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U.S. position on climate change undermines Arctic Council ministerial – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on May 7, 201999 Views

7 May, 2019

Meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland ends with no declaration from eight member nations

Like a firecracker that produces a disappointing thud instead of a bright burst, the Arctic Council’s ministerial meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland ended today without the usual signing fanfare around a big, joint declaration by the eight circumpolar states.

Instead, due to a lack of consensus about what to say on climate change, Finland’s foreign minister, Timo Soini, issued a detailed chair’s statement—the first such document in the Arctic Council’s history.

In it, Soini refers to “a majority of us” around the Arctic Council table, who supported clauses and issues involving climate change, such as the need to reduce greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions and to work on climate change adaptation.

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