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Northern Forum’s Regional Coordinators Committee (RCC) meeting took place at Naryan-Mar, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia, on November 21-23, 2018.

Governor of Nenets Autonomous Okrug Alexander Tsybulsky welcomed

RCC and said: “Today Naryan-Mar hosts a meeting of Northern Forum’s RCC, which serves as a platform for communication and exchange of experience between representatives of the Northern Forum’s member regions and everyone who is interested in a constructive dialogue aimed at resolving issues related to the development of northern territories.

Each of our regions faces the challenges of industrial development of territory and aims at ensuring a comfortable life for people who live in our special climatic conditions. In many ways, those challenges and aims are precisely what sets the agenda of the Regional Coordinators Committee’s cooperative work, and define the goals to which we must come within the framework of an elaborated development strategy of the organization.

Of course, the success of joint activities depends on a constructive dialogue and mutual interest. I hope that solutions and initiatives worked out on these days will strengthen our fruitful cooperation.

I wish you success and promising solutions!”

Governor of Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Chairman of the Northern Forum Alexander Tsybulsky stated that the main objective of Nenets Autonomous Okrug’s Chairmanship is an ensuring real interaction between the NF member regions: - We are ready to share our knowledge and practical developments and are certainly interested in learning from the experience of other northern regions. One of key tasks that Nenets Autonomous Region has set itself is to ensure productive cooperation between regions, focused on concrete results for the population of our territories, - said Governor Tsybulsky. The Governor also noted that Nenets Autonomous Okrug is already an international platform for discussing main issues of the northern regions: “Representatives from different countries gather in our territory to discuss development of telemedicine in the Arctic and remote settlements. We have experience in implementing international projects in the fields of energy supply and development of northern peoples’ traditional crafts”.

“The Northern Forum will help Nenets Autonomous Okrug to use the best world practices,” said Ivan Boltenkov, Deputy Governor of Nenets Autonomous Okrug, at a meeting of the Northern Forum’s Regional Coordinators Committee.

MAP Boltenkov

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Ivan Boltenkov recalled that currently Nenets Autonomous Okrug is a Chairman of the Northern Forum. Authority has been received in April, 2018, from Krasnoyarsk Krai. For two years, Nenets Autonomous Okrug will oversee development of northern territories at the international and interregional level.

According to Ivan Boltenkov, this will enable the region to bring the best world practices into Nenets Autonomous Okrug by all possible means and methods. Among them, he singled out development of transport and municipal infrastructure, health care, resource-extracting enterprises, and the improvement of indigenous peoples’ life quality in the North. Each of these areas, the Deputy Governor of Nenets Autonomous Okrug noted, has common features and is relevant for all regions, including foreign ones which are included in the Northern Forum.

- In general, our tasks in the chairmanship’s framework are not very different from the block of tasks that the Governor sets. This is, above all, the improvement of the northerners’ life quality by all means available to us. It is important to use the experience of colleagues, avoiding "reinventing the wheel". For our part, we are also ready to share those practices that have been accumulated in the region, - said Ivan Boltenkov.

Activities of the Northern Forum are aimed at improving the northern people’s life quality. Its objectives are:

to become a platform where northern regions’ leaders will exchange experience and knowledge in solving common problems;

to implement joint socio-economic initiatives and projects between the northern regions;

to organize international forums.

The Northern Forum’s Strategy is scheduled to be approved in April 2019. This was announced at the meeting of the Expert Council by Executive Director of the Northern Forum, Mikhail Pogodaev.

Pelyasov Pogodayev

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As Mikhail Pogodaev explained at opening of the meeting, a work on the strategy was begun in 2015 at the General Assembly in Yakutsk. Then the governors of the northern regions made a joint decision to develop a strategy to “Strengthen the voice of regional governments”.

In 2015, the Chairmanship in the Northern Forum was transferred to Krasnoyarsk Krai. All this time, work on Northern Forum’s Strategy has been done. An obligation to transfer all thoughts to paper and to form a strategy was assumed by Lapland, Finland. The governor of Lapland presented the document in April, 2018, at the Northern Forum’s General Assembly in Krasnoyarsk.


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The main task of today's roundtable is to once again discuss the Strategy. We sincerely hope that there will be comments and good ideas aimed to improve this document. We propose to approve the Strategy at a meeting of the Northern Forum’s Board of Governors, which will be held within the framework of International forum “The Arctic: Territory of Dialogues”. It will be held in Arkhangelsk on April, 2019, - said the NF Executive Director Mikhail Pogodaev.

