In addition to the Working Groups there are also Task Forces that operate within the framework of the Arctic Council. The Task Forces are appointed at the Ministerial meetings to work on specific issues for a limited amount of time. The Task Forces are active until they have produced the desired results, at which point they become inactive.

Experts from the Working Groups and representatives from the Arctic States take part in the Task Forces. There are currently two active Task Forces in the Arctic Council.

Current Task Forces

Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation (TFAMC)

At the 9th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Iqaluit, Canada on 24 April 2015, a Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation was formed. The mandate was to consider future needs for strengthened cooperation on Arctic marine areas, as well as mechanisms to meet these needs, and to make recommendations on the nature and scope of any such mechanisms. At the 10th Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska on 11 May 2017, Ministers decided to extend that mandate for another two years.

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Task Force on Improved Connectivity in the Arctic (TFICA)

The Task Force on Improved Connectivity in the Arctic (TFICA) was established by Ministers of the Arctic Council states at the Fairbanks Ministerial meeting in 2017. The Task Force will "compare the needs of those who live, operate, and work in the Arctic with available infrastructure, and work with the telecommunications industry and the Arctic Economic Council to encourage the creation of required infrastructure with an eye toward pan-Arctic solutions, and report to Ministers in 2019".

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Past Task Forces 

There are also eight Task Forces that have completed their work and are no longer operational. Three of these Task Forces provided the venue for negotiating the Arctic Council's three binding agreements. Click any link below to learn more and view documents.

Task Force on Telecommunications Infrastructure in the Arctic (TFTIA)
Task Force for Enhancing Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic (SCTF)
Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP)
Task Force on Black Carbon and Methane (TFBCM)
Task Force to Facilitate the Creation of a Circumpolar Business Forum (TFCBF)
Task Force for Institutional Issues (TFII)
Task Force on Search and Rescue 
Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response
Task Force on Short-Lived Climate Forcers (SLCF)