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The x international forum "Arctic: present and future", which participants will discuss the development of the Arctic zone of Russia, opened on Thursday in St. Petersburg at the Expoforum Convention and exhibition center. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the forum events will be held in person with all the necessary anti-epidemic measures, and some speakers will speak remotely.
The forum will be held from December 10 to 12. It is organized by the interregional public organization "Association of polar explorers" with the support and participation of the Federation Council and the state Duma, as well as the State Commission for the development of the Arctic.
The forum will be attended by a delegation of the Russian Navy, the Department of information and mass communications of the Russian defense Ministry told reporters on Thursday. According to the Department, the Navy is actively developing its infrastructure in the Arctic and is involved in solving issues of the Arctic strategy.in recent years, the volume of comprehensive Oceanographic research in the Arctic has doubled.
"In total, 28 business events will be held on the sidelines of the forum in full-time and part-time format. The discussion agenda will reflect the goals and main directions of Russia's state policy in the Arctic for the period up to 2035, strategies for the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and ensuring national security for the period up to 2035, and key documents that were approved this year, " the forum organizers said.
The forum program includes events where experts will discuss the development of cargo transportation infrastructure along the Northern sea route, fundamental Arctic research, the introduction of digital technologies in the development of the Northern territories, the formation of a support system for entrepreneurs in the Arctic, and other topics.
The forum will host an exhibition with an area of about 2 thousand square meters, where Arctic regions and Russian companies will present their achievements, projects and technologies.

The international forum, Arctic and Antarctic Days in Moscow, will be held from November 25-27 via videoconference. Russia will present the program for its chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023. The event will include an international scientific congress. The Russian Antarctic research station Vostok will be available for videoconferencing with the participants.

This year’s forum organizers are the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.

According to the organizers, the business program of the event includes presentations of support measures for entrepreneurial activity in the Arctic and of the Arctic Initiatives Center projects. A special session will be devoted to Arctic tourism development, local infrastructure improvements and environmental protection. Scientists from Russia, UK, US, Iceland and South Korea will take part in the international scientific congress Open Arctic and Antarctic. Leading representatives of the global scientific community will discuss priorities in the study and development of the Arctic, as well as the global significance of science as a public diplomacy tool in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Another important topic to be raised at the forum has to do with a plan to implement the Strategy for Developing the Russian Arctic Zone and Ensuring National Security until 2035. It will be the highlight of the plenary session, which will be attended by the minister of the Russian Far East and Arctic, the minister of Natural Resources, and heads of the regions in the Russian Arctic zone. One of the key speakers at the forum will be Terry Callaghan from Great Britain, a leading expert on environmental change and a Nobel Prize awardee, who is a regular participant of Arctic Days in Moscow. He will also deliver an online lecture on weather anomalies and the Arctic’s impact on the Earth’s climate.

All the events will be streamed online. The organizers will post updates on how to join at the Arctic and Antarctic Days in Moscow website, www.arctic-days.ru.

On September 30, the last day of the 2nd International Northern Sustainable Development Forum, Arctic.ru organized a panel session, titled Information War in the Arctic, offering its participants an opportunity to discuss ways of preventing a new Cold War in the region and the current media environment in the Arctic.

The session included a presentation on the coverage by major media outlets of circumpolar countries of Arctic-related topics and Russia’s presence in the region.

“The study was carried out in eight languages and covered 11 key subjects: climate change, environment, tourism, international politics and cooperation, mining, research projects and innovation, accidents and disasters, regional development and support for small indigenous peoples of the North,” Yulia Atanova, head of Arctic.ru project and session moderator, said.

The study also revealed the share of Arctic coverage mentioning Russia. “The average indicator ranges from 16 or 17 percent to 30-33 percent, with most coverage mentioning Russia appearing in the context of climate change, economic and infrastructure development, mining and Arctic militarization,” Atanova pointed out.

She added that most of the publications – 83 percent, were quite neutral, with only 7 percent of negative articles and 10 percent of positive ones. Most of the negative coverage came from the United States and Sweden with about 50 percent of negative publications, followed by Finland with 34 percent, and about a quarter for Norway, Denmark and Canada.

Taking part in the event was Tim Anderson, a journalist with Barents Press, who shared his views on the study.

“I am not that surprised that climate change is one of the top news topics when you look at news articles about Russia, Sweden and neighboring countries… When you had the incident in Norilsk, it might have been affected by climate change and the thawing of permafrost. Of course, it is connected,” he said.

Vladimir Petrovsky, PhD in Political Science and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Studies and Forecasting of Russia-China Relations, Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was surprised to see Arctic militarization among the key news topics in the Arctic and circumpolar countries.

“When the militarization of the Arctic becomes a top news trend, this shifts the focus and creates bias. Environment, thawing and environmental protection are natural subjects, but then you have articles about Arctic militarization and Russia’s involvement in it, which is hardly justified,” he pointed out.

Petrovsky also said that all the infrastructure in the Russian Arctic can serve both civilian and military needs, although in most cases the garrisons in the region are small.

Professor Vladimir Vinokurov from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, was also among the speakers. He said that the more people talk about the Arctic region and the challenges it faces, the more problems arise in international relations.

The main theme of the V international Arctic forum " Arctic-the territory of dialogue "will sound like" the Arctic. Ocean of possibilities". The business program will be based on three tracks: "Coastal areas", "Open ocean" and "Sustainable development". This decision was made at a meeting of the working group on the business program of the organizing Committee for the preparation and holding of the forum under the chairmanship of Advisor to the President Anton Kobyakov. The meeting was attended by representatives of agencies and institutions involved in the organization of the event and the formation of its business program. About it reports a press-service of Recongress.

