The program of the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue Forum includes discussions not only of the region’s economy, but also of the social aspects.
The forum will take place in Arkhangelsk on March 29-30, 2017.
One of the key tasks is to prove that the Arctic is not only stock of raw material, the Governor of the Arkhangelsk region Igor Orlov said.
According to him, one of the tasks the forum is facing is to change the perception of the Arctic as a big stock of hydrocarbons. The spectrum of aspects to discuss at the forum is named as "Human in the Arctic," which is not only mining, but a much wider spectrum.
"At this time, we are speaking about the Arctic in the aspect of "how to live there," not of "how to extract resources from there,” he continued. "This would be the key topic at the forum."
Besides the economy agenda, which cannot be dropped, the forum will offer platforms to discuss the environment, education, support of indigenous and minority peoples, the governor added.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador-at-Large for Arctic Cooperation Vladimir Barbin said the forum organizers hoped Russia’s President Vladimir Putin would traditionally participate in the Forum.
Several events will be organized during the forum: a meeting of the state committee on development of the Arctic, a meeting of the Arctic municipal authorities, and the youth forum.
The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue Forum is a key international platform for discussing problems and future of the Arctic area. The objective is to unite efforts of the international community for effective development of the Arctic and for higher living standards for the people living there.
The first forum took place in 2010 and was devoted to modern problems of the Arctic region. The second forum in 2011 focused on formation of the Arctic transport systems, and the event in 2013 touched upon environmental safety.