RESOLUTION ON THE ARCTIC

    1. Taking note of the OSCE PA's 2010 Oslo Declaration Resolution on the Arctic,
    2. Taking note of the development in the Arctic Region as a zone of peace and stability, where solutions to challenges are found through co-operative relationships and good will, in a peaceful manner,
    3. Acknowledging an ever-changing Arctic and the need for further strengthened co operation in the fields of environmental and civil security, and being aware that maritime safety requires broad regional and international collaboration,
    4. Noting the substantial progress that has been made to strengthen Arctic co-operation, and acknowledging the leadership of the Arctic Council in taking concrete action to respond to new challenges and opportunities,
    5. Acknowledging that responsible development of the rich natural resources of the Arctic is vital in building sustainable Arctic societies,
    6. Recognizing that climate change in the region might lead to the need for more crisis management in extreme weather situations and adaptation to a new climate,
    7. Welcoming that co-operation in the Arctic is characterised by a low level of conflict and a broad mutual understanding, in spite of considerable challenges,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Urges participating States to support the Arctic Council's Kiruna Declaration, and encourages further co-operation within the framework of the Arctic Council;
    2. Encourages involved parties to continue activities and co-operation in the Arctic according to international law, including UN-conventions and other international agreements;
    3. Urges participating States to support the ongoing work of the International Maritime Organization to develop a mandatory polar code on shipping;
    4. Urges participating States to be aware of the fact that the economic potential of the Arctic, as well as new routes of transport, have opened up for new types of strategic and security policy opportunities and challenges, and that these challenges of overlapping claims might be a future security risk.