Arctic in the House of Lords
Today I gave evidence in the Select Committee on the Arctic in the House of Lords together with the Finnish Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi and Mr Alan Kessel, Deputy High Commissioner for Canada.
The Select Committee on the Arctic has been appointed to consider recent and expected changes in the Arctic and their implications for the UK and its international relations. During the evidence session there were a number of questions relating to our priorities in the Arctic region as well as economic and industrial developments in Arctic regions – including oil, gas, mining and shipping projects and how they can be balanced with the need for environmental protection. There was also interest in security and the role of Russia in the region.
Many questions related to how indigenous people can benefit from the new economic opportunities. My key message was that Sweden wants to promote economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development throughout the Arctic region.
I was delighted to be able to assist the Committee. The Committee will submit their report by March next year.