The Second Arctic Science Ministerial of some 20 nations, including the U.S., Russia and other coastal countries of the Arctic Ocean and non-coastal nations such as Japan, China, and the ROK, was held in Berlin on Oct. 26.
After the meeting ended, the participants issued a joint statement on strengthening cooperation in building an observation network to facilitate the effective utilization of climate and other data on the Arctic region, research on ways to contain the impact of global warming in the region, and so forth.
Japan’s proposal to co-host the third ministerial with Iceland in Japan in 2020 was also approved. This will be the first time for the meeting to be held in Asia.
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Masahiko Shibayama, who attended the ministerial, told reporters that it is significant to hold the next meeting in Japan because “we would like to call the attention of people outside the Arctic region to rights and interests and climate change in this region.”