Political commitment and leadership are generally considered very important for the establishment and development of Arctic policy and integration in the Arctic business development. This is exactly what the global Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement, & Resilience, or just GLACIER, is all about — bringing global leadership together to focus on the Arctic to generate momentum and expedite progress in addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the region, including the transition away from fossil fuels to more renewable energy sources like wind and solar, an effort in which America is already leading.
In its two years as Chair of the Arctic Council, Sweden has contributed to strengthening cooperation within the Arctic Council. As it assumes Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, Former U.S. Ambassador in Sweden Mark Brzezinski, who is very well known in Sweden, is appointed as Executive Director of the U.S. Government’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee.
Since beginning as Ambassador Brzesinski, and Mrs. Brzezinki has advanced the relationship between U.S. and Sweden and the value that America and Sweden share, including on climate change and the the future of the Arctic. OurSharedArctic is one good example, of how the private sector might be better integrated and how to connect industry with opportunity.
Naturally, Ambassador Brzezinski’s appointment as Executive Director of the AESC underscores the importance that President Obama attaches to coordination of U.S. efforts in the Arctic. GLACIER reinforces the United States’ deep commitment to the Arctic. To further confirm the U.S. commitment Secretary of State Kerry has stated, that “Every nation that cares about the future of the Arctic has to be a leader in taking and urging others to move forward with bold initiatives and immediate, ambitious steps to curb the impact of greenhouse gases.
The issued Plan for the U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic Region, provide more detail on how to achieve the strategy’s major objectives. The Implementation Plan identifies two related areas to advance U.S. policy in the region regarding hydrocarbon development: promote Arctic oil pollution preparedness, prevention, and response internationally, and work through the Arctic Council to advance U.S. interests in the Arctic Region. With regard to the latter, the plan specifically calls for developing “a robust agenda for the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.