Nicola Sturgeon to speak at Arctic Circle Assembly

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The First Minister will deliver a keynote speech on Scotland’s approach to climate justice this Friday (7th October) at this year’s Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland.

The annual conference in Reykjavik is attended by around 2,000 delegates from 50 countries with an interest in the development and protection of the Arctic and its consequences for the future of the planet. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to highlight Scotland’s commitment to sustainable development and reducing emissions.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Like many countries with an interest in the Arctic, Scotland has a strong commitment to take action on climate change, one of the biggest challenges the world faces.”

The First Minister was invited to speak at the Assembly by former President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson following the Paris Climate Change talks, and will undertake a full day of meetings and engagements at the conference.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I’ll outline the steps Scotland is taking to cut emissions and how we want to use our position as a world leader to work with other like-minded countries, and limit the effects of climate change in the coming decades.”

EU members ratified the Paris Agreement last week, making steps towards a superior climate initiative.

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