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Third International Arctic Forum “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue”

On September 21-24 Arkhangelsk will play host to the Second International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” organized by the Russian Geographical Society (RGS). We are inviting scientists, experts, prominent public and political figures, and representatives of Arctic Council member and observer countries to join us in a dialogue on Arctic issues for the second time.
The first forum, held last year, was a great success. It was attended by Prime Minister and Chairman of the RGS Board of Trustees Vladimir Putin, Emergencies Minister and RGS President Sergei Shoigu, President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and more than 300 researchers and experts from different countries. 
“The forum last year confirmed the need to establish in Russia, the largest Arctic nation, a prestigious international venue for discussing Arctic problems,” Shoigu said. “Now that it is done we’ll thoroughly evaluate the prospects for international cooperation in the region.”
The forum’s focus this year is on creating Arctic transportation infrastructure as a foundation for the development of the Arctic. This primarily involves the development of commercial and research navigation, transportation terminals (sea ports and airports) and corridors (the Northern Sea Route), polar aviation, cargo and passenger trans-polar and cross-polar transportation. Steady development of this infrastructure is vital for the very existence of the Arctic region.
Special attention will be devoted to the full spectrum of safety issue in this difficult-to-develop region. From a technological perspective, it is necessary to ensure the safety of sea and air traffic using satellite, radio-navigation and hydro-meteorological monitoring. In terms of international law, it is necessary to create multilateral mechanisms for emergency warning and response, including search and rescue missions. 
The forum will also focus on cooperative efforts to protect the Arctic environment, environmental safety, the rational use of natural resources in the Arctic and improving the living standards of its indigenous people.
Up to 400 leading scientists and experts, politicians, heads of subarctic countries and representatives of major Russian, American, Canadian and Scandinavian private companies are expected to attend the forum. High-ranking figures from different countries interested in the region’s peaceful and sustainable development have also been invited to participate.

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.

 

Agenda

September 24th  

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 

 

September 25th

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

                       Forum closing

 

Accreditation (until September 9 2013): call +7-495-645-66-23;

or write to arctic@rian.ru (RIA Novosti)

For additional information call: +7-800-700-18-45;

or write to: press@rgo.ru (Press Service of the Russian Geographical Society)