International Organizations and Associations

International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

The International Arctic Science Committee is a non-governmental organization that aims to encourage, facilitate and promote cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region. Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge multi-disciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.

International Arctic Social Science Association (IASSA)

International Arctic Social Science Association is a non-governmental organization. Among key objectives of IASSA are to promote and stimulate international cooperation and to increase the participation of social scientists in national and international arctic research; to promote communication and coordination with other related organizations; and to promote mutual respect, communication, and collaboration between social scientists and the peoples of the north, while recognizing these are not mutually exclusive groups.

It also provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Arctic Council and other organizations on issues of science affecting the management of the Arctic region.

Arctic Council

High level intergovernmental forum to provide a means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, with the involvement of the Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

EU Arctic Policy

News and events concerning EU Arctic Policy

Russian Geographical Society

The Russian Geographical Society is the oldest scientific organization in Russia that has been uniting professional geographers and other scientists, public figures and geography buffs since 1845. Today the Society plays a vital role in developing Russian science and education, promoting ecogeographical knowledge and supporting principles of sustainable development in Russia. Conservation and studying Russian natural resources, exploring the vast variety of flora and fauna, developing Russian geographical research are very important goals aimed at developing the environmental responsibility of the society and promoting sustainable growth.

Association of Polar Earlier Career Scientists (APECS)

APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere.


WWF is the only NGO that has united the efforts of 8 Arctic countries through its national offices in USA, Canada, Norway, Denmark (Greenland), Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Iceland Nature Conservation Association.

Barents Euro-Arctic Council

Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) is the forum for intergovernmental and interregional cooperation in the Barents Region.

Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic Council of Ministers is the forum for Nordic governmental co-operation. The Prime Ministers have the overall responsibility for Nordic Co-operation. In practice, responsibility is delegated to the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation and to the Nordic Committee for Co-operation, which co-ordinates the day-to-day work of the official political Nordic co-operation.

International Antarctic Institute

The International Antarctic Institute (IAI) is a global consortium of universities and agencies that provide university-level education and conduct research in Antarctica.

Inuit Circumpolar Council

Inuit Circumpolar Council is a major international non-government organization representing approximately 150,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia). The organization holds Consultative Status II at the United Nations.

Updated 26.04.2013