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The Role of International Governance Systems in Protecting the Arctic Environment: Examining Climate Change Policy

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AbstractSince the 1990s, various international governance systems have been active in promoting the wellbeing of the northern part of the globe. The Arctic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, and the Northern Forum – three profound forms of governance – are in vogue in addressing the challenges faced by peoples residing in the Arctic. Climate change touches upon almost every issue connected to the wellbeing of the Arctic region. It also affects the primary goals and objectives of these governance systems. Over time, each initiative has developed its own climate policy. This article focuses on the climate policies of three soft-law governance systems and examines their role in addressing climate change in the Arctic.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Law, the University of RajshahiBangladeshNorthern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, the University of


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