Arctic Futures Symposium - Brussels, 4-5 October 2012

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Arctic Futures Symposium - Brussels, 4-5 October 2012

Nathalie Van Isacker

The International Polar Foundation (IPF) would like to cordially invite you to attend the 2012 Arctic Futures Symposium, which will be held in EU Committee of the Regions Jacques Delors Building in Brussels, Belgium on October 4th and 5th.

Participation is open to the general public and is free of charge.

The challenges facing the Arctic during a time of change and global warming uncertainty will be the subject of frank and lively debates between policymakers, Ambassadors and government representatives from EU and Arctic nations, polar scientists, Arctic indigenous peoples and industry representatives.

A complete list of speakers and panelists can be found on our website: , including HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki and Swedish Arctic Ambassador and Chair of the Arctic Council Gustaf Lind.

This year's symposium will feature a roundtable discussion with senior policymakers and representatives from Arctic Council nations, led by Dr. Charles Emmerson of Chatham House, author of The Future History of the Arctic. It will also feature presentations and discussions on:

  • The future of Arctic energy resources - including a look at renewable energy projects.
  • Sustainable management of living natural resources and marine protected areas.
  • Developing maritime and coastal infrastructure to meet the growing needs of maritime operations in the Arctic.
  • The vital importance of long-term scientific monitoring programmes in the Arctic.

The Arctic Futures Symposium 2012 is an initiative of the International Polar Foundation, with the financial support of:

  • The Kingdom of Belgium’s Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
  • The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

And in partnership with:

  • The European Union Committee of the Regions, which is hosting the event
  • The European Commission
  • The European External Action Service (EEAS)

While attendance is free of charge, registration is mandatory prior to admission to the conference.

If you would like to come, please register via our website by noon on Monday, October 1st:

It will still be possible to register on-site if places remain; however prior registration is the only way to guarantee a reserved seat at the symposium.

For further information, you may contact us at:

email:  [hidden email]

Phone:   +32 2 543 06 98


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