ItemThe Arctic Council and the Arctic Data Directory. New Opportunities for Circum-Arctic Information. A proposal submitted to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials by the International Arctic Environmental Data Directory Council. Fairbanks, Alaska. April 2000.(Arctic Council Secretariat, 2000-04) Arctic Council;"Data and information are essential and powerful tools in the world of the 21st century. Their ongoing development and dissemination within the circum-Arctic context create a wealth of new opportunities, contribute substantively to decision making and policy development, and help define a common vision for a region of the globe that, at least until recent years, has been effectively diffracted by distance, by climate, and by competing politico-economic strategies. The Arctic Council is a natural focal point for knowledge of the Arctic. As the body in which is manifest both unique national interests and the collective imagination that has made possible an array of new initiatives in the region, it offers the potential to establish for the Arctic and its inhabitants a special place in the global system. Through its affiliate organizations, the Council monitors the state of the arctic environment and spearheads research into marine ecosystems, flora and fauna, sustainable development, and the socio-cultural heritage of the Arctic indigenous peoples." ItemArctic Council Panel Discussion. Contaminants and Human Health. April 26, 2000 (1-2 p.m). University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Schaible Hall.(Arctic Council Secretariat, 2000-04-26) Arctic Council"Our objective in convening the panel discussion as part of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council is to better link the work of the Council, an international intergovernmental forum, to the public in Alaska--both students and adults who will be on-line and in the audience. Simultaneously, we also want to showcase the distance learning capacities of the University of Alaska system and the cooperation between the State of Alaska and the Department of State during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. We have a group of people all in one place April 26 in Fairbanks, Alaska for an educational, informative discussion of "Contaminants and Human Health", a matter of considerable public interest in Alaska." /.../ ItemRecommendations for Permanent Participants and Observers.(Arctic Council Secretariat, 2000) Arctic CouncilList of organizations requesting permanent participant status and permanent observer status in the Arctic Council, prior the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials meeting in Fairbanks, April 27-28, 2000. ItemArctic Council Coordination With Other Arctic International Bodies. Discussion Draft.(Arctic Council Secretariat, 2000) Arctic Council"The Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) noted the need for coordination with other international organizations with Arctic interests, such as the Nordic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, the Northern Forum and the Council of Baltic Sea States. The SAOs have also taken note of the shared interests of the European Union's "Northern Dimension" and the United States "Northern Europe Initiative."/.../"