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Science Diplomacy in 2017 : Happy New Year! It’s time to take a look back on our 2017 major milestones. For the Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), 2017 has been a busy year.

Here are seven highlights:

1. Arctic Council Leadership

In May, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among Arctic nations and communities on common Arctic issues. As the chair of the Arctic Council, the United States convened the foreign ministers of the Arctic states, together with delegations from the Arctic Council’s indigenous Permanent Participant organizations and observer states and organizations.  At the meeting the Arctic Council reaffirmed its commitment to maintain peace, stability, and constructive cooperation in the Arctic, and the eight Arctic States signed the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation, which will facilitate scientists’ access to Arctic research areas. Read more

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n May, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among Arctic nations and communities on common Arctic issues. As the chair of the Arctic Council, the United States convened the foreign ministers of the Arctic states, together with delegations from the Arctic Council’s indigenous Permanent Participant organizations and observer states and organizations.  At the meeting the Arctic Council reaffirmed its commitment to maintain peace, stability, and constructive cooperation in the Arctic, and the eight Arctic States signed the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation, which will facilitate scientists’ access to Arctic research areas

n May, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among Arctic nations and communities on common Arctic issues. As the chair of the Arctic Council, the United States convened the foreign ministers of the Arctic states, together with delegations from the Arctic Council’s indigenous Permanent Participant organizations and observer states and organizations.  At the meeting the Arctic Council reaffirmed its commitment to maintain peace, stability, and constructive cooperation in the Arctic, and the eight Arctic States signed the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation, which will facilitate scientists’ access to Arctic research areas