‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’

International Cooperation for Sustainable Development in the Arctic

16 Jun , 15:00–16:15
Hilton ExpoForum (2nd floor), Hilton Hall

The importance of the Arctic in international politics and economics is steadily increasing as its accessibility increases as a result of climate change and ice release. The region is also playing an increasingly important role in the context of global energy transition. Ensuring a sustainable future of the Arctic, balanced in its ecological, social and economic dimensions, determines the need to consolidate the Arctic as a region of peace, stability and constructive interaction, as well as saving the fragile Arctic ecosystem, developing a monitoring system, including monitoring the melting of permafrost, promoting the principle of responsible development of Arctic resources, protecting and taking into account the interests of the population of the region, including indigenous peoples of the North, the development of scientific and technical cooperation. Achieving this goal is possible only by combining efforts, implementing joint projects and initiatives, and maintaining mutually beneficial multilateral cooperation based on international law.

The session will also present the first results of the ThinkArctic project, implemented jointly by the Roscongress Foundation, the HSE Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies and the Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation under the program of Russia's chairmanship in the Arctic Council in 2021-2023. The aim of the project is to promote the Russian agenda in the field of sustainable development, strengthen constructive international dialogue and offer new points of contact for Russia's interaction in high latitudes with all interested countries and organizations.

Anastasia Likhacheva, Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Jonathan Wood, Research Assistant in Stefánsson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland Co-Founder of Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, Akureyri, Iceland Editor and Peer Reviewer оf Nordicum Mediterraneum
Venkatesh Varma Datla Bala, Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Indian Republic in the Russian Federation
Glenn Diesen, Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway
Dmitry Kobylkin, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Ecology, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Arctic Council
Zhou Liqun, President, Union of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Russia
Alexander Makarov, Director, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute
Kapoor Nivedita, Post-doctoral Fellow, International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Guo Peiqing, Professor, School of International Affairs and Public Administration, Ocean University of China
Alla Pozdnakova, Professor, University of Oslo
Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM, NM (Retd)