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Northern Forum side event, the Role of Regional Governments and Local Communities in Sustainable Development of the Arctic

News   •   Jan 18, 2016 15:05 CET

The Northern Forum is arranging a side-event at Arctic Frontiers. The theme is:The Role of Regional Governments and Local Communities in Sustainable Development of the Arctic.

Cost NOK 700 for non-delegates to the main Arctic Frontiers program. Due to security reasons nobody who are not registered will be allowed into the University venue. All must therefore register for this side-event in the Arctic Frontiers registration system. Non Arctic Frontiers participants should select 'non-delegates' participant type.

Time: January 27 2016, 09:00-13:00

Venue: University of Tromsø, Room: 1325

Organisers: The Northern Forum


In recent years, significantly increased interest of the international community to the potential of the Arctic. It takes new forms and new dynamics in contemporary politics. At the same time there is a grow of risks associated with complex climatic and natural conditions, the need to use the unique technology and equipment, and the lack of infrastructure. Global changes in the Arctic associated with climate change, growth of economic activities, loss of biodiversity affect the livelihoods of indigenous peoples in the Circumpolar North. Therefore, the priority tasks for the regional governments, indigenous peoples, local communities and business – is to promote sustainable development of the Arctic territories, prevention of social, economic and environmental challenges, modernization of existing and development of new infrastructure, local adaptation of population and infrastructure to the effects of climatic and other changes in the Arctic.

Regional governments and local communities have to participate in decisions making processes and in implementation of these decisions on the ground.

The Arctic Council is a high level intergovernmental forum to provide a means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic states, with the involvement of the Arctic indigenous peoples (permanent participants) and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues. Besides member states and permanent participants, observer status in the Arctic Council is open to non-arctic states, and to inter-governmental, inter-parliamentary and non-governmental organizations.

The local and regional governments should be more integrated into the work of the Arctic Council. In that way, the Arctic Council would be able to better conduct its essential task: to promote cooperation between Arctic states, indigenous peoples and other inhabitants, in particular issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

The direct and substantial participation by regional governments in international Arctic cooperation would enhance possibility of the regional governments and local communities to adapt to climate change and its consequences in the Arctic.

At the front lines of the decisions made for the Arctic regions are municipalities, territorial and state governments, and Indigenous organizations and governments. Participants of the round-table discussion The Role of Regional Governments and Local Communities in Sustainable Development of the Arcticduring the Arctic Frontiers 2016 conference will discuss how do these sub-national actors and governments from within the Arctic participate in international diplomacy which could result in outcomes that affect them? What is the role of regional governments in the work of Arctic Council, which is often regarded as the main platform for international Arctic diplomacy, how do these regional governments engage in international affairsin the Arctic? What does the future of the Arctic look like, and how will these sub-national and regional governments be involved?


Introduction & Welcome

09:00-09:10 Mikhail Pogodaev

Executive Director of the Northern Forum


09:25-09:40 Else-Berit Eikeland (Invited)

Senior Arctic Official and Ambassador to the Arctic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Norway

09:40-09:55 David Balton (Invited)

Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials, USA

09:55-10:10 Tara Sweeney (Invited)

Chair of the Arctic Economic Council, USA

10:10-10:25 Cecilie Myrseth (Confirmed)

County Governor of Troms, Norway

10:25-10:40 Mika Riipi (Invited)

County Governor of Lapland, Finland

10:40-10:55 Lars Kullerud (Confirmed)

President of UArctic, Norway

10:55-11:10 Coffee-Break

11:10-11:25 Vladimir Vasiliev (Confirmed)

the Minister of the Federal and External Relations of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia

11:25-11:40 Rune Rafaelsen (Invited)

Mayor of Sør-Varanger Municipality, Norway

11:40-11:55 Natalia Slugina (Confirmed)

Head of Department of International Affairs in the Administration of the Governor of Chukotka, Russia

11:55-12:10 Tomas Norvoll(Confirmed)

President of the County Council of Nordland, Norway

12:10-12:25 Runar Sjåstad (Invited)

County Governor of Finnmark, Norway

12:25-12:40 Nils Andreassen (Confirmed)

Director of the Institute of the North, Alaska, USA

12:40-12:55 Anders Oskal (Invited)

Executive Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, Norway

12:55-13:10 Halldor Johannsson (Confirmed)

Director General of the Arctic Portal, Iceland

13:10-13:30 Discussion & Conclusion

For more information contact Director of The Northern Forum:

Mikhail Pogodaev


Downloadable program below.

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