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Published: 2019-11-14

University of the Arctic Council meeting in Stockholm

NEWS The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a non-governmental organization with more than 200 member universities, institutes and other organizations, mostly within the northern hemisphere, but members also come from China, Japan, Korea and other non-Arctic countries.

Text: Oscar Sedholm

Each year members of UArctic send delegates to the Council Meeting that this year takes place at Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) 18-20 September.

Arcum director Peter Sköld is chair of UArctic Board of Governors and presented their work during the opening day. He highlighted the legal review process that aims to give UArctic a new legal status, with the purpose to place UArctic in a stronger position when it comes to contractual capacity, fundraising & liability. He also presented the fundraising initiative that aims to develop a financially sustainable organization, and increase private giving, stable governmental support, and to build endowment. The Board of Governors also work on UArctic Strategic Plan 2030 that should be a reflection of UArctic’s vision, values, and mission, that includes goals with high level outcomes, and internal goals that address growth and development of UArctic.

On Friday 20 September a Charter will be signed to ensure that the process of establishing a legal UArctic association under the laws of Finland moves forward as planned, thereby establishing the new UArctic Association.