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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • ARCTIC

  • 20 October 2017

    The representatives of governments and national parliaments, academics and researchers, experts from think-tanks, business, indigenous peoples as well as international organizations and NGOs met in Reykjavik for the fifth time, in order to discuss the future of the Arctic, its further development and climate change consequences in the North. This initiative was launched in 2013 by the former President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson as the regular forum on Arctic’s future. Last week, between 12 and 15 October, it attracted more than 2 thousand participants from many states, including all polar ones.

    The wide range of topics was deliberated during more than 30 plenary sessions and 100 breakout sessions by those who came to Reykjavik. Starting from serious political and macroeconomic affairs, through expert-oriented scientific matters and completing with some lighter examples of art and cultural initiatives. However, not surprisingly the most dominant topic was the climate change and its impact on the region. It is estimated that by 2050 the ice will disappear from the Arctic Ocean totally. Therefore, now is the time not to discuss whether the changes will occur but how we all need to prepare for them.

     

    Poland was also present during #ArcticCircle2017 with the number of representatives and experts from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (incl. Deputy Minister Ł. Szumowski), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (incl. Ambassador A. Misztal, Director of Legal and Treaty Department) and various special scientific and research institutions (incl. Polish Polar Research Centre, Polish Academy of Science and Polar Consortium). Those who came to Iceland had an opportunity to appreciate the photo exhibition on Arctic research history, to see some short films on beauty and harshness of living in polar stations or to take part in one special plenary session on Poland and the Arctic. It is wort to emphasize that Polish polar research is our “trademark”: we have more than 50 years of experience and cover whole Arctic geosystem. Last but not least, our polar research station in Svarbald (Norway) named after its creator Stanisław Siedlecki celebrates its 40th birthday this very year.

     

    The next Arctic Circle Assembly is going to take place next year, also in Reykjavik. And below there are some photos from the event (all  by Piotr Łepkowski)

     

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