Hillary Clinton is planning her first trip to Norway as U.S. Secretary of State, and will come to northern Norway in June, according to NRK.
Clinton will visit Bodø, Tromsø or Kirkenes during her time in the Norwegian Arctic. The trip provides a very important opportunity for Norway and the United States, who are NATO allies, to strengthen their relationship in the area of northern issues.
Clinton came to Norway in 2004 to visit Svalbard and observe the effects of climate change on the Arctic.
The U.S. Secretary of State has spoken many times on environmental issues and is involved in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a global effort launched in February 2012 to fight climate change and strengthen energy security.
As U.S. Secretary of State, Clinton’s job invoves “acting as the President’s representative at all international forums; negotiating treaties and other international agreements, and conducting everyday, face-to-face diplomacy,” according to the state department’s website.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.