Climate change impacts, geopolitical tensions, sea ice edge, technology hubs, businesses, flora and fauna – all are moving North, presenting unprecedented challenges and opportunities for sustainable development and for the peoples of the Arctic who are also on the move to and from the region.
February 2022 marked the end of Arctic exceptionalism, with conflict in Europe as a direct consequence of the actions of an Arctic nation. The knock-on effects of the war are vast, including humanitarian and refugee crises, food and energy insecurity, and the disruption of global supply chains. Pan-Arctic collaboration has been reduced to a minimum and we are still searching for new pathways for communication in this new geopolitical landscape.
There are multiple pressures on the Arctic, but we see the effects of climate change and the geopolitical situation as key drivers for development in the Arctic. What approaches can we take to tackle geopolitical instability and the climate emergency simultaneously? Is new technology part of the solution or a Pandora’s Box of new challenges? Exploring both long-term and short-term impacts and potential solutions will shape the main topics for the Arctic Frontiers 2023: Moving North conference.