Each party encourages the establishment, operation and maintenance of an adequate and effective search and rescue capability on its territory, in accordance with paragraph 2 of the annex to this agreement. CTV News (2010) Clinton gives a fresh welcome to the Arctic Summit (March 29, 2010). www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100329/cannon_meetings_100329/. Called Oct 10, 2011 Posner E (2007) The new race for the Arctic. The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog (August 4, 2007). uchicagolaw.typepad.com/faculty/2007/08/the-new-race-fo.html. Appeal On 6 Oct 2011 Kao S-M, Pearre NS, Firestone J (2012) Adoption of the Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement: a shift from the Arctic regime to a difficult legal basis? Maritime Policy 36 (3): 832-838 Parties exchange information that could improve the effectiveness of search and rescue operations. This could include, but not limited to: given the increase in air and sea traffic and other human activities in the Arctic, including the activity of Arctic people and arctic populations, review mechanisms and, where appropriate, improvements in the application of international guidelines to Arctic search and rescue issues; 1 It appears that some States have an interest in implementing the agreement on an interim basis. This is demonstrated by the fact that all Arctic states are already working on the implementation of the provisions of the agreement before it enters into force. The last SAR Top Exercise (“TTX”) arctic table, held in Whitehorse, Yukon in October 2011, is an example of how Arctic states are working to improve cooperation and coordination, as provided for in the agreement. See Arctic SAR Agreement Table Top Exercise, available at www.canadacom.forces.gc.ca/spec/sar-ttx-2011-eng.asp.
The Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement (officially the Arctic Air and Air Search and Rescue Cooperation Agreement) is an international agreement between Arctic Council member states – Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States – on May 12, 2011 in Nuuk, Greenland.  Ilulissat Declaration, Ilulissat, Greenland, 28 May 2008; Arctic Council, Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report, 6ff. It is interesting to note that the Russian Federation proposed a legal agreement within the Emergency, Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group in 2005 under the Arctic Rescue initiative, but its proposal did not receive the support of other participants.