Arctic forum to shine light on climate, energy, Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Organizers of a forum about Arctic diplomacy slated to take place in Portland say the event will focus on issues like climate change and shipping and it will put a spotlight on its host city.

The Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials meeting will take place in Maine's largest city from Oct. 4-6. Officials from the council's eight member nations and a host of non-governmental organizations will assemble in Portland for the midweek event.

U.S. Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries David Balton will chair the meeting. He says it'll also likely focus on the Arctic's indigenous groups and energy issues.

Balton says the event is the first time the council has held such a meeting on U.S. soil outside Alaska or Washington, D.C. He says it's a big moment for Maine.