On Thursday 3 October, The Crown Princess attended the EU Arctic Forum in Umeå which was arranged by the Swedish Government and the European Commission.
The forum was held on 3 and 4 October, with representatives from Arctic regions and municipalities, civil society, indigenous people and industry, as well as researchers and students. The aim was to discussion international cooperation and issues relating to the climate, the environment and sustainable investments in the Arctic.
The forum began with The Crown Princess giving a speech, in which she said:
"The research station in Abisko is where I first understood – many years ago – how even Sweden faces the consequences of climate change. I wish that everyone could go there, to see with their own eyes the dramatic changes taking place in the Arctic right now. I realize, of course, that this is not an option. But what we can do, and must do, is to listen to those with first-hand knowledge."
Read the full speech here.
The EU Arctic Forum has three main components: a high-level session with participants including foreign ministers and leading international experts, an Arctic stakeholder session featuring various themed panel debates, and an indigenous people's dialogue.