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IX annual meeting of the International Expert Council on Cooperation in the Arctic (IECCA)

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On November 18, 2021, the IX annual meeting of the International Expert Council on Cooperation in the Arctic (IECCA) was held. During the event, experts from Norway, China, India, Australia, as well as from the International Maritime Organization of the United Nations, institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RSPP spoke. In total, representatives of 12 countries have registered, including 7 representatives of embassies (Finland, Iceland, India, Singapore, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland).


The seventh issue of the Arctic Review, the official publication of the International Expert Council for Cooperation in the Arctic, was prepared for the event. It contained the main theses of the speakers and participants of the event, namely 14 articles by authors from 7 countries in English and Russian.

Secretary of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Russia Jeske Klein and the deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, first deputy of the Transport and Transport Infrastructure Development Pavel Fedyaev delivered welcoming remarks to the participants.

Rasmus Bereltsen, professor of The Arctic University of Norway, who opened the event, emphasized the dual nature of the development of information and communication and satellite systems in the Arctic. The development of economic activity in the polar latitudes inevitably entails the improvement of the above-mentioned systems, which, in fact, can be "dual-use" tools, in particular, satellites are used by countries to solve intelligence tasks. In his opinion, security in space is the most relevant area of ensuring international security, the institutions of which are still being worked out by key players.

Professor Tina Hunter of the Australian University in her report at the meeting stressed the importance of infrastructure development, including information, along the Northern Sea Route.

The representative of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ozkan Istanbullu noted that the digitalization of shipping in the Arctic is taking place intensively.

The report by Aleksandr V. Fedotovskikh a member of the Presidium of the RSPP- Zapolarye, focused on the prospects for the development of unmanned aerial vehicles in the Russian Arctic. He noted both the advantages of such technologies in the implementation of some solutions in the field of AI, and the complexity of implementing such projects due to high capital intensity.

Indian expert Javed Zafar noted the need to develop geospatial data processing systems for the integrated development of the Russian Arctic. In particular, Canada has a Canadian Data Center on Indigenous Peoples, GeoData portals (for example, the Biological Diversity Data Service from the Arctic Council's Working Group on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna), Polar Data Catalogs of the Canadian Manual on Cryospheric Information, etc. The issue, according to the speaker, is extremely important and will ensure practical cooperation between both Arctic and non-Arctic countries.

The report of Valery Zhuravel, the Head of the Center for Arctic Studies of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, concluded the plenary part and reviewed the main milestones in the development of the Arctic Council and summed up some of the results of the 25-year work of this regional organization. As the speaker noted, the comprehensive program of the Russian presidency will ensure the inclusion of both the "green agenda" in the work of the council and issues of protecting the interests of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.

Full recording of the plenary session in online format:

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