The Roscongress Foundation Held the First Meeting of the ‘Friends of the Arctic’ International Expert Community
On 9 April, at the ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ 5th International Arctic Forum, the first meeting of the ‘Friends of the Arctic’ International Expert Community was held; the event was attended by Russian and international participants. The launch of the community was attended by both young and renowned experts from several countries, among them the USA, China, Finland, Switzerland, India, and Malaysia, together with Russian experts, including representatives of the Arctic research school of the St. Petersburg State University.
The Innovation Space hosted a discussion on best cases of international youth cooperation; the participants drafted a plan for further development and implementation of economic and social projects that will lay the groundwork for the development of the Arctic region.
Such projects refer to initiatives for sustainable development and ecology, improvement of quality of life for indigenous peoples of the Far North, as well as promotion of tourism in the Arctic. The International Union for Conservation of Nature expressed its interest in the work of the community; other organizations that carry out research and practical work in this sphere are also expected to get involved.
This is not the first specialized international expert community established by the Roscongress Forundation. This format was launched at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi as the ‘Friends of Cities’ international community for development of sustainable cities. Later, a field session of the project took place in New Delhi (India). Development of these communities is coordinated by Assistant to the Roscongress Foundation Youth Policy Director Roman Chukov.
As part of brainstorming, participants discussed ideas for launching online educational platforms for research exchange and discussions on the Arctic for students and scientists from the countries represented in the Arctic Council. One of the ideas was to organize a model of the Arctic Council and the Northern Forum for school children and students.
Nehsan Selvaraj, Director of the Yayasan Aspirasi Rakyat Amalan Malaysia (ARAM) Foundation that specializes in international cultural cooperation, said: “The ‘Friends of the Arctic’ dialogue is an excellent initiative that brings together experts from all over the world to discuss projects and strategies. Such projects and initiatives can be implemented in various fields of region’s sustainable development with the use of cutting-edge technologies. This initiative will help us institutionalize an ongoing platform for exchange and further realization of ideas.”
Chairman and CEO of the Roscongress Foundation Alexander Stuglev noted: “A number of innovative suggestions refers to the development of online platforms. Exchange of knowledge and technologies will help bring up a new generation of researchers, scientists and businessmen who
will be able to sustainably develop the Arctic region over the long term. We are willing to support
this work and provide experts with opportunities to meet at forums and conferences organized by
the Roscongress Foundation in Russia and abroad.”
Official event 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’.
The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of
international conventions, exhibitions, and public events.
The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential,
promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to
comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative
services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social
entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.
The Foundation’s events draw more than 80,000 participants each year from 195 countries, with more than 10,000 media
representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional
expertise provided by 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with economic
partners from 75 countries worldwide.