in the Begon), contribute to and build on existing cooperation and strive to develop and strengthen international scientific cooperation in the Arctic, 1. The parties can continue to strengthen and facilitate cooperation with non-party parties with respect to Arctic science. The U.S. Secretary of State and the foreign ministers of the other seven Arctic governments signed the agreement on improving international scientific cooperation in the Arctic on May 11, 2017 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The agreement facilitates the access of scientists from the eight Arctic governments to the Arctic areas identified by each government, including the entry and exit of people, equipment and materials; Access to research infrastructure and facilities and access to data. The agreement also encourages parties to promote educational, career and training opportunities and encourages activities related to traditional and local knowledge. The agreement came into force on May 23, 2018. The text can be found here (U.S. Department of State). For more information on the agreement, click here on the website of the Arctic Council secretariat. Recognizing the important scientific expertise and invaluable contributions of non-parties, particularly permanent Arctic Council participants and Arctic Council observers to scientific activities, The agreement comes into force today, May 23, 2018, an occasion to be celebrated at an event in Ilulissat, Greenland.
This means that the provisions of the agreement are now final and will begin to provide concrete support for scientific activities in the Arctic, for example by facilitating access to research areas for maritime and air data collection, supporting full and open access to scientific data, and encouraging education and career development for students and young scientists. For more information on the Scientific Cooperation Agreement and the Arctic Council, see arctic-council.org/index.php/en/our-work2/8-news-and-events/488-science-agreement-entry-into-force. In particular, the agreement encourages traditional and local knowledge holders to participate in scientific activities under the agreement. “participants,” the scientific and technological departments and agencies of the contracting parties, research centres, universities and universities, as well as contractors, fellows and other partners who act with or on behalf of either contracting party and who participate in scientific activities under this agreement; No provision of this agreement should be interpreted to alter the rights or obligations of a party under other relevant international instruments or international law.