The Northern Sustainable Development Forum – a permanent international expert platform, will be held September 24-28, 2019 under the auspices of the Northern Forum. The Northern Sustainable Development Forum will gather scientists and experts from seven Arctic countries, as well as from China, South Korea and Japan. Forum participants will discuss important problems of the modern Arctic and present international projects.

The Northern Sustainable Development Forum will be held in the capital of the region for the first time. In the future, this Forum will become annual and seeks to become one of the world’s leading platforms for discussing the issues and prospects of sustainable development of the Arctic and the North.

The event will bring together more than one hundred foreign experts and scientists, more than 200 professionals from various fields will represent Yakutia. Lectures will be given by representatives of the North-Eastern Federal University, the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts, the Yakut State Agricultural Academy, the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Permafrost Institute and other educational institutions.

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"The idea to hold the Northern Forum arose as early as last year. We will work in four areas - the socio-economic sphere, ecology and climate change, the population of the Arctic, as well as cooperation between the countries of the Arctic zone and Asia. There are a total of 27 diverse venues. Our goal is to involve as many experts, scientists and specialists in international cooperation as possible,” noted First Deputy Minister for External Relations and Ethnic Affairs of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Vladimir Vasiliev.

Representatives of Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, USA, Finland, as well as various regions of Russia will speak at the Northern Forum. In addition, there will be scientists from China, South Korea and Japan. Experts will discuss the security of investments in the Arctic zone, the digital economy, the problems of indigenous peoples of the North at a plenary meeting, panel discussions and lectures. One of the topics of the Forum’s master classes will be shift work in the north.

The main result of the Forum should be the launch of specific international projects; the organizers have already received more than ten applications from the participants. For instance, on September 27, Iceland will present the project of an information system for business in the Arctic; the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts (Yakutsk) will present the Children of the Arctic and Art of the Arctic projects.

Events within the framework of the Forum are organized also by the Ministry of Arctic Development and Northern Affairs of Yakutia. The Ministry will hold an exit session on the development of the Arctic zone, a round table on the state of traditional industries, training courses and an expert session on the Northern Sea Route.

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“Yakutia should play a key role in the Arctic zone. Given all the global processes, global warming, it is necessary to strike a balance between the development of natural resources for economic development and the preservation of our fragile nature for future generations. think this is the main topic of the Forum. We have a lot of experience, we can share our experience in the field of social support for nomadic schools, preservation of languages and culture, development of traditional industries. We are also interested in exploring the experience of colleagues in the field of energy, housing and utilities, social infrastructure and transport in the Arctic,” noted the deputy head of the Ministry of Arctic of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic Mikhail Pogodaev.