National Strategy for the Arctic Region
On 10 May 2013, President Barack Obama signed the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The United States joined Arctic Council colleagues Canada, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Russia, and Sweden in articulating the country's strategic priorities for this critical region of the world.
The Administration solicited input from Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and others as it was developing the National Strategy for the Arctic. Successful implementation of the National Strategy will depend upon active engagement with Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and other key stakeholders. In particular, proceeding with the stewardship of Arctic resources under an Integrated Arctic Management approach requires meaningful, up-front input by the State, Alaska Natives, and others. As a further demonstration of its commitment to such input, Administration officials have hosted roundtable discussions in Alaska to determine how best to move forward with the implementation of the concepts laid out in this National Strategy.
A copy of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region can be found on the White House web site. In January 2014, the White House released the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, which is designed to guide Federal Departments and Agencies in implementing the plan. The Implementation Plan will be reviewed annually to ensure that the United States is prepared to respond to changes, challenges, and opportunities in the Arctic.
The National Science Foundation is pleased to have participated in the development of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The release of the Arctic Strategy is timely and builds on collaborations underway across government to identify and address priorities associated with environmental changes in this important region and implications for Arctic residents, the U.S. as an Arctic nation, and the world. One such effort is the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, which is chaired by the director of NSF. Read more about NSF Arctic activities.
Posted: 10 May 2013