International conference: "New chances and new responsibilities in the Arctic Region"

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and icebergs on the south coast of Iceland

Due to global warming, the Arctic Ocean is already facing pressing environmental challenges. The melting of polar ice will have far-reaching consequences for the region, making access to new resources easier as well as opening new trade routes.

The question of how cooperation can be achieved in the Arctic Ocean was the focus of the international conference "New Chances and New Responsibilities in the Arctic Region", held from March 11 to 13, 2009 in Berlin, and jointly organized by the foreign ministries of Germany, Denmark and Norway, with support from adelphi and the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg. Around 150 international participants from politics, economy and science attended the conference at the Federal Foreign Office to discuss especially the prospects for sustainable development, resource exploration and maritime traffic as well the challenges for international law in this region.

Publications of this project

  • Shifting Bases, Shifting Perils – A Scoping Study on Security Implications of Climate Change for the OSCE Region

    Maas, Achim; Chad Briggs, Vicken Cheterian, Kerstin Fritzsche, Bernice Lee, Cleo Paskal, Dennis Tänzler and Alexander Carius 2010: Shifting Bases, Shifting Perils. A Scoping Study on Security Implications of Climate Change for the OSCE Region. Berlin: adelphi/ Chatham House/ CIMERA.
  • The Challenge of Climate Security in the Arctic Region

    Tänzler, Dennis 2009: The Challenge of Climate Security in the Arctic Region. In: Heidelberg Journal of International Law (HJIL) 69:3, pp. 695-703.