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Arctic Environmental Protection, Arctic Contaminants Action Program, Environment and Energy Law


Regional initiatives relevant to Arctic environmental protection in the past year occurred mainly through the Arctic Council. The twelfth ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council was held on 20 May in Reykjavík, Iceland, and the Council’s six working groups continued their cooperative projects and publications. Documentation from the ministerial meeting and working group meetings may be found on the Council’s website.

International activities of further note occurred in other venues. These activities included working through the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to ban the carriage for use as fuel of heavy fuel oil by ships in Arctic waters; advancing implementation of the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean; promoting environmental cooperation through the Barents Euro-Arctic Council; and convening the fourteenth Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region.