Icelandic president gives rousing speech to open Arctic Circle Summit
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland speaking at the Arctic Circle Summit this morning. mbl.is/Golli
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson opened the Arctic Circle Summit in Harpa this morning. He said that this was the biggest annual gathering on matters regarding the Arctic and that he rejoiced in the fact how many representatives from different countries and the scientific community were present.
He added that over the course of two years the summit had been able to bring a new platform to the world to discuss mans actions in the Arctic regions, sending a powerful message on how to protect the area.
Over 1.900 representatives from over 50 countries registered for the summit. Amongst the events organised at the summit are a forum hosted by the World Wildlife Fund who wish to put their message across on the importance of protecting the Arctic.
President Grímsson added that science and research were a guiding light in all discussion of the Arctic Regions and that plans of setting up work teams to shape future ideas for the region were being discussed.
Prince Albert of Monaco was the next speaker and he spoke of his great grandfather Albert I who had journeyed to the Arctic four times. He added that he's fascinated by the region although it's far away from his home country.