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Welcome to the 2nd International Arctic Conference

In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process

Connecting Local and Global in the Arctic


24-26 November 2015, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland




The Rovaniemi Process that led to the adoption of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy in 1991 has promoted, in addition to successful cooperation in environmental issues and sustainable development, also peace and stability in the Arctic. The spirit of the Rovaniemi Process has since, for more than twenty years, been seen in the nature of the circumpolar cooperation that has been marked by close scientific collaboration, people-to-people connections and networks of businesses and arts. Today, the processes and pressures originating outside of the Arctic give a new meaning to the path chosen in Rovaniemi.

The importance of the Rovaniemi Process for the Arctic region has inspired the City of Rovaniemi, the University of Lapland, the Arctic Centre and the Arctic Society of Finland to organize a series of international conferences to discuss the Arctic with a focus on both global, regional and local scales of the developments in the Arctic.

The “In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process – Connecting Local and Global” conference will take place in 24-26 November 2015 in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. The conference is the 2nd in the series of international Arctic conferences "In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process" in Rovaniemi. The first conference that took place in December 2013 discussed global processes and challenges in the Arctic from the perspective of environmental protection and sustainable development.

With the theme "Connecting Local and Global" the conference in 2015 will continue the discussion on the latest developments in the Arctic with focus on both the global developments and their consequences on the local level, as well as the interaction of the global, regional and local levels in the Arctic. 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 conference is organized jointly by the City of Rovaniemi, the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland and the Arctic Society of Finland.

The conference will consist of keynote speeches by eminent political speakers and distinguished scholars as well as presentations highlighting latest scientific papers and good practices in the thematic sessions.

Welcome to the conference!



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