Arctic Connections

Our Initiatives

Since Italy was admitted to the Arctic Council as Permanent Observer in 2013, SIOI has carried out an active role in training youth on Arctic issues, fostering events and initiatives in collaboration with the Italian Institutions and the Embassies of the Arctic States in Italy.

Since 2016, SIOI and UNITELMA Sapienza – University of Rome – in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, organize the first -and unique in Italy- Master Degree on Sustainable Development, Geopolitics of Resources and Arctic Studies.

In light of these initiatives, on September 3rd, 2018, SIOI was officially admitted by unanimous vote to the UArctic (University of the Arctic), in occasion of the meeting of the UArctic Council in Oulu (Finland). SIOI is the first Italian Institution to be admitted in the Network and the first of the Mediterranean area. UArctic is the prestigious network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations involved in education and research in and of the Arctic region. It works through the sharing of programs, resources and expertise to promote education and knowledge of the High North.

Furthermore, SIOI regularly participates at the Arctic Table, an open-ended consultation group on the Arctic, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is currently composed of 25 members from academia, research and business. The aim of the Arctic Table is to maintain a permanent contact between the main national actors involved, in different ways, in Arctic issues.

Thanks to an agreement between the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Rome and the High North Center for Business and Governance – Nord University (Bodø, Norway), and with the sponsorship of Eni Spa, SIOI organized the International Symposium, “Arctic Connections: Italy and Norway in the Arctic between cooperation and future challenges”, on September 18th 2018. The event is part of a wider SIOI project, “Arctic Connections”, which aims to strengthen bilateral relations with the Member States and Observers of the Arctic Council, identifying possible common areas of cooperation and dialogue.

Through this initiative, SIOI also aims to raise awareness among the new generations and public opinion on the importance of a sustainable economic growth and on the consequences of climate change that affect the entire planet.


The Italian Society for International Organization – SIOI and Unitelma Sapienza, in agreement with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation  and the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, organizes the Master Degree in Sustainable Development, Geopolitics of resources and Arctic Studies.

The Master’s course aims to create high qualified professionals that could be relevant for the Institutions, the area of consulting and services, industry, environmental management bodies, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions and, in general, for all those public or private organizations related to environmental managament in fragile ecosystems like the Arctic.
This master is adressed to graduates of all academic elds, executives and functionaries of the civil and military Public Admistrations, of – cials from embassies, directors and commissionaires of the private sector, with a good knowledge of the English language

ARCTIC CONNECTIONS 2018 – Italy and Norway in the Arctic

International Symposium


Italy and Norway in the Arctic: between cooperation and future challenges

SIOI – Rome | Tuesday 18th September 2018, h.9.30 am – 5.00 pm

SIOI – UNA Italy  and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Italy, in collaboration with the High North Center for Business and Governance – Nord University (Bodø), launch the International Symposium “Arctic connections: Italy and Norway in the Arctic between Cooperation and Future Challenges” sponsored by ENI Spa.

The Conference’s topics will be related to the geopolitics of resources and transport, to the Arctic governance and sustainable economic development with the aim of stimulating a closer collaboration between Italy and Norway through the evaluation of common synergies.

Arctic Connection Programme

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ONE ARCTIC 2017 – The SIOI international youth simulation of the Arctic Council

Building on the concept of Model UN, ONE ARCTIC is a simulation of the Arctic Council intended to give students the possibility to play a leading role in the conducting and decision-making of one of the most advanced intergo- vernmental forum, following the mechanism of negotiations and the o cial rules of procedure.

“One Arctic” engaged students aged 17-30 across the circumpolar north and beyond in a collaborative educational experience that was held at SIOI premises from 2nd to 5th of May 2017. Participants representing Member States, Permanent Participants, and Observers of the Arctic Council, were asked to formulate proposals for a well managed Arctic marked by international cooperation, rising Arctic awareness, strengthening resilience of multiscales changes, addressing the rapidly changing climate, improving a safe and secure use of the Arctic resources.

Only those who demonstrated a deep understanding of the Arctic issues and policies, outstanding public speaking, diplomacy, negotiation, and deliberation skills, and prove their leadership abilities, were nominated Best Delegates.