River in Yakutia, Russia

SM Komarova

“New points of political instability are another challenge for the world’s Arctic and northern regions; they aggravate the need for effective international and interregional communication platforms”.

 

Natalia Komarova,

Governor of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug–Yugra

(Photo: Getty Images) The Northern Region has many faces. Historically it has been veiled by an aura of mystique, a frozen wonderland untouched both by the outside and the effects of industrialization, populated by a mysterious group of people from a different phase in the history of man. As interesting and romantic this notion may seem, it holds little or no truth in the Arctic today.

The Arctic is literally on top of the world, the earth rotating around the two poles, in the North and the South. But the Arctic is not just about the North Pole - the Arctic region stretches much further in all directions, even splitting the earth into the East and the West, famous identities in the world history.

Once a joke about vast wilderness where nobody ever went, the Arctic is becoming increasingly popular in many ways making the life of the 4 million people living in the region both scary and exiting at the same time.

Climate change is the one major denominator for the change in the region today. Because of its clear visibility in the Arctic, peoples eyes have moved north in recent years.

While the melting sea ice has led to problems for local people to practice their traditional livelihoods, it has also created unprecedented opportunities, including shipping in the Arctic. By sailing through the Arctic Ocean, the shipping route from Europe to Asia is significantly shorter and therefore very attractive for shipping companies.

In addition, enormous amounts of resources lie in the area, including oil and gas reserves that are extremely valuable. Resource exploitation has already begun, but the challenges are many when the area is so big and so far from any infrastructure.

The Arctic is thus both an industrial region, as well as a region in close connection to its history and culture. A mixture of traditional subsistence activities as well as a part of the global market economy. The new and the old submerge to strengthen each other with new technology and knowledge, contributing to a cultural rejuvenation occurring in the Arctic.

With more research and more interest from policy makers in the Arctic, they eyes of the media has also cantered further to the north. With more media attention the general public learns more and more about the Arctic.

But what exactly is in the Arctic? Who lives there? What animals live there? What is it all about? The Arctic Portlet seeks to answer all the general questions about this exciting area giving the readers an insightful peek into one of the world's last true wildernesses.

 

Learn about the Arctic from the Arctic Portlet.

24 Jun 2022
The Northern Forum express gratitude to Governor of Gangwon Province Mr. Choi Moon-soon

 

On behalf of the Northern Forum we would like to express our gratitude and thanks to His Excellency Governor of Gangwon Province Mr. Choi Moon-soon for fruitful and hard work over the years of service. 

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24 Jun 2022
The delegation of the Republic of Vietnam visited the Northern Forum Secretariat

On June 24, a delegation of the Republic of Vietnam, represented by the Consul General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Vladivostok, Mr. Nguyen Dang Hien, the consul’s wife, Mrs. Nguyen Thu Kiun, [ ... ]

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11 Jun 2022
The Russian-Asian Arctic Research Consortium was created on the initiative of the Northern Forum and the North-Eastern Federal University

The Russian-Asian Arctic Research Consortium was created on the initiative of the International Organization of the Northern Regions The Northern Forum and the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) [ ... ]

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09 Jun 2022
Issues of Innovations Development in the Arctic were considered at the Youth Startup Forum

On June 9, 2022, the Youth Startup Forum was held in Khanty-Mansyisk, one of the events of the Northern Youth Forum, held as part of the Arctic Startup Expedition dedicated to technology and entrepreneurship.

Northern Youth Forum
07 Jun 2022
The Summer Regional Coordinators Committee Meeting of the Northern Forum was held on June 6-7 in Khanty-Mansyisk, Khanty-Mansyisk Autonomous Okrug - Yugra

The Summer Regonal Coordinators Committee Meeting of the Northern Forum was held on June 6-7 in Khanty-Mansyisk, Khanty-Mansyisk Autonomous Okrug - Yugra.

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06 Jun 2022
The Participants of the Northern Forum Regional Coordinators Committee Meeting planted trees as part of the Garden of Friendship International Action in Khanty-Mansyisk

The Participants of the Northern Forum Regional Coordinators Committee Meeting planted trees as part of the Garden of Friendship International Action during the XIII International IT Forum and the XIX [ ... ]

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Members of the Northern Forum

4th Northern Sustainable Development Forum

September 27-30, 2022
Yakutsk, Russia

Board of Governors
Regional Coordinators Committee (RCC)
Business Partners
Goodwill Ambassadors
Mika Riipi

Message from the Chair of the Northern Forum

In 2021, the Northern Forum celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Lapland was elected to fulfill the responsibilities of the Chairmanship from April 2021 until April 2023 in the Northern Forum XIV General Assembly held in Naryan-Mar, Nenets Autonomous Okrug in April 2021. It is a great honor for me to follow in the footsteps of Hannele Pokka, latest Lappish chairman of the Northern Forum 2001-2005.

Northern Youth Forum

Northern Youth Forum

The Northern Youth Forum (NYF) is a youth wing of the Northern Forum, consisting of representatives of young people from the age of 16 to 40 years.

Mission of the NYF is to strengthen the spirit of trust and cooperation between young representatives of Northern regions and countries at the stage of personal and professional views’ formation.

Goal of the NYF is to promote the interests and views of young people in solving the problems facing the Northern Forum by using the potential of international youth cooperation.