01 December 2015
IIASA, Gvishiani Room,
Laxenburg, Schlossplatz 1, 2361 Laxenburg

Holistic Integration and Governance Challenges for the Arctic

In responding to the new Arctic Ocean, we have opportunity to address trans boundary issues, impacts and resources in a sustainable manner that will resonate with hope and inspiration globally. Such sustainability involves iteration to balance economic prosperity, environmental protection and societal well-being, recognizing the urgencies of today as well as the needs of future generations. Critically, sustainability involves balancing national interests and common interests to promote cooperation and prevent conflict in the lasting interests of all.

© Photo: Rod Rolle

© Photo: Rod Rolle

The Lecture is hosted by:

Professor Paul Arthur Berkman Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tufts University


An important step toward sustainable development in the Arctic Ocean is to build holistic processes that are international, interdisciplinary and inclusive.  International involves Arctic coastal and non-coastal states as well as indigenous peoples along with non-Arctic states and civil society more broadly.  Interdisciplinary involves geospatial data from the natural and social sciences along with stakeholder perspectives and written documents that underlie governance across diverse jurisdictional levels.  Inclusion is open-ended.  Integrating this complexity of information provides a framework to reveal options (as opposed to recommendations) for sustainable development in the Arctic Ocean, contributing to informed decision-making without advocacy.


The Arctic Ocean region is entering a new phase, from research on sustainable development as a common arctic issue to investment in sustainable infrastructure development on a pan-Arctic scale.  Thinking holistically, infrastructure involves the combination of fixed, mobile, and other built assets (including communications, research, observ­ing and information systems) plus regulatory, policy, and other governance mechanisms (including insurance).  Responding to the risks and opportunities, science is a tool of diplomacy to achieve balance for sustainability in the new Arctic Ocean and across the Earth.

Program: Tuesday 1 December 2015 at 12:00-13:00 followed by Sandwich lunch in the Wodak conference area.
RSVP by November 27, 2015: Email: Katica De Pascale

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