The members of the AOS 2022 Executive Organizing Committee have released a statement on Ukraine.
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The AOS 2022 Conference Statement is now available to read.
The Arctic Observing Summit has been held biennially since 2013. It fosters international communication, and coordination of observing efforts in the Arctic for the benefit of humanity and to support adaptation and mitigation in the face of the rapid climate and environmental challenges underway. The Summit builds on the recognition of shared benefits that cooperation and collaboration across disciplines, peoples and countries can provide. To truly succeed in this effort, all Arctic nations and peoples must cooperate.
In its unprovoked attack on Ukraine, the Russian government has violated international laws and norms, and pushed their nation into isolation. Scientific ties are being severed in consequence of the war. Partnerships and international efforts are on hold. We, the organizing committee of the Arctic Observing Summit, condemn this invasion and stand with the people of Ukraine. We also acknowledge the danger our Russian colleagues face who are speaking out against the war. We call on the Russian government to cease military action against Ukraine and withdraw. Scientific cooperation among the Arctic countries has been long standing and of mutual benefit. Moreover, science remains an important means of diplomacy and we urge a return to peaceful conditions.
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