1. In accordance with international law, the Parties shall facilitate participants` access to terrestrial, coastal, atmospheric and near-sea areas in the geographical areas identified for the purpose of carrying out scientific activities. Article about the agreement in Science, Witness the Arctic, Arctic Yearbook 2017 and Arctic Deeply. Recognizing the importance of maintaining peace, stability and constructive cooperation in the Arctic, the parties to the agreement are currently defining specific procedures and processes necessary for the implementation of the agreement, and a trade agreement can be established. The agreement will significantly improve practical cooperation in research, for example by facilitating authorisation procedures and thus facilitating the cross-border movement of researchers, samples and research equipment. 1. The Parties shall meet no later than one year after the entry into force of this Agreement, as convened by the Depositary and from there, in accordance with the decision of the Parties. The Parties may choose to convene such meetings in conjunction with meetings of the Arctic Council, including the invitation of permanent participants of the Arctic Council and Observers of the Arctic Council to comment and provide information. Scientific cooperation activities with non-science-related Parties in the Arctic may be taken into account when reviewing the implementation of this Agreement. If you are a U.S.-based scientist facing a challenge covered by the agreement, please contact the U.S. Arctic Research Commission by phone (703-525-0111) or email (Info [at] arctic.gov). For a map of the area covered by the agreement, please click here.
In practice, will this agreement improve scientific cooperation in the Arctic? If the intention is positive, some wonder if this will be the case since the document contains several escape clauses. A communication protocol with the contact points is being developed. It is up to you to work with your own national interlocutor, who, in turn, addresses all problems with his international colleagues. Media coverage of the agreement in EOS, Independent Barents Observer, Arctic Today, Bloomberg. Article 16 Relationship with other international agreements Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns about matters dealt with in the agreement, such as.B. Difficulties in international access to scientific research? The activities and obligations arising from this Agreement shall be governed by applicable international law and by the applicable laws, regulations, procedures and directives of the Parties concerned. For parties that have subnational governments, applicable laws, rules, procedures and guidelines include those of their subnational governments. The text is available here (US Dept. of State). More information on the agreement is available on the website of the Arctic Council Secretariat. John Farrell is executive director of the U.S.
Arctic Research Commission, an independent federal agency of presidential officials that advises the White House and Congress on Arctic issues and works with executive authorities to develop and implement a national Arctic research plan. The Commission also facilitates cooperation with local and governments and recommends funds for the development of international scientific cooperation in the Arctic. The objective of this Agreement is to strengthen cooperation in scientific activities in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the development of scientific knowledge on the Arctic. This leaves it possible to deny access, despite any efforts that fail or insufficient resources to facilitate access, or existing procedures or directives that run counter to the objectives of the agreement. . . .