Third International Arctic Forum “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue”
The Russian Geographical Society invites researchers, experts, public and political figures, senior officials of the Arctic Council and observer countries to join them for the third time in a discussion of the modern condition and future of the unique natural area, the Arctic, on September 24-25, 2013.
The Third International Arctic Forum “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” will take place in Salekhard, the capital of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area, located in the Arctic Circle.
The main subject of the forum is ecological security in the exploration and use of the Arctic’s natural resources. To achieve this, it is necessary to eliminate environmental damage in the region, prevent emergencies and deal with their consequences, and address modern challenges in exploring the Arctic shelf.
Forum participants will discuss climate change scenarios in the Arctic and will try to forecast the consequences for the region’s ecosystem. They will analyze the current level of pollution and the risks of it increasing in the future, as well as the priorities in preserving the Arctic’s ecosystem. The discussion will also touch on the environmental security and health of the Arctic population and the impact of the region’s industrial development on the life of its indigenous people. Finally, forum participants will discuss legal regulation of environmental protection in the Arctic and the effectiveness of multilateral international agreements in environmental protection.
High-ranking officials and leading experts from various countries interested in the peaceful and stable development of the Arctic have been invited to the forum. About 300 participants and guests are expected to attend, among them the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö, the President of the Republic of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the President of the Russian Geographical Society Sergei Shoigu and also government delegations of other subarctic countries, governors of Russia’s Arctic regions, heads of related Russian ministries and departments, politicians, representatives of large companies, scientists, experts and journalists from different countries.
14.00 – 15.00 Registration
15.00 – 16.00 Plenary meeting
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 – 17.30 Session №1
"Environmental safety and population health in the Arctic region"
17.30 – 18.30 Session №2
"Legal regime of environmental safety in the Arctic"
18.30 – 18.45 End of day 1
18.45 – 20.00 Entertainment programme
20.00 – 21.00 Concert (show)
21.00 – 22.30 Dinner on behalf of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous okrug governor
9.00 – 10.30 Session №3
"Climate, pollution, biodiversity"
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Session №4
"Environmental safety of the Arctic development and use"
12.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Plenary meeting
16.30 – 17.30 Forum summarization
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