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News Release

Minister Aglukkaq to Meet with Polar Bear Range States in Russia

MOSCOW, Russia – December 2, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, will lead the Canadian delegation at the 40th Anniversary of the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears in Moscow, Russia, from December 4-6, 2013.

“Our Government is committed to proper conservation of the polar bear, while ensuring that the rights of Aboriginal peoples who continue to rely on the polar bear for food, clothing and livelihood are maintained and respected,” said Minister Aglukkaq.

The Polar Bear Range States (Canada, the United States, Norway, Russia, and the Kingdom of Denmark), who represent the parties to the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears meet biennially to advance polar bear management and conservation. To celebrate 40 years of cooperation, this year’s meeting will open with a high-level session on December 4, which will be followed by technical discussion on December 5 on polar bear conservation efforts at a circumpolar scale.

While in Russia, Minister Aglukkaq will also engage with senior Russian interlocutors and business representatives on cooperation during Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship.

Canada assumed the two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in May 2013. The theme for Canada’s Chairmanship is Development for the People of the North, with a focus on responsible Arctic resource development, safe Arctic shipping and sustainable circumpolar communities.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Kennedy
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment

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