State Secretary Rex Tillerson will turn over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council to Finland next week at the international forum's bi-annual meeting May 10-11.

Tillerson will travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, and visit with leaders from the seven other Arctic states: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden.

"At the Ministerial Meeting, representatives from the eight Arctic States will discuss issues of mutual interest and review the accomplishments of the U.S. Arctic Council Chairmanship," the State Department said in a statement Tuesday evening.

Over the past two years, former Secretary of State John Kerry focused his chairmanship on climate change, a topic that was a priority under the Obama administration.

The organization rotates chairmen every two years. This year's meeting marks its 20th anniversary.