Principle of Consensus: All decisions of the Arctic Council and its subsidiary bodies are by consensus of the eight Arctic Member States.
The Council's activities are conducted in six Working Groups. It is the responsibility of the Working Groups to execute the programs and projects mandated by the Arctic Council Ministers. These mandates are stated in the Ministerial Declarations, the official documents that result from Ministerial Meetings.
The work of Working Groups covers a broad field of subjects, from climate change to emergency response.
Each is supported by a Secretariat.
In addition, Working Groups regularly have invited guests or experts attending their meetings.