The international symposium “Arctic Connections: A trust-building Arctic cooperation on Energy, Security and Blue Economy” (October 1) brings together Arctic Council States and Observers to discuss pressing issues relating to sustainable development through Arctic infrastructure and communication, national interests and energy opportunities. The blue economy will also be part of the Conference, as a “blue thinking” approach that looks at eco-sustainability and renewable resources as an ocean of possibilities for the benefit of social and economic growth. The aim of the conference is to create synergies between the human population and environmental reactions, with a specific focus on the Arctic region. In addition to scientific cooperation, the Observer States, like Italy, can play a key role in raising awareness beyond the Arctic Circle and drawing attention to the importance Arctic climate change, and how it can affect areas outside of the Arctic. Climate change can be faced only through a sustainable development approach that includes practical aspects such as energy, security and blue economy. The symposium is jointly organized by Italian Society for International Organization SIOI and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Italy, in collaboration with the Nord University High North Center for Business and Governance.

For more information, visit www.sioi.org

"ZeroHackathon: Oceans and Polar Connections" (October 2-4) is an event aimed at youth participation. Youth are invited to develop innovative, high-impact ideas and projects to promote international cooperation, raising awareness on the most pressing issues related to oceans and poles, strengthening resilience of multi-scale changes, addressing the rapidly changing climate and the consequences of pollution, improving a safe and secure use of marine protected areas and the Arctic and Antarctic resources.

For more information, visit the official website of #ZeroHackathon at www.romunsioi.org/zerohackathon-2019.

The Arctic Awareness Week (Rome, October 1-4) is organized in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Italy, the United States Embassy to Italy, and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI) has been a member of UArctic since 2018.