First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is undertaking a two-day visit to Iceland (12-13 October) to highlight the importance of closer links with neighbouring northern countries – particularly around the issues of climate change and economic collaboration.
On Friday the First Minister will give a keynote address at the Arctic Circle Assembly, an international cooperation network focused on a sustainable future for the Arctic region.
Her engagements in Reykjavik also include meetings with the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The visit follows the First Minister’s participation at the Assembly last year.
Speaking ahead of the visit, the First Minister said:
“I look forward to returning to Reykjavik to participate in the annual Arctic Circle Assembly, which is a dynamic gathering of governments and organisations determined to work together to bring about positive change.
“Climate change is clearly an issue that affects us all, and is a policy area where Scotland is helping to lead the way internationally. And the impact of climate change on the Arctic and the wider region, of which we are an important part, is being increasingly felt. That is why Scotland will continue to work with others and share internationally our low carbon expertise.
“There is much Scotland can gain by looking north, and we also have knowledge and insight to share with our neighbours in the region.
“As we face the growing threat of an economically damaging extreme Brexit, it is more vital than ever that we seek to build strong international links, and I am determined to do all I can to build consensus with like-minded nations.”
The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. It is an open democratic platform with participation from governments, organisations, corporations, universities, think tanks, environmental associations, indigenous communities, concerned citizens, and others interested in the development of the Arctic and its consequences for the future of the globe.