Secretary Kerry Travels to Iqaluit

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Acting Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 17, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Iqaluit, Canada, on April 24 to attend the biennial Arctic Council Ministerial.

During the meeting, Secretary Kerry will begin a two-year term as Chairman of the Arctic Council, succeeding the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister for the Arctic Council.

Secretary Kerry will present the 2015-2017 U.S. Arctic Council chairmanship program, "One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities," to the seven other Arctic Member States and six Permanent Participants of the Council.

U.S. chairmanship priorities include addressing the impacts of climate change; Arctic Ocean safety, security and stewardship; and improving economic and living conditions for people in the Arctic.

The Ministerial meeting and a subsequent press conference will be livestreamed on the Arctic Council website:

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