Welcome to Alaska, the Heart of America’s Arctic ...
… on behalf of the Alaska Arctic Council Host Committee
In preparation for the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council Governor Walker initiated the formation of the Alaska Arctic Council Host Committee. This body is charged with highlighting Alaska perspectives and priorities by showcasing the state’s people and potential. The Host Committee will serve to develop a robust program designed to welcome visiting delegations, inform Alaskans of Arctic Council activities and link decision makers to the realities, richness and responsibility of Alaska’s
At no time in history has Alaska’s Arctic been as prominent in peoples’ minds as it is today. Communities and peoples, businesses, and local, state, regional and national governments around the circumpolar north are faced with increasing change and challenges, as well as opportunities. The Host Committee is made up of Alaskans who well understand change, but who also have a strong commitment to improving the quality of life of Alaskans.
The Alaska Arctic Council Host Committee provides Alaskans with an opportunity to amplify the voices of state and local government, the private sector, community leaders, and a variety of stakeholder groups. This is an opportunity for Alaska’s leadership to engage the Arctic Council on issues important to Alaska.
The Alaska Arctic Council Host Committee has developed a mutually-beneficial feedback loop between federal and state officials, and strengthened relationships with all key Arctic stakeholders. It has the potential to allow partnership opportunities to develop, with more involvement by communities, researchers and the private sector in the sustainable development of the Arctic. The Day of the Arctic in Alaska has come.