The effects of our changing climate are arguably more visible in the Arctic region than anywhere else on earth. Rising temperatures, shifting weather patterns and intensified natural hazards are already altering the living environment, economic basis, values and mind-sets of arctic populations. Models suggest that these trends will only intensify over the coming century.
If well-managed, these challenges can bring fresh opportunities to the region such as increased trade and access, new investments in infrastructure, the opening of new markets, and the threats can be mitigated.
Collaboration between Arctic cities, their local governments, and cultural heritage leaders is required now more than ever. Sharing knowledge, experience and practical tools on addressing key challenges can save time and resources and build solidarity among communities. At national and global level, collective lobbying can help ensure equity, safety, resilience and sustainability in the villages, towns and cities of the Arctic.
To facilitate this coordination and provide impartial advocacy and convening support, UN-Habitat is collaborating with partners in the region to advance the Arctic Resilient Cities Network (ARCN).
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