The US is Chair of the Arctic Council—an intergovernmental body to promote international cooperation and advance Arctic issues—until 2017. The Arctic matters for our economy, security and environmental well-being as a country. The Arctic is increasingly opening up to shipping and tourism traffic. The region is a growing focal point of international cooperation as more countries take an interest in the region. And, it is experiencing dramatic environmental effects of climate change.
To learn more about US priorities in the Arctic and the progress made during the US Arctic Council chairmanship, please join us on June 7 at 2:00pm in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building.
- Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Chair, Arctic Executive Steering Committee
- Dr. Adrianna Muir, Deputy Senior Arctic Official, US Department of State
- Mr. David Kennedy, Senior Advisor for the Arctic Region, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Captain David C. Barata, US Coast Guard
The Arctic Working Group seeks to help members of Congress better understand the opportunities and challenges for the US as an Arctic nation. Please join us for what we hope will be an informative presentation, open to staff, interns and the interested public. If you have any questions, would like to attend, or if you would like to join the Arctic Working Group, please contact Kim Conrad of Rep. Larsen’s staff atkim.conrad [at] mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2605, or Alex Ortiz of Rep. Young’s staff at alex.ortiz [at] mail.house.gov or (202) 225-5765.