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World Debate - The Arctic: A Resource or Reserve? Part 1

10 August 2011 Last updated at 12:58 BST

With the earth warming and a race for natural resources, the Arctic could be earth's final frontier. But should the fragile Arctic ecosystem be developed or protected?

Nik Gowing chairs the World Debate from Greenland's capital Nuuk featuring Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store and Prime Minister of Greenland Kuupik Kleist.

Watch the debate - The Arctic: A Resource or Reserve?

Part 1

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Part 4

Recorded on 12 May 2011. The World Debate is broadcast on BBC World News and BBC World Service.