13 October 2017 - 15 October 2017
Reykjavik, Iceland

AFI at the Fifth Arctic Circle Assembly

Arctic Future Initiative AFI/IIASA breakout session at the Arctic Circle Assembly, 13-15 October 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland

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AFI/IIASA breakout session at the Arctic Circle Assembly

Objective of breakout session

The objective of the session is to present the concept of the Arctic Futures Initiative (AFI) systems perspective and approach to the Arctic Circle Assembly participants, with invitation for input from representatives of different communities: science, policy and business and civil society.


The Arctic is a rapidly changing region environmentally, socially, economically, and politically, and has become globalized. Decision makers of all types and at all scales need to reconcile continued economic development within the Arctic while safeguarding environmental and socio-cultural values and livelihoods. 

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an independent interdisciplinary scientific institute, has launched a holistic participative research project for a balanced Arctic future in a global context – the Arctic Futures Initiative (AFI), a platform for a new generation. IIASA’s mission is to provide guidance to decision makers worldwide by facilitating solutions to global and universal problems through applied systems analysis.  

The IIASA-coordinated initiative works in partnership with the Arctic Circle and others providing comprehensive analysis and synthesis for the Arctic nations and non-Arctic countries alike. AFI will utilize IIASA’s unique position and expertise, and the convening power of the Arctic Circle as a global event to 1) analyze and synthesize policies and stakeholders’ contributions; 2) communicate the enormous size, scale and global impacts of Arctic developments through systems analysis and integrative methodology; 3) obtain a systems perspective in the analysis of multi-scalar, multi-dimensional, transdisciplinary issues in the Arctic. 

Mode of breakout session

The breakout session will include a keynote presentation on the AFI concept and three presentations from different communities’ representatives.  

Main part of the session is moderated discussion, based on the introductory talks.  

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