Mayors from across the Arctic meet in Tromsø to Officially Open the Arctic Mayors’ Forum Secretariat

By Arctic Business Journal - January 31, 2023

Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt will officially open the Arctic Mayors’ Forum Secretariat in Tromsø during a reception at Tromsø City Hall on January 31st.  Mayors from seven of the 14 members will be present for the occasion.  Tromsø Mayor Gunnar Wilhelmsen will welcome invited guests alongside Bodø Mayor and Chair of the Arctic Mayors’ Forum Ida Maria Pinnerød who will speak about the forum.

Secretary General of the Arctic Mayors’ Forum, Patti Bruns said “We are thrilled that Minister Huitfeldt will officially open the Secretariat. We are grateful for the support that the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided us through an Arctic 2030 grant to establish a permanent presence here in Tromsø.”

The Secretariat has been granted 3 million NOK over three years.

Founding members of the Arctic Mayors’ Forum signed a declaration in October 2021 establishing the Forum as a pan-Arctic organization dedicated to ensuring the participation of mayors and elected community leaders at Arctic governance tables to safeguard the values, goals, and interests of Arctic Peoples.

Originally published on 30 January.

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