Sustainable Development of Northern Territories and Indigenous Communities

05 Jun , 10:00–11:15
Joining Forces to Advance Development
Congress Centre, conference hall D2 (VEB Space)
In partnership with Norilsk Nickel

The Russian Federation is chairing the Arctic Council for the next two years, and among the focal points of international cooperation is advancing joint projects to ensure the sustainable development of the Arctic and to preserve the cultural heritage of indigenous minorities. Maintaining basic lifestyle systems and effectively catering to the interests of local populations when implementing solutions to global socioeconomic issues depends on the government’s role as regulator as well as businesses’ dedication to social responsibility objectives. How do the government and businesses interact with indigenous communities? How can we balance the interests of industrial development and efforts to preserve the natural environment? What are the sustainable development priorities of indigenous communities, and what role do they play in decision-making?

Kirill Tokarev, Editor-in-Chief, Anchor, RBC

Igor Barinov, Head, Russian Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs
Andrey Grachev, Vice President for Federal and Regional Programs, Norilsk Nickel
Natalya Komarova, Governor of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area–Yugra
Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Lars Kullerud, President, University of the Arctic (UArctic) (online)
Grigory Ledkov, President, Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation; Member of the Committee of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Self-Government and Northern Affairs
Alison LeClaire, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada in the Russian Federation
Magomedsalam Magomedov, Deputy Chief of the Executive Office of the President of the Russian Federation
Aysen Nikolaev, Head of Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
Ellen Inga Turi, Vice-President, Association of World Reindeer Herders (online)
Antti Helantera, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland in the Russian Federation