The Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER)

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 23, 2015


The U.S. Department of State will host a major event in Anchorage, Alaska on August 30-31, 2015 entitled the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER). GLACIER will focus the world’s attention on the most urgent issues facing the Arctic today and provide an unprecedented opportunity for foreign ministers and key stakeholders to define the region’s most crucial challenges; highlight innovative ways in which these challenges can be addressed at the local, national and international levels; and broaden global awareness of the impacts of Arctic climate change.

The State Department has invited foreign ministers and high-level leaders from the seven other Arctic nations as well as countries and intergovernmental bodies with strong interests in the Arctic, including Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union. Cabinet-level U.S. Government officials will also be invited. Leading policy makers, indigenous leaders and influential public and private sector representatives from Alaska, the Arctic region and around the world are also expected to attend.

GLACIER is being organized and implemented by the U.S. Department of State with strong support and cooperation from across the U.S. Government. On July 17, 2015 the White House announced that President Obama will address the GLACIER conference.

For further details, please visit 2009-2017.state.gov/glacier and follow us on Twitter at @USArctic and #GLACIER. You may also call the Press Office at (202) 647-2492, contact Erin Robertson at (907) 538-1125 or send an email to GLACIER-Press@state.gov.