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As part of the work of the expert council, a plenary meeting of the Youth Section of the VIII annual meeting of the International Expert Council for Cooperation in the Arctic (IECCA) was held in English. The plenary session was moderated by Dmitry Medvedev, Secretary of the International Expert Council on Arctic Cooperation, Candidate of Political Sciences and Hunter Tina Soliman, Professor at Macquarie Law School (Australia).

On November 12, 2020, the VIII annual meeting of The international expert Council for cooperation in the Arctic (IECCA) was held in an online format. The topic of the meeting: “Science, Education and Human Resources Development for Arctic Projects Implementation". Russian and foreign experts, representatives of business and government involved in the development of the Arctic made presentations at the plenary session. The main topics of the meeting were the specifics of training personnel for the Arctic and forms of international cooperation in this area.

In the program of the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023, Russia will use an inclusive approach to managing the Arctic region, said Nikolai Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry for International Cooperation in the Arctic, senior official in the Arctic Council.
“For its chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the Russian Federation will rely on a strong foundation of Arctic cooperation. The presidency program is still being prepared. Russia, as the largest Arctic country, lays in its foundation the logic of a comprehensive, inclusive approach to ensuring responsible governance of the Arctic region. At its basis, we are just laying the concept of sustainable development, which implies a harmonious combination of three components - social, economic and environmental, ”said Korchunov during the International Forum“ Days of the Arctic and Antarctic in Moscow ”.
He also added that biosafety issues will also be in the focus of Russia.
“During its chairmanship in the Arctic Council, Russia will support projects to reduce emissions, solve the problem of eliminating the consequences of accumulated environmental damage to the region,” he said.
Alexander Krutikov, First Deputy Head of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, also expressed interest in resolving issues related to the consequences of climate change.
“Within the framework of the upcoming chairmanship, among the most important issues, we will jointly consider common challenges and, above all, the challenge associated with climate change. <...> This is a global challenge, the consequences of which can be minimized by the entire Arctic community. The climate agenda will be one of the key ones, and we intend to propose new formats of cooperation within the chairmanship, ”Krutikov said.
Korchunov also explained that Russia wants the Arctic to become a truly attractive region for investors. He noted that interaction of the members of the Arctic Council in the field of science is also necessary.

The international forum, Arctic and Antarctic Days in Moscow, will be held from November 25-27 via videoconference. Russia will present the program for its chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023. The event will include an international scientific congress. The Russian Antarctic research station Vostok will be available for videoconferencing with the participants.

This year’s forum organizers are the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.

According to the organizers, the business program of the event includes presentations of support measures for entrepreneurial activity in the Arctic and of the Arctic Initiatives Center projects. A special session will be devoted to Arctic tourism development, local infrastructure improvements and environmental protection. Scientists from Russia, UK, US, Iceland and South Korea will take part in the international scientific congress Open Arctic and Antarctic. Leading representatives of the global scientific community will discuss priorities in the study and development of the Arctic, as well as the global significance of science as a public diplomacy tool in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Another important topic to be raised at the forum has to do with a plan to implement the Strategy for Developing the Russian Arctic Zone and Ensuring National Security until 2035. It will be the highlight of the plenary session, which will be attended by the minister of the Russian Far East and Arctic, the minister of Natural Resources, and heads of the regions in the Russian Arctic zone. One of the key speakers at the forum will be Terry Callaghan from Great Britain, a leading expert on environmental change and a Nobel Prize awardee, who is a regular participant of Arctic Days in Moscow. He will also deliver an online lecture on weather anomalies and the Arctic’s impact on the Earth’s climate.

All the events will be streamed online. The organizers will post updates on how to join at the Arctic and Antarctic Days in Moscow website,

On October 13-14, 2020, a meeting of BRICS Ministers of Energy was held via videoconference. Speaking at the event, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said that Russia’s Arctic zone holds immense hydrocarbon reserves, estimated at 7.33 billion metric tons of oil and 50.45 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, or 24.7% and 72.1% of Russia’s total recoverable reserves, respectively.

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