About international forum «Arctic – territory for dialogue»

On 8-10th of April director of The Research Center for SCO and APR of Khabarovsk State University (KSUEL) of Economics and Law Aleksandr Voronenko took part in international forum «Arctic – territory for dialogue» in St. Petersburg.

The event is one of the biggest dialogue platforms for exchange of opinions on the issue of sustainable development of the Arctic. This year such problems as development of Northern Sea Route, perspectives of gas and oil extraction in the Arctic, construction of infrastructure in High North conditions, support of small business in the region, extraction of solid minerals, transport interaction of Arctic, Far East, Siberia and Urals, perspectives and frameworks of cooperation in Barents region and others were discussed during forum. Ecological problems of the Arctic and climate change either were not left behind. Beside this, The Second Meeting of Governors of Northern Forum took place on the ground of the forum. Leader of Khabarovsk territory, which joined the Northern Forum last year, also participated in the meeting.

The leaders of Russia, Norway, Finland, Iceland and other countries visited «Arctic – territory for dialogue». High-level summits in bilateral and multilateral formats took place on the ground of the forum. Total of more than 3000 participants, including more than 300 foreigners, joined the event.

Forum «Arctic – territory for dialogue» was used by Russian side for comprehensive presentation of the potential, perspectives and plans for the development of Arctic Zone of Russian Federation.  Organizers also established a good platform for exchange of experience and ideas on scientific research in the field of sustainable Arctic development,

Thus, A. Voronenko had a conversation with the Executive Director Polar Law and Politics Research Institute of Ocean University of China (OUC), professor Guo Peiqing. As a result of this meeting our University was invited into the huge research project on the issue of using the Russian river system Ob – Irtysh in organization of transit shipments between Northern Sea Route and Silk Road Economic Belt. The first work shop of this project will take place on 5-8th of September this year in Qingdao on the base of Ocean University of China. Except KSUEL and OUC Tyumen State University, Siberian Federal University (Krasnoyarsk), North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk), Kazakh National University, Karaganda State University, Academy of Justice of Supreme Court of Kazakh Republic and Heilongjiang Engineering University will take part in this project. In perspective there is a plan to involve Indian scientific organizations.

Also, A. Voronenko reached an arrangement with Northern (Arctic) Federal University (Archangelsk) on participation of our researcher in so called «Sailing University», which will take place in July-August of 2019. It will be a 20-day sailing in northern seas of Russian Arctic Zone, research work, lectures and seminars. Representatives of KSUEL will bring to the attention of participants the information on socio-economic situation and perspectives for development of polar territories of Russian Far East.

Beside the noticed above, lots of information on Arctic issues was obtained during the forum «Arctic – territory for dialogue», which will be used by our researchers in their work. It would be great for the development of Russian Arctic Science and for the development of our Arctic Zone if Russia will hold more of such events.

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