The Agreement On Cooperation Between The Russian Geographical Society And The Arctic Society Of Finland was signed in St. Petersburg as part of the V International Arctic Forum "The Arctic - Territory of Dialogue" on April 10.
The agreement was signed by First Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society Arthur Chilingarov from the Russian side, and by Chairman of the Governing Council of the Arctic Society of Finland Tero Vauraste from Finnish side. Representatives of the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg also attended the signing ceremony.
Artur Chilingarov thanked on behalf of the RGS the Finnish side for concrete steps towards the development of the Russian-Finnish cooperation and expressed confidence that the signed agreement will be filled with practical actions aimed at joint study of the Arctic region. In addition, he invited representatives of the governing council of the Arctic Society of Finland to visit the headquarters of the RGS in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Tero Vauraste, in his turn, expressed deep satisfaction with the fact of signing the agreement on cooperation with the Russian Geographical Society, one of the authoritative Russian public organizations, that made a huge contribution to the study of the Arctic.
At the end of the official ceremony, the working meeting was held between representatives of the Russian Geographical Society and the Arctic Society of Finland, during which a number of promising areas of cooperation were discussed, such as holding joint exhibitions and seminars on Arctic issues, the participation of Finnish experts in the work of the youth summer school of the RGS, and, also, the creation of the Finnish arctic student forum.