ItemLetter from the SAO Chair on the planning prior the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007/2008.(Arctic Council Secretariat, 2003) Pálsson, Gunnar"Planning is underway for an International Polar Year (IPY) in 2007/8 to celebrate, respectively, the 125th, 75th, and 50th anniversaries of the first two International Polar Years (IPYs) and the International Geophysical Year (IGY). More than an anniversary, the IPY is expected to intensify and enhance polar research, engage the next generation of scientists in polar exploration and illustrate to the public the crucial role that the polar regions play in Earth’s ecosystem. The concept of the IPY has been endorsed and advanced by a broad range of polar and global research groups, including the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the XXVI Session of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting. Many governments, including members of the Arctic Council, have set up national committees to co-ordinate input into the IPY process. In February of this year, structure was given to many of the ideas that had emerged with the establishment of the International Science Council’s (ICSU) Planning Group. According to the ICSU’s Terms of Reference, it should stimulate and encourage debate among a wide range of interested parties on the objectives and possible contents of the IPY (see attachments 1 and 2)." /.../ ItemAttachment 4. International Polar Year. IPY 2007/2008. ICSU IPY Planning Group.(Arctic Council Secretariat, 2003) Bell, Robin E.; Rapley, ChrisPresentation by ICSU IPY-PG Chair Chris Rapley and ICSU IPY-PG Vice-Chair Robin E. Bell on the plans for International Polar Year 2007/08, presented at the Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials meeting in Svertsengi, Iceland, October 23-24 2003. ItemAttachment 2. ICSU IPY 2007/8 Planning Group Members.(Arctic Council Secretariat, 2003-09-03) Arctic CouncilList of planning group members for the International Polar Year, presented at the Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials meeting in Svertsengi, Iceland, October 23-24 2003. ItemAttachment 1. Terms of Reference of the ICSU IPY 2007/8 Planning Group. Attachment 1.(Arctic Council Secretariat, 2003) Arctic Council"Terms of Reference of the ICSU IPY 2007/8 Planning Group (i) To gather, summarise and make widely available information on existing ideas for an IPY serving as a clearinghouse for ideas, (ii) To stimulate, encourage and organise debate amongst a wide range of interested parties on the objectives and possible content of an IPY, (iii) To formulate a set of objectives for an IPY, (iv) To develop an initial high level Science Plan for an IPY which engages younger scientists throughout the planning process. (v) To develop a specific set of objects targeted at formal and informal education as well as the general public in the next IPY. (vi) To develop a proposed mechanism for the design, development, guidance, and oversight of an IPY (vii) To present a draft plan to the ICSU EB at their February 2004 meeting; and (vii) To report to the ICSU 28th General Assembly in 2005 a plan for an IPY in 2007/8 for final endorsement."