Senior Arctic Officials’ Report to Ministers 2019
It was Finland ́s turn to take over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from the United States at the Ministerial meeting held in Fairbanks on 11 May 2017, building upon their ambitious and successful program. In many areas, Finland has continued the programs and projects initiated by our predecessors, while taking a fresh look at the emerging needs in the Arctic region. Tensions in international relations have put a particular pressure on Finland to preserve the constructive nature of cooperation carried out by the Arctic Council, and indeed seek ways to strengthen it even further. These efforts were reflected in the overall theme of the Finnish Chairmanship: Exploring Common Solutions.