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Third Annual Meeting of the International Expert Council on Cooperation in the Arctic

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On 24 September during the International Exhibition on Shipbuilding, Shipping, Ports and ocean and shelf development "Neva-2015" in St Petersburg the III Annual Meeting of the International Expert Council on Cooperation in the Arctic took place.

 


The topic of the meeting was "Economic, technological and maritime cooperation in the Arctic". The event was attended by members of diplomatic missions of member countries and observer countries of the Arctic Council, representatives of Russian and foreign governments and business organizations, operating in the Arctic, other Russian and foreign experts. The plenary speakers were - President of the Transport Union of the North-West, an adviser to the Governor of St. Petersburg Vladimir Hodyrev, Head of an independent research center World Stability Observatory Luis Fraga (Spain), deputy of the State Duma, President of the RAIPON Grigory Ledkov, representative of the International Maritime Organization of the United Nations Mikhail Gappoev and others. Expert from the Center for Strategic Assessments and Forecasts, post-graduate of the
national security department of RANEPA Dmitry Medvedev presented the results of a major study on economic cooperation in the Arctic and Arctic Economic Council activity. The business community was represented by the chairman of the Union of the Arctic "Northern industrialists and businessmen," a member of the State Commission on the Development of the Arctic Alexandr Fedotovskiy. Moderator - Director of the Center for Strategic Assessments and forecasts, Ph.D. Sergey Griniaev.

Participants of the meeting discussed the strategic challenges, development and forecasting the geopolitical and geo-economic situation in the Arctic, the problems of technical support of Arctic exploration, safe navigation in the polar latitudes, financial and economic aspects. The main thesis of the event - the necessiity of supporting of the international dialogue in solving the common problems of development in the Arctic, including in law, environment, mining, development of the Northern Sea Route and other topics.

Also at the meeting of the Expert Council was presented the first issue of the official publication of the International Expert Council on Cooperation in the Arctic - the journal "Arctic Review" in Russian and English.

The event organizers - the Center for Strategic Assessments and Forecasts, and the Foundation for Public Diplomacy under A.M.Gorchakov.

Photo by Alexey Vorobiev

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