A four-day live exercise, in which Iceland will take part, is currently underway on and around the coast of East Greenland as part of the Arctic Council agreement on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) in the Arctic.
The Icelandic Coast Guard. Photo by Páll Stefánsson. According to the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Icelandic Coast Guard is responsible for Iceland’s participation in the exercise but the Civil Protection, ICE-SAR, the Icelandic Red Cross and Icesavia are also taking part.
A three-day Conference of Arctic Parliamentarians (CPAR) was held in Akureyri last Wednesday. The theme of the conference was arctic governance and future developments in the Arctic Region.
At the conference, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson called for greater cooperation and concrete partnership amongst the Arctic states on issues such as the environment and search and rescue.
The Arctic Council agreement on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) was signed by all eight Arctic States last year during the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Nuuk, Greenland.
The Arctic Council has eight permanent members: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.