled as follows. Each webinar is expected to last 2-3 hours, with plenary session and breakout sessions.
Pre-registration is required. The registration and participation are free of charge. Space is limited so early registration is recommended.
Please see this page  for your registration.

  • First Webinar: February 21 (Mon), 22:00 Japan Standard Time (JST)
  • Second Webinar: March 10 (Thu), 22:00 JST
  • Third Webinar: March 24 (Thu), 22:00 JST
  • Language: English
  • No participation fee required.