The Arctic Coast Guard Forum

About ACGF

The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF), established in 2015, is an independent, informal, operationally-driven organization, not bound by treaty, to foster safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. All Arctic countries, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Island, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States are members of the forum. Chairmanship duties of the ACGF rotate every two years in concert with the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Finland is the chair for the Forum in 2017-2019. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum’s first Live Exercise, the Arctic Guardian 2017, was organized in Iceland in September 2017. The next Live Exercise of the Forum, Polaris 2019, is organized in Finland in April 2019.

Strategic goals of the Forum

  • Strengthen multilateral cooperation and coordination within the Arctic maritime domain, and existing and future multilateral agreements
  • Seek common solutions to maritime issues related to the agencies fulfilling the functions of coast guards within the region
  • Collaborate with the Arctic Council through the sharing of information
  • Facilitate safe and secure maritime activity in the Arctic region, with sustainable development to be promoted as appropriate
  • Contribute to a stable, predictable, and transparent maritime environment
  • Build a common operational picture to ensure proper protocols for emergency response coordination, and safe navigation
  • Work collaboratively to advance the protection of the marine environment
  • Maximize the potential for Arctic maritime activities to positively impact the communities, lives, and culture of Arctic communities including indigenous peoples
  • Integrate scientific research in support of Coast Guard operations as appropriate
  • Support high standards of operations and sustainable activities in the Arctic through the sharing of information, including best practices and technological solutions to address threats and risks

ACGF video and website

Watch the ACGF video and visit the ACGF website to find out more!