In November 2023, the UArctic Board reviewed its earlier decision to pause institutional collaboration with Russia, in respect of the Arctic Council's new guidelines to its Working Groups.

The updated Board statement follows:

  • UArctic continues to condemn the Russian war in Ukraine.
  • UArctic's Thematic Network policies already align with the Arctic Council’s updated engagement procedures.
  • To reiterate, UArctic allows researcher-to-researcher written communication with Russian individuals within existing and newly-established Thematic Networks.
  • UArctic recognizes that its membership may need to follow the guidance of their national, institutional, or organizational governance on these matters of international engagement, regardless of UArctic policy.
  • UArctic will regularly review its engagement policy and guidance, with the next review no later than 31 March, 2024.