Agreement On Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation

The agreement will enter into force today, 23 May 2018, an occasion that will be celebrated at an event in Ilulissat, Greenland. This means that the provisions of the agreement will now have legal force and will begin to concretely support scientific activities in the Arctic, for example by facilitating access to research areas for marine and aerial data collection, supporting full and open access to scientific data and encouraging education and career development for students and young researchers. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to alter the rights or obligations of a Party under other relevant international instruments or international law. 1. The Contracting Parties shall facilitate access to scientific information relating to scientific activities carried out under this Agreement. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA U.S. Arctic Research Commission Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 510, Arlington, VA 22203 Phone: + 1 703 525 0113 E-mail: info@arctic.gov At the ministerial meeting held in Kiruna in 2013, Ministers of Arctic States mandated the creation of a Task Force to work on agreement on increased scientific cooperation between the eight Arctic Council Member States (Iceland, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia and the United States). The agreement was signed at the Fairbanks Ministerial Meeting in 2017 and entered into force on 23 May 2018. To which Arctic geographical areas does the agreement apply? Article 16 Relationship with other international agreements In accordance with the map below, the geographical area of the United States covered by this Agreement covers the area north of the Arctic Circle and north and west of the border formed by the Porcupine, Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers; the aperitif chain; and adjacent maritime areas of the Arctic Ocean and Lakes Beaufort, Bering and Chukchi. This area is based on the definition of the Arctic region of the United States, as amended, in section 112 of the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984.

Where appropriate, cooperation actions under this Agreement shall be carried out in accordance with specific implementing agreements or arrangements concluded between the Parties or the Participants in respect of their activities, in particular the financing of those activities, the exploitation of scientific results and research, facilities and equipment and the settlement of disputes. . . .