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The Alaskan Arctic: A Summit on Shipping and Ports
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Thank you for your interest in The Alaskan Arctic: A Summit on Shipping and Ports held on August 23–25, 2015, at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska.

The purpose of the meeting was to build partnerships to develop safe and reliable shipping through the Alaskan Arctic. These partnerships will be necessary to finance needed ports of refuge, search and rescue equipment, transshipment facilities and icebreakers. At the same time, the interests of local and indigenous residents must be an integral part of any development planning.

The meeting focused on the following topics:

» Developing safe and reliable shipping practices to protect the hunting and fishing activities of our residents and our environment

» Exploring public-private cooperation models to produce the necessary infrastructure investments

» Establishing a task force to offer global shippers a regular, safe and reliable shipping system

The summit was hosted by Alice Rogoff, publisher of Alaska Dispatch News, along with various partners, including President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland and Mead Treadwell, president of Pt Capital and former Alaska lieutenant governor.

This gathering built on the success of the Arctic Imperative Summits convened in Alaska in 2011 and 2012 and the Arctic Circle Assemblies in Iceland in 2013 and 2014. It was convened under the umbrella of the Arctic Circle as the first in a series of issues-based forums held around the world.

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