François Hollande to attend Arctic Circle this weekend

This weekend, the future of the Arctic is the topic …

This weekend, the future of the Arctic is the topic of discussion by world leaders at Harpa concert hall and conference centre. Kristinn Ingvarsson

The Arctic Circle assembly takes place this weekend at Harpa concert hall and conference centre with over 1.800 participants. Among the speakers at the opening tomorrow are President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Prince Albert of Monaco, Quebec PM Philippe Couillard and French President François Hollande will be arriving straight from a European Council meeting of EU leaders. 

Other speakers include Artur Chilingarov, special representative of Vladimir Putin, Carter Robers, President of the World Wildlife Fund and Okalik Eegeesiak director of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be making a video speech from China. 

The Arctic Circle is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. 

The annual Arctic Circle Assembly has become the largest international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 1500 participants from close to 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. In addition, the Arctic Circle organizes smaller forums on specific subjects, such as the 2015 forums in Alaska and Singapore, and the 2016 forums in Québec and Greenland. 

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