Ambassador Pence in Rovaniemi

Chairman of the Rovaniemi City Council Heikki Autto, Ambassador Robert Pence, Rovaniemi Director of International Relations Tuula Rintala-Gardin, and Mayor Esko Lotvonen. (© State Dept.)

U.S. Ambassador Robert Pence visited Rovaniemi October 11-12 as part of the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Environment Ministers Meeting. The U.S. delegation was headed by Judith Garber, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. The United States aims to safeguard U.S. security, economic and environmental interests in the Arctic, advancing a rules-based framework to govern activities in the region, ensuring access to Arctic resources, and promoting economic growth, sustainable development and environmental stewardship.