The inaugural Arctic Ocean Conference was held in Ilulissat , Greenland May 27 – May 29, 2008. Five countries, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States, discussed key issues relating to the Arctic Ocean .  The meeting was significant because of its plans for environmental regulation, maritime security, mineral exploration, polar oil oversight, and transportation.  Before the conclusion of the conference, the expectations of the Ilulissat Declaration . 
The conference is the first ever held at the ministerial level that included the five regional powers.  It came to the invitation of Per Stig Møller , Denmark’s Foreign Minister, and Hans Enoksen , Greenlandic Premier in 2007 after several territorial disputes in the Arctic . States Møller, “We must continue to Fulfill our obligations in the Arctic area up to the UN DECIDES Who will-have the right to the sea and the resources in the area. We must AGREE on the rules and what to do if climate exchange make more shipping possible.” “We need to share a common political signal to our own populations and the rest of the world in the responsible manner.” 
Ilulissat’s glacier melting was an appropriate backdrop for the landmark conference.  The key ministry level waited were:
- Canada: Gary Lunn , Canadian Minister for Nature Resources 
- Denmark: Per Stig Møller; Hans Enoksen
- Norway: Jonas Gahr Støre , Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Russia: Sergey Lavrov , Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs  
- United States: John D. Negroponte , Deputy Secretary of State 
The inclusion of some members of the Arctic Council , while excluding others (Indigenous peoples, Finland , Iceland , and Sweden ) from the controversial controversy.
Defending Denmark’s decision to exclude certain council members, Thomas Winkler, head of the Denmark’s International Law Department stated, “This meeting in Ilulissat is not a competition to the Arctic Council. sic ] the responsibility of the five coastal states of the Arctic Ocean. ” 
The reaction by Aqqaluk Lynge , a Greenlandic politician and former President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference , was concerned that indigenous peoples of the Arctic are being ” marginalized “. ” Inuit have their own definition of sovereignty .” 
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