On 1st and 2nd November, 2014 in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, Québec’s Premier Philippe Couillard, accompanied by Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord Pierre Arcand, presented the Plan Nord to representatives from over 40 countries at the 2014 Arctic Circle Assembly, an international forum devoted to questions related to the Arctic.
As keynote speaker at the first plenary session of the day entitled “The Plan Nord: Building together an exemplary sustainable development project.” Premier Couillard outlined Plan Nord’s key principles, which will guide the implementation of this socially and environmentally responsible economic development project. “Through the Plan Nord, we hope to develop Northern Québec’s vast potential in order to make of it an exemplary sustainable development project. It has been designed and will be carried out in a close, ongoing partnership with local communities to ensure that northern development concretely benefits the communities and protects the territory’s environment and distinctive biodiversity”, the Premier noted.
Québec International Symposium on Northern Development
This outstanding tribune was also an opportunity for Premier Couillard to announce the International Symposium on Northern Development, co-chaired by the Québec government, in collaboration with Université Laval and the Nordic Council of Ministers. The event will take place in Québec City February 25 to 27, 2015.
The Arctic Circle is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic and climate change in particular. This event facilitates working meetings across issues and organisations and provides a forum for discussions hosted by different international and Arctic institutions. The first Arctic Circle held in 2013 was attended by over 900 participants from 40 different countries and this year’s event had over 1200 participants.
Watch Premier Philippe Couillard’s Arctic Circle 2014 address: video