Icelandic president gives Arctic conservation speech in Brussels

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland, gave a keynote speech on the future of the Arctic at a conference in Brussels yesterday.

Leaders and representatives of the Arctic Council member countries were present, along with political experts, scientists and media, reported.

The Icelandic President emphasised the importance of the Far North and Iceland’s emphases in the area. He especially pointed out the importance of protecting fishing grounds and stocks, and of harnessing clean energy sources.

Grimsson said in his speech that all nations of the world bear responsibility for protecting the future of the Arctic and for recognising the importance and value of the communities which have lived there for thousands of years.