Just hours after the Arctic Council hosted its Fairbanks Ministerial, eleven circumpolar mayors came held a historic gathering to discuss a locally-driven future for Arctic governance.
The Arctic Mayors Roundtable served three purposes:
- to introduce and strengthen the relationships between Arctic mayors
- identify key features of Arctic communities and priorities
- develop a path forward for local government communication and international cooperation.
The Arctic is incredibly diverse, but at a local level it is clear that governments had very similar responsibilities and are connected most closely to peoples of the Arctic. The opportunity to connect with similarly focused colleagues, many of whom hadn’t met, set the stage for future cooperation.