North Atlantic Forum

The North Atlantic Forum (NAF) is an informal network made up of researchers and regional policy-makers and practitioners from a number of peripheral areas around the edges of the North Atlantic. NAF was born out of the North Atlantic Islands Program (1994-98).

The first phase of the North Atlantic Islands Programme came to an end with the inaugural North Atlantic Forum, held in Charlottetown from September 17–19, 1998. More than a hundred people gathered, including many friends and colleagues from the participating islands. Along with Prince Edward Island Premier Pat Binns and several of his Ministers, special guests included the Icelandic Ambassador, Hon. Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Hon. Høgni Hoydal, and the Newfoundland Minister of Development and Rural Renewal, Hon. Beaton Tulk. The various sessions included presentations on "The Power of Jurisdiction: Jurisdiction as a Resource in North Atlantic Islands," the results of the four NAIP research sectors (tourism, small-scale manufacturing, primary resources, and export of knowledge-based services), "Present Prospects, Strategic Options for North Atlantic Islands" by key officials in each of the North Atlantic Islands represented, and a report on the Public Engagement programme. The business part of the Conference finished with an upbeat consideration of "The Way Ahead," resulting in the decision to hold a North Atlantic Forum on a regular basis. (