Invitation à la conférence « The Arctic : Eldorado or Curse? »

Royal Institute for International Relations

has the honour of inviting you to a conference on

The Arctic : Eldorado or Curse?

A new « Great Game » is taking place in the Arctic. Climate change bears serious consequences that have important geostrategic and economic implications for the region. The Arctic is considered to conceal important commodities so that the interest for these resources and new maritime routes is increasing.

Mr. Michel ROCARD, Former Prime Minister of France and currently Ambassador in charge of the international negotiations on Arctic and Antarctic will present his views on this important topic.

The conference will be introduced by Charles Emmerson Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House


It will take place on Monday 15 October  2012 from 16.15 to 17.30  at the Palais d’Egmont, 8Bis, Place du Petit Sablon, 1000 Brussels.

The working languages will be French and English, with simultaneous translation

A reception will follow the conference.


15.45              Registration

16.15              Welcoming by Viscount Etienne DAVIGNON, Chairman of EGMONT

Summary of the Arctic expert seminar by Charles EMMERSON,

Keynote speech by Michel ROCARD

Q&A time

17.30              Reception


Registration in advance is mandatory, by e-mail at, by fax (02-223.41.16), or by mail (69 rue de Namur, B-1000 Brussels) at Egmont, before Wednesday 10 October 2012.