First Ministerial Conference in Rovaniemi
In 1989, Finland made an initiative on international cooperation to protect the Arctic environment. This started a negotiation process that came to be known as the Rovaniemi Process, as it was named after the place where the first meeting was held in 1989. It all culminated in 1991 at the first ever ministerial level meeting of Arctic states, again in Rovaniemi. Also Arctic indigenous peoples had, for the first time, a seat in these tables.