The XIII International Forum “The Arctic: Present and Future” will be held in St. Petersburg at the Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Center on December 7-8, 2023. More than 50 sessions will be held within 11 thematic areas of development of the Arctic region.
The topic of the plenary session will be the development of the Arctic zone in the interests of citizens of the entire country living both beyond the Arctic Circle and in other regions, the importance of the Arctic for Russia, as well as the mechanisms and priorities for the development of the macroregion.
“The Arctic is a unique territory, so it is very important to maintain a balance between economic interests and nature conservation for the sake of all residents of our country. In changing conditions, it is necessary to timely adjust tasks and ways to solve them in order to ensure balanced development of the Arctic. This is the main goal of the upcoming Forum,” said Special Representative of the Russian President for International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic, President of the Association of Polar Explorers Artur Chilingarov.
The forum annually attracts more than 2,000 participants from Russia and foreign countries. The two-day business program will feature more than 400 speakers. During the sessions, various areas of the Arctic agenda will be discussed: The New Economy of the Arctic, Favorable Living Conditions, Science, Engineering and Technology, Transport and Logistics Complex and Infrastructure, Environmental Conservation and Climate and many others.
New Forum topics include: creating conditions for launching year-round navigation along the Northern Route; views of non-regional states on the possibilities of the Arctic; the formation of a cyclical economy in the Arctic Circle; development of supporting cities and development of master plans; upbringing and education of the younger generation and the establishment of the institution of mentoring in the North; new approaches to solving personnel shortages.
According to tradition, the business program of the event will be complemented by an exhibition of new Arctic projects, as well as achievements of science and technology for the development of the Far North.
This time the Forum will open its doors not only for adults, but also for children. The event site will host the next stage of the educational project “Meeting of Generations”, which is being implemented by the Poles of the Earth MGPC. Participants of Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, scientists, veteran polar explorers and representatives of large companies operating in the Arctic zone will tell seventh and eighth grade schoolchildren about professions in demand in the Arctic Circle.
The forum is held with the support and participation of both chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Russian government, the State Commission for the Development of the Arctic, the Russian Ministry for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic and other relevant ministries and departments.
The organizer of the Forum is the Association of Polar Explorers.