Italy is about to reach a milestone: a century of scientific presence in the Arctic. Our footprint has reinforced over time, thanks to the scale and quality of the activities conducted by scientific institutions like CNR, ENEA, INGV and OGS, together with many universities and other research centers.
Accordingly, Italy aims at getting increasingly involved in all fields of Arctic cooperation, be it on a multilateral level (in the Arctic Council and in other relevant fora) or bilaterally with the Arctic States.
At domestic level, the Government will maintain its support to the national research centers currently engaged in the Arctic. Moreover, it will continue to promote growing public awareness on Arctic-related topics and will remain fully available to collaborate with citizens and other actors interested in exploring and studying the Arctic.
All Government activities will most certainly conform with the principles and goals of the European Union environmental policy as well as with all relevant international obligations, with special reference to sustainable development – that is, the compatibility and the synergistic relationship between economic growth, protection of the environment and specific needs of indigenous peoples.