For the Assembly's first-ever conference focusing specifically on Northern issues, over 80 parliamentarians from across the OSCE area gathered in Tromso, Norway 12-13 May 2005. OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Members from 26 states, including both northern and southern OSCE regions, met at the invitation of the Norwegian Delegation to the OSCE PA. This conference, titled, 'The High North - Environment, Security and Co-operation,' was organized by the OSCE PA to highlight the links between environmental concerns and security challenges in the Arctic region. Presentations and discussion throughout the conference examined the potential dangers to local and international stability of environmental stress, as well as the improved relations that can develop from co-operation on environmental affairs.