International Arctic Forum

The 30th of March there was over the International Arctic Forum «The Arctic is the territory of the dialogue» in Arkhangelsk. It has been held since the year of 2010 and is being the largest platform for discussing topical issues and prospects for the development of the Arctic region.

The President of Russia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society Vladimir Putin and the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the presidents of Finland and Island, and the representatives of Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, Norway, USA, Switzerland, Japan, China and other countries as well.

 

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Photo from the website kremlin.ru
Photo from the website kremlin.ru

The Russian Geographical Society invited visitors to take a look at the amazing world of nature of our country with the eyes of photographers. The participants of the event could admire the fascinating scenery and the photos of rare animals, created by the finalists and the winners of the photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «The Most Beautiful Country».

 

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Photo by Alexey Trofimov
Photo by Alexey Trofimov

The program of the forum included a series of activities, dedicated to the issues of improving living standards in the Arctic territories, development of transport system, environmental issues, etc.

«Having united authoritative scientists, businessmen, politicians, this forum became a platform for a serious professional conversation about the present and future of the Arctic, this is exactly what we expect, this is a forum for search for Arctic partnership and search for its forms. Your expert assessments and initiatives are important for the Arctic Council as well, the Council for 20 years has been an example of effective international cooperation, not subject to external conjuncture of international cooperation», - Vladimir Putin noted in his speech.

A day earlier the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society Vladimir Putin and the President of the Russian Geographical Society Sergey Shoygu visited the Island of Alexandra Land of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago, where they got acquainted with the results of work on the elimination of environmental damage to the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.

 

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Photo from the website kremlin.ru
Photo from the website kremlin.ru

The Chairman of the Government Dmitry Medvedev, Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology Sergey Donskoy and Special representative of the President for environmental protection, ecology and transport Sergey Ivanov took part in the trip as well.

 

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Meeting on the item of complex development of the Arctic. Photo from the website kremlin.ru
Meeting on the item of complex development of the Arctic. Photo from the website kremlin.ru

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society examined the museum exposition of the national park «The Russian Arctic», got acquainted with the technology of permafrost study and spoke to the specialists, studying the Arctic territory, and took part in the launch of a meteorological aerosound, working on the basis of the GLONASS system.

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Photo by Yaroslav Nikitin
Photo by Yaroslav Nikitin

During the meeting on integrated development of the Arctic, which was held the same day, Vladimir Putin in particular instructed the Government to accelerate the preparation of the program of social and economic development of the region and instructed the Ministry of Defense and the FSB (Federal Security Service) to protect national interests of the country in the Arctic. Besides, the head of the state emphasized that Russia is ready for joint development of the Arctic with foreign partners in various fields.

The All-Russian public organization «The Russian Geographical Society» was the organizer of the forums in 2010, 2011, 2013. The Forum has been held with the support of the State Commission for the Development of the Arctic since the year of 2017.

  

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Icy Blast. Photo by Dmitry Pitenin
Icy Blast. Photo by Dmitry Pitenin