The Panel Discussion on Sustainable Development is being organized as part of the UArctic Assembly 2023. Please register via the registration form.


Wednesday, 24 May 2023
Location: Pavillion Désjardins 4512, Université Laval
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 o'clock

Join a fascinating panel discussion on different issues related to sustainable development and climate changes in the northern and Arctic regions.

Our civilization will not be able to wean itself off fossil fuels in time to avoid severe warming of the world's oceans and lower atmosphere. It is now clear that northern terrestrial and marine environments are rapidly and severely affected by the climate changes of the Anthropocene. This redraws the contours of social and economic development in the North. It also dramatically affects "southern" regions.

In addition to the impact of climate change, there is global population growth and an increased demand for resources. At the same time certain northern regions remain socially and economically underdeveloped.

It is fundamental to consider a harmonious and sustainable development of the northern and Arctic regions in order to manage the opportunities that arise from, for example, new shipping lanes and access to a new Blue Economy, to name a few.

Audience members will have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments following the panel discussion.

Chair of the Panel: Lars Kullerud, President of UArctic


  • Jean Lemire, Commissioner for Climate Change and Northern and Arctic Issues, Government of Québec
  • Sophie D’Amours, Rector, Université Laval
  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Lena Maria Nilsson, Umeå University
  • Representative of Government of Canada (to be confirmed)
  • Student panelist (to be confirmed)

Please visit the event website for more information and for registration