Arctic Circle: Arctic University Cities

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Arctic Circle Breakout session organized by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland (CAPS), the University of Tromsø (UiT), and the Arctic University of Norway

Saturday 8 October 14:30-15:30 at Harpa

Cities play a crucial role in fighting climate change given the fact that urban activity accounts for around 80% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions. In order to meet commitments made by city leaders during and after the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), various non-state actors need to be brought together in a sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices to develop and implement innovative solutions, with representatives from the authorities, academia and business. In this perspective Arctic university cities make an interesting case as they are often isolated, dependent on natural resources and particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

Speakers:
Mara Kimmel

Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North, Alaska
Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen

Professor of Northern Studies and Barents Chair in Politics, University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway (UiT)

Panelists:
Anne Husbekk

Rector, University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
Dagur B. Eggertsson,

Mayor, City of Reykjavík
Jón Atli Benediktsson

Rector, University of Iceland
Lára Jóhannsdóttir

Assistant Professor, Environment and Natural Resources, School of Business, University of Iceland

Hege Kallbekken

MA Student in Political Science, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Moderator: Margrét Cela, Project Manager, Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Iceland