The President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, is currently visiting Nuuk in order to open an international Polar Law Symposium together with the Premier of Greenland, Kuupik Kleist. The symposium is being held in collaboration between the Polar Law Institute in Akureyri, University of Akureyri, both in Iceland, and Ilisimatusarfik / University of Greenland.
President Grímsson is greatly interested in climate conditions and climate change, and, therefore, he took the opportunity to request a meeting with the Greenland Climate Research Centre. During this meeting, Grímsson expressed recognition of the centre’s work. The strongly increasing expression of interest in the Arctic and in climate research, not only by countries with traditional polar ties, but especially by countries such as China, India and Korea, was discussed. This increasing interest is felt strongly in Iceland as well as in Greenland, and Grímsson recommended that the Icelandic-Greenlandic cooperation in this area be strengthened.