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1 Arctic Dialogue-Greenland Nuuk, September 2011 Conference and workshop Presentation to Arctic Dialogue 2012 Samo Nielsen, Social Science graduate student Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland

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3 Arctic Dialogue – Greenland 2011 Arctic Dialogue-Greenland proceedings Findings Next steps

4 Where, what and who Host: Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland Place: Ilimmarfik, University Campus, Nuuk, Greenland Conference: 24th and 25th of September Around 100 people participated Theme: Path forward for a sustainable development with a focus on Greenland’s nascent oil and gas industry Workshop: 26th of September Around 20 stakeholder represenatives participated in the workshop Priming the Roadmap, a sustainable development focusing on Greenland’s oil and gas industry

5 AD-G Conference objectives Birger Poppel: the objectives of the conference to discuss and conclude: contributions to capacity building in Greenland; quantifying the needs in terms of skills and education; social and cultural impacts of resource development; “lessons-learned” from other Arctic extractive industries.

6 Opening remarks Premier of Greenland Kuupik Kleist discussed the need for economic self- sufficiency, skills development and the creation of a transparent society and his beliefs that Greenland will be recognized as a pioneer of sustainable development.

7 AD-G Session themes Greenland’s Educational, Entrepreneurial and Technical Needs Health, Safety and the Environment, and Developing Greenlandic Capacity for Assessing, Understanding, Mitigating and Managing Risk Past as Prologue The Consultation Process and Stakeholder Engagement Stakeholder Workshop

8 Statements on the role of further education in Greenland University of Greenland, established in 1980’s is traditionally need-driven contextual understanding is the key of development of education in Greenland Nation-building; common language, common, common history, common traditional culture this way strengthening the national identity

9 Statements on the role of further education in Greenland With the newly established Self Government there is a change of perspective: from national identity to sovereignty and from nation-building to state formation - although a distant goal;

10 Economic development, sovereignity and education The annual block grant from Denmark is part of the Greenlandic economic base Economic development is thus, not only a matter of welfare but also sovereignty Extractive industries can become instrumental in the proces of further economic development --> Need of highly skilled labor For the University of Greenland, this means focus on ‘need-driven’ education, new study programs In humanities, and the social natural and technical sciences parallel to the development of extractive industries

11 Statements/Findings Arctic Engineering (a part of the Danish Technical Uiversity) is necessary in developing more Greenlandic based approaches that include Greenland values and needs An increased focus on the sciences in the primary school system is imperative A more general focus on competence building is needed for the workforce directly employed in the industry, at suppliers, administration and at local service facilities

12 Key concepts for further discussions Readiness for cooperation, Careful planning, Partnerships, Involvement, responsibility for each other and the environment, Mutual beneficial, International standards, Learning from past mistakes, Preparing for the worst, Risk management, Risk culture,

13 Key concepts for further discussions Holistic view of the ecosystem, Working together, Stakeholder cooperation, Improving our knowledge, Active participation, Realistic assessment, Public consultation, Additional methods, Local coordinator, Emergency response system

14 Arctic Dialogue – Greenland 2001 Workshop Workshop “Priming the Roadmap, sustainable development focusing on Greenland’s oil and gas industry.” Two groups (with facilitators): 1. group: identifying barriers and hindrances and 2. group: identifying three crucial roadmap- elements

15 Arctic Dialogue – Greenland 2001 Workshop Workshop participants - NGOs, Industry and others participating in the working groups: Hunters’ and Fishermen’s Association, KNAPK, Greenland Academics Association (ASG) ExxonMobil Earth Charter Statoil Cairn Energy Ministry of Domestic Affairs, Nature and Environment Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Municipality - Qeqqata Kommunia Greenland Association of Municipalities, KANUKOKA

16 Arctic Dialogue – Greenland 2001 Workshop Workshop participants - NGOs, Industry and others participating in the working groups ( continued ): Vermont Law School Oceans North Canada Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq Mærsk Oil Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Shell National Workers Union (SIK) Environmental Association, Norway, Norges Naturvernforbund Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) 1. Andrew Browning, HBW Resources/University of Nordland – Facilitator

17 Recommendations Group 1 recommendations for tasks to be further elaborated: 1. Logistics - interpretation, transport, translation 2. Need for political leadership 3. Lack of recognition and identification of local skills and knowledge 4. Lack of coordination between government/industry and public or NGO’s

18 Recommendations Group 2 recommendations for tasks to be further elaborated: 1. Involvement of the public 2. Education 3. Baseline Data

19 Next steps Dialogue Greenland conference in Greenlandic – in 2012: Greenlandic NGOs and other stakeholders (the follow up conference is supported by key NGOs and companies) New education programs at Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland: 1. Interpreter and business language education (start September 1, 2012) 2. Resource management education (in preparation)

20 For further information/details: Birger Poppel: Samo J. Nielsen: Thanks to the AD-G -sponsors: Cairn Energy; Statoil; Shell; Nuna Oil A/S; Exxon Mobile; Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, ASRC; Tele-Post Greenland A/S


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