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At the end of the RCC meeting, a brief but capacious meeting was held with the Governor of Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Chairman of the Northern Forum Alexander Tsybulsky.

“Nenets Autonomous Okrug is ready for the most active actions to promote the Northern Forum and increase its authority at the highest level. Alexander Tsybylsky’s confidence gives us all hope that it will be so” said the First Deputy Minister of external relations and ethnic affairs of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Vladimir Vasilyev, who for many years headed the Academy of the Northern Forum and previously headed the Ministry of external relations and ethnic affairs of Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

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An expert of the Project Office for Arctic Development Alexander Vorotnikov said: “I discussed with Mikhail Pogodaev possible formats of interaction between the Northern Forum and the PORA Expert Center. In particular, we discussed Northern Forum’s participation in supporting an educational program “Nomadic University”, as well as joint organization and holding of the International Interdisciplinary Conference “Northern Forum on Sustainable Development”. The PORA Expert Center actively works on the sustainable development of the Russian Arctic zone. For example, PORA works on the Polar Index Project and its further development as the Barents Index. Both sides (The PORA Expert Center and the Northern Forum) are interested in cooperation”.


Following the RCC meeting a “Report on the Northern Forum’s activities for 2018”, a “Northern Forum’s Work Plan for 2019” and a “Northern Forum’s Budget for 2019” were reviewed and adopted.

Preliminary support, taking into account  comments of the RCC, received the following projects submitted from the Northern Forum's member regions:


Project name

Regions of the project


Детский экологический пресс-центр в рамках «Северного форума по устойчивому развитию»

Children's Environmental Press Center within the framework of the Northern Sustainable Development Forum

Республика Саха (Якутия), Россия

Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia (initiator)

Лапландия, Финляндия

Lapland, Finland

Ханты-Мансийский А.О. – Югра, Россия

Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Yugra, Russia

Красноярский край, Россия

Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia

Магаданская область, Россия

Magadan Oblast, Russia


Северный форум по устойчивому развитию

Northern Sustainable Development Forum


Республика Саха (Якутия), Россия 

Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia (initiator)

Чукотский А.О., Россия

Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia

Ненецкий А.О., Россия

Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia

Лапландия, Финляндия

Lapland, Finland

Акурейри, Исландия

Akureyri, Iceland

Ямало-Ненецкий А.О., Россия

Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia


Культурное наследие Арктики и Дальневосточного Федерального округа

The cultural heritage of the Arctic and the Far Eastern Federal District


Республика Саха (Якутия), Россия

Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia

Приморский край, Россия

Primorsky Krai, Russia (initiator)

Камчатский край, Россия

Kamchatka Krai, Russia

Архангельская область, Россия

Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia

Республика Бурятия, Россия

Republic of Buryaria, Russia

Ханты-Мансийский А.О. – Югра, Россия

Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Yugra, Russia



Лапландия, Финляндия

Lapland, Finland

Акурейри, Исландия

Akureyri, Iceland


Человек в Арктике

Human in the Arctic


Регионы-члены Северного Форума 

The Northern Forum Member Regions (Sakha Republic - initiator)



Продовольственная безопасность для будущих поколений

Food security for the Next Generation

Регионы-члены Северного Форума

The Northern Forum Member Regions (Alaska - initiaror)






«Школа жизни на севере»

"School of Life in the North"


Республика Саха (Якутия), Россия

Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia (initiator)

Красноярский край

Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia

Аляска, США

Alaska, USA

Лондон, Великобритания

London, UK

г. Хобарт, Австралия

Hobart, Australia


The International Festival of the Arctic Indigenous Languages "Arctic Call"

Международный фестиваль языков коренных народов Арктики «Арктический зов»


Регионы-члены Северного Форума

The Northern Forum Member Regions (Sakha Rebublic - initiator)

Регионы Российской Федерации

Russian Federation regions



Арктический Бизнес-каталог Северного Форума

Arctic Business Directory


Регионы-члены Северного Форума 

The Northern Forum Member Regions (Arctic Portal, Iceland, - initiator)






Регионы, входящие в Арктическую зону Российской Федерации, страны с арктическими территориями

Russian Arctic regions, Arctic countries (Chukotka A.O. - initiator)