Arctic Council Agreement

It coordinates international coverage and the coverage and response of aeronautical SARS between Arctic states over a territory of approximately 13 million square miles in the Arctic. The SAR Agreement will enhance search and rescue operations in the Arctic by engaging all parties to coordinate appropriate assistance to people in distress and to cooperate in the conduct of SARS operations. For each party, the agreement defines an area of the Arctic in which it will assume primary responsibility for organizing responses to SAR incidents, large and small. The parties to the agreement undertake to provide the assistance of the SAR, regardless of the nationality or status of the persons they need. The agreement facilitates the access of scientists from the eight Arctic states to Arctic areas identified by each state, including the entry and exit of people, equipment and equipment; access to research infrastructure and facilities; and access to research areas. The agreement also invites the parties to promote the initial and continuing training of scientists working on Arctic issues. . . .