Outcomes of the 5th International Arctic Forum
The ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ 5th International Arctic Forum brought together more than 3,600 participants from 52 countries. The largest delegations came from China, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the USA, Denmark, Iceland, Canada, and Japan. The Forum brought together leading experts, heads of major companies, relevant ministries and departments of the Arctic countries interested in cooperation with the region.
Russia was represented by 7 federal ministers, 10 heads of national bodies and services, and 15 regional leaders.
The Forum was attended by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö, the President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Anders Samuelsen, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.
Eight countries sent officials responsible for Arctic affairs at their respective foreign ministries, and a number of EU representatives. The Forum was attended by heads of major international organizations representing the Arctic Circle, the Arctic Economic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, and the Saami Council, as well as Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization, and Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The International Arctic Forum invariably attracts significant attention from the scientific community. The Forum was attended by Artur Chilingarov, President of the Association of Polar Explorers, Gennady Cheurin, full member of the Russian Geographical Society since 1984 and Honorary Polar Explorer, Sabri Mered, co-founder of the French Polar Cluster, and other representatives from the scientific community.
Over the course of three days, 49 events were held, including sessions, discussions, pitch sessions, and lectures.
The business programme was divided into three pillars: ‘Coastal Territories’, ‘The Open Ocean’, and ‘Sustainable Development’. The key event on the Forum’s business programme was the plenary session entitled ‘The Arctic. An Ocean of Opportunity’.
Special events were held during the International Arctic Forum: a roundtable on the development of the Northern Sea Route held on board the 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker, a session of the State Commission for Arctic Development, an Arctic Municipalities Forum, the 2nd Northern Forum Governors’ Meeting, and the Forum’s Youth Day.
Cultural and Sporting Programme
A cultural programme was provided for guests and participants of the Forum, encompassing numerous exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, and presentations. During the Sporting programme there were such events as horse-riding, a gala ice-hockey match, sporting and practice shooting tournaments and a squash tournament.
Forty-five agreements were signed at the Forum worth a total of RUB 69.8 billion (counting agreements where the figures were not classified as commercial secrets).
For more information, visit the Outcomes of the 5th International Arctic Forum section of the website.