Recommendations for the U.S. Arctic Council Chairmanship
Enhancing Policy Focus on Arctic Health and Well-Being
The Arctic region—a semi-frozen ocean surrounded by land—is home to 4 million people. The Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum to discuss Arctic issues, is a unique forum that brings governments and representatives from the region’s indigenous communities together to discuss environmental protection and sustainable development in the Arctic. Arctic peoples—their health, food security, environmental sustainability, resilience, and economic well-being—remain at the center of Arctic policymaking. The United States is an Arctic nation by virtue of Alaska. And when the United States speaks about Arctic issues, it is speaking about the health and economic well-being of over 736,000 Alaskans.