From 22 to 27 January 2017, world leaders in business, science and politics will gather at the annual Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø, Norway to discuss how to manage a volatile Arctic region. Arctic Frontiers 2017 will put emphasis on sustainable resource management, the shift to green technologies and the future of industrial activities in the Arctic. The event is important not just for the Arctic countries, but for all those interested in the future of the marine sector, the oceanic ecosystem and the effects of global warming.
Arctic Frontiers brings together some of the most prominent and influential policy makers and business executives from around the world. Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende are some of the confirmed distinguished guests so far.
From Singapore, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Mr. Sam Tan is also one of the confirmed speakers at the event, which he has attended for the last four consecutive years. But Singapore’s interest for the Arctic spans further than Arctic Frontiers; in 2013, they became an observatory member of the Arctic Council.
As a low-lying island by the equator, this Singaporean interest for the Arctic region might seem surprising. But like Norway, Singapore is a sea trading nation, and both countries hold a shared vision and vested interest in the creation of a sustainable, adaptable and future-oriented marine industry.
Arctic Frontiers 2017 recognizes that to realise these objectives, there is an urgent need for protracted international, inclusive and multisector cooperation to mitigate and best handle the global effects of climate change. Achieving these ambitious goals will be a central focus during the week in Tromsø.