The forum «The Arctic: present and future» in Saint Petersburg
9:28 7 декабря 2015
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The fifth international forum «The Arctic: present and future» is taking place in Saint Petersburg.
More than 1000 delegates from Russia and foreign countries will discuss how to improve transport accessibility, to conduct exploration and extraction of natural resources and to develop fuel and energy complex of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.
As the minister for natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation Sergey Donskoy says, the Arctic is a region rich with mineral raw material resources: more than 1000 strategic fields of natural resources required in domestic industry and on external markets are situated here. According to his words, the basic task, which stands now before the public, is to find balance between development of resources and protection of special unique ecological system of this macro-region. Russia plays a special role, as the third part of the Arctic is related to Russian territories.
It is planned that the following official persons will participate in the forum: the head of the Ministry for transport Maksim Sokolov, the minister for education and science Dmitriy Livanov, the head of the Ministry for communication Nikolay Nikiforov and the minister for building Mikhail Men, as TASS informs. Also representatives of other ministries, federal agencies and services, bodies of regional authorities and also deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the Senior Officials of the Arctic Council from Iceland, Norway, the USA, Sweden, Finland and heads of state corporations are arriving to the forum.
The resolution with suggestions and recommendations on issues of development of the Arctic will become the main result of the two-day work of the forum.
As the special presidential envoy on international cooperation in the Arctic and the Antarctica, the president of the Association of Polar Explorers Artur Chilingarov says, the Arctic always was a strategically important region for Russia. The state commission on the arctic development was created this year for complex development of the territory. And this is a remarkable decision. According to his words, today the Arctic is an object of close attention of the state that has high hopes for it. In order they would be justified it is necessary to work much and to act together.
The yearly forum is being conducted by the interregional public organization «The Association of Polar Explorers» at support of the government of the Russian Federation, regional authorities, commercial companies and scientific-research organizations. The program of the first day of this work includes the plenary session «Russian Arctic – Area of Opportunities». It is planned that representatives of bodies of the state power, leaders of scientific, business and public circles will speak on their reports. The exposition zone will present Russian achievements of socioeconomic and technological development, exhibits of culture of peoples of the North.