Minister Responsible for the Foreign Affairs of Greenland continues to emphasize the importance of peaceful cooperation in the Arctic.

Minister Responsible for the Foreign Affairs of Greenland continues to emphasize the importance of peaceful cooperation in the Arctic.

Naalakkersuisoq (Minister Responsible for the Foreign Affairs of Greenland) Vivian Motzfeldt continues to emphasize the importance of peaceful cooperation in the Arctic.

The Arctic countries and indigenous people’s representatives gathered from the 22nd to the 23rd of May in Ilulissat to mark the 10th anniversary of the Ilulissat Declaration. The participants visited the village Ilimanaq and saw with their own eyes the opportunities within local sustainable development. In addition, the guests went to the glacier Isua and received a lecture on the development of the ice and climate change.

The following day offered a high-level session where the countries each confirmed their obligations within the Ilulissat Declaration and underlined important collaborations in the field.

The High Sea Fisheries Agreement, an agreement that commits fisheries nations in the Arctic to limit fishing beyond 200 nautical miles until a scientific basis exists, was highlighted as a good example. In addition, the Arctic coastal states are in a dialogue about the individual countries’ submissions to the UN to extend their rights to the continental shelf, ie. the right to the subsoil under the sea. These are examples of cooperation through dialogue on the basis on international law which encompasses the principles of the Ilulissat Declaration.

Naalakkersuisoq, Vivian Motzfeldt, stressed the importance of continuing to commit to this peaceful cooperation; “Us who live in peaceful areas sometimes forget the importance of maintaining peace. With the global unrest and future development opportunities in the Arctic, the Ilulissat declaration principles are immensely important. I am grateful that all the countries of the Arctic Council, the ICC and the Saami Council have confirmed that they fully support the principles of peaceful cooperation.”

Lastly the event consisted with a session on the international scientific agreement negotiated under the Arctic Council, where the world-famous geologist Minik Rosing lectured on the importance of cooperation across the Arctic. Finally, a memorial plaque about the 10th anniversary of the Ilulissat Declaration was presented, and it is to be placed in Ilulissat.

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