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Covid-19 in the Arctic: Briefing Document for Senior Arctic Officials, Senior Arctic Officials’ executive meeting Iceland, 24-25 June 2020

Arctic Council, 2020.
Academic editor: E. K. Sveinbjarnardóttir, K. Baer.

The Arctic Council is well-positioned to play a leadership role in better understanding the impact of Covid-19 in the Arctic and spearheading activities to respond to the pandemic in the short-, medium- and longer-term. This briefing document was prepared to inform initial discussions regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the Arctic at the Senior Arctic Officials’ executive meeting (SAOX) on 24-25 June 2020. It draws together available information – to date (June 2020) – about the impact of Covid-19 in the Arctic: Briefing Document for SAOs June 2020 For public release Page 10 of 83 Covid-19 and the actions taken to respond in the Arctic region. The document draws from a wide spectrum of sources, reflecting the complex and intricate nature of how Covid-19 affects Arctic peoples and communities, including national and subnational statistical databases and tools, peer-reviewed articles, policy statements, technical guidelines, field surveys, and local observations from Arctic communities.

Covid-19 in the Arctic: Briefing Document for Senior Arctic Officials, Senior Arctic Officials’ executive meeting Iceland, 24-25 June 2020