Official information
Banner
Banner

India looks to Svalbard

altIndia’s interest in the Arctic is growing. This week, Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide met Indian researchers in Ny-Ålesund and Longyearbyen.

 

“Research on the Arctic is important for both Norway and India. Indian researchers have been working in Svalbard for a number of years, and India’s interest in the Arctic is likely to increase further now that it has gained observer status is the Arctic Council,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. 

India’s National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research has its own research station in Ny-Ålesund. In addition, there are Indian PhD students at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). Svalbard provides unique opportunities for studying global climate systems and climate change. Research activities in the north are enhancing India’s understanding of the changes taking place in the Himalayas. 

The foreign ministers also visited the Svalbard Satellite Station (SvalSat), where the combination of Svalbard’s geographical location and Norwegian technology provides almost continuous access to data from Indian Earth-observation satellites.  

The activities in Svalbard are just a small part of Norway’s growing research cooperation with India. The Government has allocated NOK 50 million for research cooperation with India in 2013. 

“We are living in the Asian century, and we are noticing this in the Arctic, too. In addition to Indian researchers, institutions from China, South Korea and Japan are also active in Svalbard. This provides opportunities for other forms of cooperation with these emerging countries, in both commercial and research contexts,” said Mr Eide. 

The Arctic landscape and the international research community in Ny-Ålesund provided conducive conditions for discussing Norwegian–Indian interests in a broader perspective. 

Among the topics discussed were developments in Syria and Myanmar, and regional security in Asia. The Indian delegation was also interested in opportunities for increased investment in India on the part of the Government Pension Fund Global.

(NRK/Press release)


Related Articles

Norway welcomes release of Colombian hostages

Norway and Cuba, guarantor countries in the Colombia peace process, have announced that the Colombian government and the FARC-EP have agreed on the conditions for the release of five hostages held by FARC...Read more...

Svalbard mining company considers cutting 100 jobs

LongyearbyenStore Norske, the most northern mining company in the world, has suggested to eliminiate almost 100 positions in a new operating plan that the board will decide on this coming Monday...Read more...

World Chess Championship: Carlsen still in the lead

The eighth game of the World Chess Championship in Sotsji, between defending champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Viswanathan Anand of India on Tuesday also ended in a draw...Read more...

Norwegian aid to Ukraine

Norway is to give Ukraine NOK 100 million annually in financial aid over the next three years...Read more...

Condemns Jerusalem terrorist attack

‘I condemn Tuesday's terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem in the strongest possible terms,’ says Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. ..Read more...

-Norway will have the world's most beautiful passport

PassportsThe Norwegian passports have been redesigned, and receive rave international reviews. ..Read more...

World Chess Championship: Another draw

In the seventh game of the World Chess Championship in Sotsji, defending champion Magnus Carlsen had to settle for a draw against challenger Viswanathan Anand of India on Monday...Read more...

Population growth still high

The Norwegian population increased by 18 800 during the third quarter and reached 5 156 450 on 1 October. This growth was very close to the average for the last eight years...Read more...

Norwegian teachers lack confidence

StudentsSix out of ten Norwegian high school teachers say they have difficulties motivating their students. This is one of the lowest scores in a recent educational survey.  ..Read more...

Football: Azerbaijan - Norway 0-1

Norway's men won their Euro 2016 qualifier against Azerbaijan 1-0 on Sunday. This was their third straight win in the qualifying round...Read more...

Alpine skiing: Slalom win for Henriksen

Norwegian Olympic Bronze Medallist Henrik Kristoffersen (20) won the opening World Cup slalom event of the season, in Levi, Finland on Sunday...Read more...

Norway maintains its international reputation

Mountains Norwegians are perceived to be honest, talented and hard-working in a recent reputation survey...Read more...

Biathlon: Os wins at Lillehammer

Norway's Alexander Os won the Biathlon 10km sprint season opener at Lillehammer Norway on Saturday. Simon Forcade of France came second...Read more...

Oslo conference on stability in Northern Europe

The security situation in Europe featured prominently when defence ministers and other representatives from twelve countries met in Oslo this week.(Photo: Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide)..Read more...

World Chess Championship: Win for Carlsen

Defending World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the sixth game of the World Chess Championship 2014 at Sotsji, against challenger, Viswanathan Anand of India on Saturday...Read more...

62 Degrees North

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/612298Web_0074_hm_567x378_72.jpg

Sea Safari

Let the adrenalin flow during our exiting sea safari in an open rapid RIB boat. Discover Ålesund from the sea. Visit seal colonies and experience puffins and eagles at the See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/979953Web_Brosundet_lighthouse_room_49.jpg

Brosundet Lighthouse

Hotel Brosundet is small and intimate with only 47 rooms. The jewel in our treasury-box is Room 47. Only a few minutes walk from the hotel lies the old and See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/489969Web_DSC_4757.jpg

Storfjord Hotel

Storfjord Hotel is a secluded luxury hotel situated in Øvre Glomset, 30 km east of Ålesund, on a hillside overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Ever since it opened See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/971299Web_Kajakk_Brosundet.jpg

Kayaking in Brosundet

A surprisingly large number of Norway’s most stunning natural attractions are concentrated around 62 degrees north latitude. Our company, 62˚Nord is a local company, with the intimate local knowledge necessary See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/739979Web_640__Somerruter_Foto_RasmusKongs__re.jpg

Summer Trip

Join a tour with a comfortable sightseeing boat to the wild and majestic Hjørundfjord, with stunning views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular! The meeting between the torn See details

Local News in Brief

Social Networking

WHAT's YOUR OPINION

Should Norway apply for the 2022 Winter Olympics ?

Statoil
Norges Rederiforbund
Eidsvoll 200 year

.Partners

NORGE.NO/DIFI
Folkeuniversitetet
Bedin Front Right Top
Norsk Romsenter