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The Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ACCEL), Barents Regional Youth Council, Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP), Reykjavik University, and Youth Arctic Coalition invite you to participate in a question and answer session with Admiral Robert J. Papp, U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic and the top U.S. Government Arctic official. The session will take place at the Arctic Circle Conference on Friday, October 31st from 5:00 to 6:30 PM GMT/1:00 to 2:30 PM EST and focus Arctic youth (ages 18-35). This event will be livestreamed and the moderator will field questions from a global online audience. To ask your question, join the conversation at #ArcticCircle2014.

As the leaders of tomorrow, today’s Arctic youth will face the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly developing Arctic region, ranging from economic development, geopolitical pressure, and energy extraction to environmental protection, health, food security, education, and employment. The Youth in the Arctic breakout session creates a space for young leaders to discuss these issues and more, determine priorities for their generation, and engage the leaders of today directly with their thoughts and questions.

The event will feature a Q&A session with Admiral Robert Papp, followed by round-table discussions on the issues listed above, and conclude with a debrief on the outcomes and recommendations from each table. Using a round-table format, the workshop creates a dynamic environment for dialogue, offering students and young professionals the opportunity to engage directly with leaders in their field as well as peers from around the world.

Event Date:

Friday, October 31st – 5:00 – 6:30 PM GMT/ 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Event Location:

Arctic Circle Conference, Harpa

Youth Organizations and Partners:

Allianz Foundation for North America
Arctic Circle
Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders (ACCEL)
Atlantic Council
Barents Regional Youth Council
Ecologic Institute
Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy Network
Reykjavik University
Youth Arctic Coalition



5:00 – 5:40 p.m. GMT/1:00 – 1:40 p.m. EST 
     Question and Answer:

Dr. Edvard GlücksmanAssociate Research Fellow, Environment and Sustainability Institute , University of Exeter, United Kingdom


Admiral Robert J. Papp
, U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, United States Department of State

5:40 – 6:15 p.m. GMT/ 1:40 – 2:15 p.m. EST
     Roundatable Discussions:

Table Topics:
Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
Health and Food Security
Education, Employment, and Youth Participation
Internation Security and Geopolitics
Economic Development


Sunna Kokkonen
, Chairperson, Barents Regional Youth Council

Sarah Kezia MichelleMSc, Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik University

Eleonora Milazzo,
Fellow, Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders Program (ACCEL), Atlantic Council

Dayanita Ramesh,
Fellow, Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders Program (ACCEL), Atlantic Council

Dominique Souris,
Director of Strategy and Internation Partnerships, Youth Arctic Coalition

Gerrit Wesselink,
Associate Executive Director,Youth Arctic Coalition

6:15 – 6:30 p.m. GMT/2:15 – 2:30 p.m. EST
     Discussion Debrief:

Table facilitators will present the outcomes and recommendations of their table discussions for the broader group of attendees. Recommendations will be compiled into an outcomes report for use by experts, academics, policymakers, and the public, highlighting youth perspectives on key Arctic issues.

Should you decide to participate, please come prepared with questions. Space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis. The event will begin promptly at 5:00 PM. Please RSVP directly to