From December 5 to 7 2018, St. Petersburg will host the VIII International Forum: “The Arctic: the Present and the Future”, which annually sums up the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, forms relevant areas of interaction between the authorities and society for the development of the polar region. The forum has been held since 2011 and is a public platform for discussing comprehensive and strategic decisions on the socio-economic development of the Arctic zone and the development of practical measures for their implementation.

The business program of the Forum provides for the holding of two plenary sessions, during which issues of improving the quality of life in the Arctic zone, as well as prospects for the development of international non-governmental interactions will be discussed. As part of the panel and working sessions, round tables, it is planned to consider current changes in the Arctic legislation, mining and processing of minerals, industrial development, transport potential, liquidation of accumulated environmental damage, development of Arctic tourism, staffing, prospects for the use of small and renewable energy supplies, other issues .

It is expected that more than 2,000 delegates from the Russian Federation and foreign countries will take part in the Forum, including representatives of relevant federal and regional authorities, backbone companies, scientific, educational and public organizations.

The resolution of the Forum will be sent to the relevant ministries of the Government of the Russian Federation, committees of the State Duma of the Russian Federation to take into account in the work and prepare reasoned answers on the initiatives of the participants of the Forum.

In parallel with the business program, an exhibition exposition is planned within the Forum. It will present regional projects for the development of the Arctic, as well as modern technologies that can be applied in the harsh conditions of the Far North.

The preliminary program of the Forum can be found here: http://www.forumarctic.com/eng/conf2018/agenda/agenda/