US Arctic Research Commission
June 14, 2011

Today's Eventstodaysevents 


The House finishes work on the Military Construction-VA spending bill for fiscal 2012, then turns to the Agriculture spending bill.


The Senate is set for a cloture vote on an ethanol-related amendment to a bill on economic development programs. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is scheduled to make his maiden speech. House Appropriations marks up the fiscal 2012 Defense spending bill.


Meetings of State Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, June 13-17, 2011. The State Parties to UNCOLS will host their 21st meeting in New York to host elections, review information submitted to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, hear a report from the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, and review a report on issues of a general nature, relevant to State parties, that have arisen with respect to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.


The Arctic in new National Ocean PolicyObama2  "Changing Conditions in the Arctic" is the focus of a strategic action plan that's being developed under the "National Ocean Policy" signed by President Obama in July 2010. A 10-page draft outline of this plan is now available at a White House website for review and comment (and please do comment...). This plan is one of nine national priority objectives, and it's the only one focusing on a specific geographic region. The plan contains long-term themes, and six specific actions, below, to begin in 2012, when the final plan is released. The plan is being drafted by an interagency team co-led by Robert Winokur (Navy) and John Farrell (USARC). Public listening sessions on this effort were held in Alaska last week. Details on the sessions are here.