Russia transfers ASM4 chairmanship to Norway
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Russia transfers ASM4 chairmanship to Norway

A review of scientific activities under the Russian chairmanship of the Arctic Council, as well as the transfer of the chairmanship from the Russian Federation to Norway, took place on April 14, 2023 in Smolny as part of the 4th Ministerial Meeting on the Development of Science in the Arctic (ASM4).

“Scientific developments in the Arctic are a necessary condition for developing a wide range of economic sectors, including construction and transport technologies, telecommunications, and much more. The Arctic is becoming a territory for the creation and testing of advanced resource-saving technologies, if you will, a unique testing laboratory. During Russia's chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the foundation of domestic Arctic science has been further strengthened, the geography of scientific ties has expanded, and a scientific and technical council has been established under the State Commission for Arctic Development.

Consortiums of universities and research centers that are open to international cooperation continue to be created. Russia will continue to prioritize the strengthening of scientific ties with other countries interested in mutually beneficial cooperation in the Arctic,” Nikolai Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry and Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, emphasized at the meeting.

The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the St. Petersburg authorities, as well as the authorities from the regions wholly or partially included in the Arctic zone, embassies, foreign states, and leading scientific centers of Russia.