September 16, 2019
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 In Arctic Circle Resource Exploitation

Country: United States of America
Delegate Name: Shiva Rajan

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Arctic Circle Resource Exploitation
United States of America
Shiva Rajan
Forest Hills Eastern

The Arctic Circle is a large area that provides valuable resources and land. With the technologically innovative world, the need for resources is increasing. There is simply a shortage of resources and land to sustain proper growth and this has led to global issues such as climate change. With over 25% of global resources located in the Arctic region, it has been an area of conflict for multiple countries. With nations growing and developing, the Arctic Circle has become an area of interest. The Arctic Circle holds large quantities of unused natural gas and oils, and over the last two decades, the Arctic Circle region has been exploited for these resources. This extraction for oils and gasses has led to the increase in Arctic temperatures.

The United States is a member of the Arctic Council. The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum that discusses and takes action on issues related to the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle consists of nations such as: United States, Russia, Canada, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark. In May 2013, The Arctic Council signed the Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response Agreement which ensured cooperation, coordination, and mutual work among the council on oil damages and protection of the Arctic marine environment. In 2017, The Council signed the Arctic Science Agreement which provided better assistance and improvements for Arctic research and development. This agreement has opened an opportunity to create new ways to research and preserve the Arctic region and new ways to develop awareness and education on Arctic topics.

As a core member of the Arctic Five and the Arctic Council, the United States would support possible solutions to this keen issue and join with any nations that are equally interested in reducing this problem. The United States would like to discuss and form new ways to combat this issue and form an innovative solution to this extraction problem. Additionally, the United States would like to pass a resolution to solve this problem.

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