The Contribution of Space Technologies to Arctic Policy Priorities

Agreement on Cooperation on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue in the Arctic Policy Implications Sovereignty

No implications. The delimitation of search and rescue regions is not related to and shall not prejudice the delimitation of any boundary between States or their sovereignty, sovereign rights or jurisdiction. Increased safety. Overall improved search and rescue response through cooperation and coordination of appropriate assistance to those in distress due to small or large incidents




Economic Development


Indigenous and Social Development

Not specific but improved search and rescue response and assistance to those in distress

Each Party will promote the establishment, operation and maintenance of an adequate and effective search and rescue capability (Rescue Coordination Centers = RCCs) within its area. The RCCs need to: yy Be able to assess and monitor meteorological conditions yy Be able to assess and monitor oceanographic conditions yy Be able to find locate and monitor the person/craft in distress yy Have adequatemeans of communication, including the use of alternativemeans of communications for handling communication overloads during major search and rescue operations yy Have the means (equipment, facility, trained people) to carry out search and rescue operations

Capability Requirements

Information on: yy Communication systems details yy Search and rescue facilities yy Available airfields and ports and their refueling and resupply capabilities

Information Requirements

yy Fuelling, supply and medical facilities yy Meteorological conditions and forecast yy Oceanographic conditions and forecast yy Distribution of sea ice and forecast yy Accurate positioning of aircrafts and vessels yy Location of refueling and medical facilities and supplies

B.2.6 C169 Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 – ILO169 C169 Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 – ILO169 Facts in Brief

Jurisdiction: Several States, but of the Arctic States only Denmark and Norway. Responsible Organizations: The respective governments/appointed governmental authority of Denmark and Norway. The governmental authority responsible for the matters covered in this Convention shall ensure that agencies or other appropriate mechanisms exist to administer the programmes affecting the peoples concerned, and shall ensure that they have the means necessary for the proper fulfillment of the functions assigned to them. Status: The convention came into effect in 1991. Today it is ratified by 22 States – Norway ratified in 1990 and Denmark ratified in 1996. Type: A legally-binding international convention, open to ratification. Coverage: Within the Arctic, indigenous peoples able to use this instrument are limited to Greenlandic Inuit and Sami of Norway. Web link: This instrument is specifically aimed at protecting the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples and guaranteeing respect for their integrity by: yy Overcoming discrimination and ensuring that indigenous peoples benefit on an equal footing in the national society. yy Ensuring that indigenous peoples can develop their social and cultural identity, customs, traditions and institutions, in accordance with their own aspirations.

Policy Objectives


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