The Central event will be a plenary session with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

"The program of the international Arctic forum in 2019 will cover the full range of areas of development of the Arctic regions. Experts invited to participate in the sessions and discussions of the Forum will pay attention to both the current state of Affairs and the immediate prospects for the use of these territories for the development of industry, energy, construction, shipping, tourism, education, research and other industries. I am convinced that the topics raised in the framework of this international discussion platform will give impetus to the further development of the Arctic and the full use of the enormous opportunities that this region provides," said Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov.

At the same time, assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Igor Levitin presented information on the need to invite representatives of government authorities and business circles of India to participate in the forum to discuss the development of trade and economic relations on an international scale within the framework of the project for the development of the international transport corridor "North-South".

In addition, Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the development of the Far East Alexander Krutikov took part in the meeting of the working group. "At the international Arctic forum in St. Petersburg, a new system of preferences for companies investing in projects in the Arctic region will be presented," he stressed.

At the same time, special attention was paid to the proposal of the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Arthur Chilingarov to hold a special session "dialogue of researchers" on international cooperation in the field of scientific research of the Arctic on the sidelines of the international Arctic forum. The event will bring together leading Russian and foreign experts and scientists working in this direction.

"The concept presented today is a well-developed basis for the formation of a comprehensive business program that will allow to establish new constructive contacts with the international community. In the days of the Forum we organize a scientific expedition "Transarctica-19" on the R / V "Akademik tryoshnikov". The forum will also present the annual scientific expedition "North pole – 41", which will begin in September 2020. It will be attended by 23 research institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation and other departments and will be implemented more than 60 fundamental and applied research projects", – said during the meeting of the working group Arthur Chilingarov.

It also became known that the Forum will host a meeting of the working group "development of industry and technology" of the state Commission for the development of the Arctic under the chairmanship of the Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov.

In parallel, the President of the United shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Alexei Rakhmanov said that the Arctic is a zone of special attention for Russia and USC as the flagship of the domestic shipbuilding. "The Corporation and its enterprises traditionally participate in the forum"Arctic – the territory of dialogue". Today, in the year of the 60th anniversary of the nuclear icebreaker fleet, the Forum for us is not only an opportunity for business dialogue, but also a platform for drawing attention to key aspects of the development of the shipbuilding industry in Russia," he said at a meeting of the working group.

In addition, at the suggestion of the Directorate of the Northern sea route on April 7 and 8, 2019, within the framework of the Forum program, an off-site event "Prospects for the development of the Northern sea route" will be organized on Board the nuclear icebreaker "50 years of Victory" in the real navigation conditions in the Oka Bay of the Kara sea.

It is expected that the final draft of the Forum program with proposals on the staff of moderators and speakers will be prepared before February 15, 2019.

The fifth international Arctic forum "Arctic-territory of dialogue" will be held in St. Petersburg on April 9 and 10, 2019.

The international Arctic forum "Arctic-the territory of dialogue" is one of the key platforms for discussing the problems and prospects of the Arctic region at the world level. The forum is designed to unite the efforts of the international community to ensure the effective development of the Arctic and improve the living standards of the population of the Arctic territories.

For the first time the forum "Arctic – territory of dialogue" was held in 2010 and was devoted to the modern problems of the Arctic region. The second forum was held in 2011 and touched upon the formation of the Arctic transport system, in 2013, among the main topics of the event were the issues of environmental safety, and in 2017 the forum was devoted to the theme "Man in the Arctic".

As General partners of the International Arctic forum – 2019 will act strategically important for the development of the Arctic region the company: OOO "UK VOSTOKOVA", State Corporation "Rosatom", JSC "Gazprom", PJSC "NOVATEK".

Fund Recongress – socially-oriented non-financial development institution, the largest organizer of international Congress, exhibition and social events.

Fund Recongress established in 2007 to promote the development of economic potential and strengthening the image of Russia through the organization and holding of the international, Congress, exhibition and social events.

The Foundation forms their content, provides consulting, information and expert support to companies and organizations, as well as comprehensively studies, analyzes and covers issues of the Russian and global economic agenda. The Fund provides administration and promotes business projects and attracts investments, including through public-private partnerships.

Currently, the annual program of the Fund includes events from Montevideo to Vladivostok, which allows to gather on one site world business leaders, experts, media, government representatives, to create the best conditions for discussion and promotion of new ideas and projects, as well as to assist in the formation of social entrepreneurship and charitable projects.


 

Source: http://portnews.ru/news/271636/

The final decision on the construction, the timing of the project, as well as its cost will be taken by the management of Roshydromet


 

Arctic and Antarctic research Institute has prepared proposals for the creation of a research vessel to work in polar waters, said Friday TASS Director of the Institute Alexander Makarov.

"We have and will continue to increase the need for new research vessels. We now have two such vessels, but one of them - "Academician Fedorov" - has been in service for more than thirty years. He needs a replacement. We have prepared the relevant studies, proposals, sent to Roshydromet", - said Makarov at the forum "Arctic: Present and future".

According to him, the final decision on the construction and timing of the project, as well as its cost will be taken by the management of Roshydromet.

Previously, the Agency has announced its intention to build on the Russian shipyards three of the research vessel. The Ministry of higher education and science also announced plans to build two courts.

The forum "Arctic: Present and future", organized by the Association of polar explorers, is held in St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 December. Its participants discuss the protection of the environment of the Northern regions, the development of infrastructure projects, the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, youth policy in the Arctic and training. About 2 thousand people from the Arctic regions of Russia and more than 20 countries, including all the member States of the Arctic Council, take part in the work. TASS is the General information partner of the forum.


 

Source: https://tass.ru/arktika-segodnya/5885479

VIII International Forum "Arctic: present and future", which opens on December 5 in St. Petersburg, will be devoted to new vectors of development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.