5th International Arctic Forum to be attended by leaders of Russia, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden
St. Petersburg is set to host the ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ 5th International Arctic Forum on 9–10 April, with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin speaking at the plenary session on 9 April.
The main theme of this year’s Forum is ‘The Arctic. An Ocean of Opportunity’. The event will provide an opportunity to share perspectives on a range of issues affecting the comprehensive development of the Arctic. These will include the rational use of natural resources, environmental safety, transport, protecting the interests of indigenous populations, and other aspects related to sustainable growth in the region.
The plenary session will be moderated by John Fraher, Senior Executive Editor for Energy, Global Business and Finance at Bloomberg.
A number of meetings are planned between Vladimir Putin and visiting heads of state, including President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, and Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven. Discussions are expected to focus on current and future bilateral relations, current topics on the international agenda, and regional issues, with particular emphasis on collaboration in the Arctic.
Official Forum website: forumarctica.ru
‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ 5th International Arctic Forum
The ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ International Arctic Forum is one of the key platforms for the discussion, at a global level, of problems and prospects for the Arctic region. The Forum is an opportunity for members of the international community to pool their efforts to ensure the efficient development of the Arctic and higher living standards for populations living in Arctic territories. The ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ Forum was first held in 2010 and was devoted to contemporary problems of the Arctic region. The second forum was held in 2011 and focused on issues of developing transport systems in the Arctic. In 2013the key themes considered included environmental protection, while in 2017 the Forum’s theme was ‘People and the Arctic’. The key theme of the forthcoming 5th International Arctic Forum will be ‘The Arctic: An Ocean of Opportunity’. Three pillars will form the basis of the business programme: ‘Coastal Regions’, ‘The Open Ocean’, and ‘Sustainable Development’.
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