6 September 2010 - NATO PA MEMBERS VISIT GREENLANDIC ICE CAP
The High North region is increasingly gaining international attention as a potentially vital strategic area. In order to assess developments in the region and their global impact, 24 members of the parliaments of 15 different NATO nations travelled to Denmark, Greenland and Iceland August 30 to September 4, for a series of briefings and site visits that demonstrated the unique challenges presented by Arctic conditions as well as the environmental and geopolitical trends that will have ramifications ranging far beyond the high north.
The Delegation was composed of members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Co-operation, led by Sub-Committee Chair Senator Joseph A. Day (
Intended to inform the activities of parliamentarians in the Assembly context as well as in their national capacities, the visit’s findings will feed directly into the 2010 report of the Sub-Committee, entitled “Security at the Top of the World: is there a role for NATO in the High North?,” presented by the Sub-Committee’s Rapporteur, Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir (Iceland).
“This visit opened our eyes to some important developments in the high north that we will all have to deal with in the years to come,” said Sub-Committee Chairman Joseph Day (
“We must make sure that we take advantage of the opportunities presented by climate change in a responsible manner,” Sub-Committee Rapporteur, Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir (
Members on the Greenlandic ice cap
A detailed report can be found here.