The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is announcing the thematic Arctic Month, running from 28 January to 28 February. Over one month, various Arctic-themed events are organised with partners and other state authorities, accompanied by topical articles and social media posts. Estonia is applying for observer status on the Arctic Council in 2021 to participate in discussions on the sustainable development of the Arctic at an international forum. The activities of the thematic month aim to show the public why everyone should care about what is happening in the Arctic and why it is also important for Estonia to take a more active role in solving the issues of the Arctic.
Events north of the Arctic Circle may seem distant and strange, yet the region called the Arctic is actually close to Estonia in many ways. As the Arctic is the site of accelerated climate change, changes in its climate regime and ecosystem have an indirect impact on the entire planet. The Arctic is the litmus test and early warning system for climate change. Estonia has historic ties with the Arctic and the region is firmly established in the popular imagination of Estonians. As a close neighbour of the Arctic that feels the immediate impact of climate change, Estonia has the responsibility and opportunity to have a say in how the region develops and contribute to its sustainable development. Estonian scientists have been studying the Arctic for decades and for entrepreneurs, this harsh region holds challenges as well as opportunities to be among those who can offer potential solutions.
- 28/01 Public hearing at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) on Estonia’s observer status application; re-watch HERE (in Estonian)
- 01/02 The Foreign Minister took part in a session dedicated to social issues at the Arctic Frontiers conference, full statement HERE
- 16/02 Polar Forum at the Seaplane Harbour in Tallinn organised in cooperation with the Estonian Polar Club; public live stream, more information HERE (in Estonian)
- 27/02 Celebrating the International Polar Bear Day at the Tallinn Zoo