2. SAO Meeting, 28 - 29 November, 2007, Narvik, Norway


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    Draft Discussion Paper by the Norwegian Chairmanship: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Arctic Council.
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2007) Arctic Council
    "In Salekhard, Ministers requested SAOs to continue to examine the organization of the Arctic Council and their work to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Arctic Council and to report back to Ministers in 2008. Under the program of the Norwegian chairmanship, the SAO Chair is committed to continue consultations and implementation of measures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the work of the Arctic Council. The SAO report The Review of the Arctic Council Structures presented to Ministers in 2002 provided a number of important insights and recommendations. At the SAO meeting in April 2007 a general discussion took place on the on the paper prepared by the Arctic Athabaskan Council: Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Artic Council: A Discussion Paper. Recent consultations held by the SAO Chair indicate that Permanent Participants and Working Group Chairs support many of the improvements recommended in the Arctic Council paper. Suggestions for continued improvements relate to both the Arctic Council and to the functioning of its Working Groups. Improvements fall into primarily 4 categories: 1) Funding/Resources, 2) Priorities/Focus, 3) Working Group Coordination and Communication, and 4) Outreach." /.../
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    The Northern Forum. Activity Report. July - October 2007.
    (The Northern Forum, 2007) The Northern Forum
    The Northern Forum's activity report, presented to SAOs at the Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials meeting in Narvik, Norway, November 28-29 2007.
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    (The Northern Forum, 2007) The Northern Forum
    The Northern Forum's report to SAOs at the Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials meeting in Narvik, Norway, November 28-29 2007.
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    Polar Bear Range States Meeting Summary 26-28 June, 2007 Shepherdstown, West Virginia, U.S.A.
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2007)
    "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service convened a meeting of competent polar bear authorities in the polar bear Range States to provide an international forum to exchange information on polar bear research and management programs, and on the status of polar bear populations, and to consider recommendations for additional national or collective measures that the Range States may take to conserve the species." /.../
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    Report to the Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council. Narvik, Norway November 28-29, 2007.
    (University of the Arctic, 2007) University of the Arctic
    The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. UArctic constitutes 110 members from around the Arctic; 87 higher education institutions and 33 other organizations. It is now 10 years since the early idea of a University of the Arctic came from a small group of individuals at an AMAP meeting, leading to a proposal to the Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs). This proposal envisaged a geographically dispersed institution that would combine the strengths of existing establishments by bringing together students and staff. Benefits would include the sharing of Arctic knowledge, costs of expensive and/or underused facilities, and expanded opportunities for access to education among the region's residents, in particular, for the indigenous peoples of the region. The SAO’s mandated a feasibility study on the University of the Arctic, and the process led to the Iqualuit Declaration of 1998 where the Ministers, "welcome, and are pleased to announce the establishment of the University of the Arctic, a university without walls...". The official Launch of the University of the Arctic occurred in Rovaniemi, Finland, on June 12, 2001, in conjunction with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Rovaniemi process. In the years following the Launch, membership has increased steadily and the administrative structures to support governance and programs have been consolidated. UArctic's programs and activities have steadily progressed from the planning stage to full implementation. UArctic has since reported regularly on its development to its forefathers, the SAO's. The following presentation will give a very brief overview of new achievements, in particular focusing on upcoming events and actions that could be relevant to the work of the SAO's and the Arctic Council working groups and programs. Furthermpre, the presentation will address the need for strengthened cooperation among Arctic states in Science and Higher Education. UArctic established the UArctic Rectors’ Forum in March 2007. The next Rectors Forum will be organized in Rovaniemi, Finland, on February 27-29, 2007 in cooperation with the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region. The SAO’s are invited to send a representative to the meeting. UArctic routinely presents a written status report to the SAO’s; enclosed. In addition, the UArctic Annual Report 2006 is enclosed.