On 20th Anniversary of Arctic Council, Larsen, Young Call on U.S. to ‘Fulfill its Responsibilities as an Arctic Nation’

Sep 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Don Young (R-AK) this week introduced a House Resolution to mark the 20th anniversary of the Arctic Council and to express support for the Council’s work.  

The resolution cited the Arctic Council’s vital importance in promoting international cooperation on military, environmental, economic and scientific interests shared by Arctic nations.

“The United States’ current chairmanship of the Arctic Council offers an opportunity to promote and implement our policy objectives,” the Members wrote. “The House of Representatives supports the Arctic Council’s work and remains committed to ensuring that the United States fulfills its responsibilities as an Arctic nation and asserts leadership on issues affecting the Arctic.”

The Arctic Council – which is an intergovernmental body that promotes collaboration between the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden – was established on September 19, 1996.

In 2014, Larsen and Young launched the bipartisan Congressional Arctic Working Group.

Larsen and Young are two of the House’s leading voices focused on helping raise awareness about Arctic issues – including the need for the U.S. to strengthen its fleet of polar icebreakers. In recent years, Larsen and Young have called for a number of Government Accountability Office studies regarding the Arctic (found here and here). In 2015, Larsen also requested a GAO study which revealed that the U.S. is significantly under-resourced in terms of policies and strategies related to the Arctic.

For text of the resolution click HERE.