The Arctic is changing. Geopolitical, geoeconomical and climatic changes are impacting this vast region to the north. 

In 2023, Norway, as one of five Arctic coastal states, is set to take over the reins of the region’s primary cooperative forum: the Arctic Council. Norway is also continuing to emphasise that its High North-region is the government’s top priority both when it comes to foreign affairs and economic development. 

Simultaneously, countries in Asia have increasingly engaged in Arctic issues over the last decade. China, Japan, Singapore and South-Korea have been focusing on business opportunities and contributing to the region’s evolving governance mechanisms. Other regional actors are also increasingly looking northwards. 

In this seminar we explore these topics further. We will examine current northern governance challenges and business opportunities, while also looking at the role of Southeast Asia in the Arctic. 


13:30 – 14:00 Intro and welcome
14:00 – 15:00 Arctic Governance and Geopolitics 
15:00 – 15:30    Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30    Arctic Business and Societal Development
16:30    Concluding remarks 

Time: 13:30 – 16:30 (Singapore Standard Time GMT+8)
Hosted by: Norwegian Embassy Singapore; Fridtjof Nansen Institute; High North Center for Business and Governance at Nord University
Venue: Norwegian Embassy Singapore / Tech-lab + online

To watch this event online, or if you are interested in participating in person, register here.

If you are interested in participating in person in Singapore, please contact Anders Edstrøm at Nord University.