Yakutsk, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia
September 24-28, 2019

Sustainable development is a major challenge of our age. In 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, the concept of global development named “sustainable development”, derived from the Brundtland Report, was officially acknowledged; it can be classified as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations”. In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and which implementation should involve not only governments but also transnational companies, charity foundations, community, NGOs and academia worldwide. Essentially, sustainable development implies equilibrium between the economic, environmental and social fields of human activity. 


In 1991, the Governor of the State of Alaska Walter J. Hickel initiated the establishment of the international non-government organization of Northern regions’ governors “The Northern Forum”, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and support sustainable development in the cold-climate regions. Until now, the Northern Forum has been the only international organization of the North and the Arctic aimed to maintain interregional cooperation throughout the circumpolar Arctic and establish the “North-South” dialogue, primarily with the countries of the Asia-Pacific.    

Over its history of almost 30 years, the Northern Forum has implemented numerous projects working for the socio-economic development of the regions and organized hundreds of events. The organization’s General Assembly is held biannually, where the general issues of the regions and business partners’ collaboration are addressed in addition to the organizational ones. Lately, the practice of holding the Northern Forum Governors’ Summit to identify the priority areas of cooperation for the short-term has been introduced. 10 working groups have been set up to launch project activities in the areas of cooperation.    

The Northern Forum is a pro-active participant of the large-scale international platforms established in Iceland, Norway, Finland and the Russian North-West, where the full range of the Arctic development issues is addressed. At the same time, the regional concerns of the northern territories adjacent to the Arctic zone and having all the markings of cold regions are under-covered. The discussion of the Arctic’s North-East sustainable development issues is also quite shallow, which makes it impossible to properly assess the significance and contribution of such a vast territory to the sustainable development of the North in the global context, taking into account that most of the permafrost is located here and all climate changes occurring in this micro-region have global impact.    

At this end, as well as taking into account the need for joining efforts in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the autonomous non-profit organization “The University of the Arctic in Russia” and the Northern Forum’s Working Group on Regional Adaptation to Climate Change have initiated the establishment of The Northern Sustainable Development Forum – a permanent international expert platform in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) under the auspices of the Northern Forum.       

In the future, this Forum will become annual and seeks to become one of the world’s leading platforms for discussing the issues and prospects of sustainable development of the Arctic and the North and implementing relevant projects on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development throughout the circumpolar Arctic and the Extreme North.   

Goal – bring together the most prominent experts of the circumpolar and Asian countries for future project activities. Yakutia can become a bridge joining the Arctic and Asia. The participants of the Forum will represent various fields of expertise: academia, officialdom, community service and business.

Format of the Forum

  • plenary session,
  • themed sessions, round tables,
  • activities of the Northern Forum working groups,
  • activities of international and other organizations,
  • В2В of the experts with the industrial and other companies as well as the representatives of regional administrations.
  • Lectures, foresight sessions, master classes, field works are possible.

Sightseeing will be offered to the participants.  

Proposals to the Forum’s agenda

If you wish to arrange an event frameworked by the Forum (a session, a panel discussion, a round table, a lecture, your organization’s event), apply at www.nsdf.ru

Application deadline: June 30, 2019

The event’s initiator determines its format, conditions of participation, moderators and shapes its agenda and list of participants.


To attend the Forum, register at www.nsdf.ru

The registration fee is USD 100 and is paid via the Forum’s website at registration.

For early bird registration (before June 1, 2019), the registration fee is USD 50.

If registering before July 1, 2019, the registration fee is USD 75.

After this date, the full registration fee is paid.

ATTENTION OF THE FORUM’S PARTNERS: Please contact the Forum’s Secretariat to discuss the partnership conditions.

When registering, remember to select the events and format of participation (moderator, participant – with presentation, without presentation). It is also required to attach a 4×5 cm color photo in high resolution (white background, JPEG) for a badge.

Registration deadline for foreign citizens: August 1, 2019

Registration deadline for Russian citizens: September 1, 2019

Issuing invitations for foreign participants

Participants from the countries with which the Russian Federation has a visa regime should attach the scans of their passports at registration to get the official invitations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.   

Working languages, translation and interpreting

The Forum’s working languages are English and Russian. Depending on the number of the simultaneous events and availability of the equipment, simultaneous and consecutive translation is provided.

On the Forum’s website you can order your paper’s or presentation’s translation from Russian into English and from English into Russian.

ATTENTION – The service is chargeable! The charge can be asked for at the Forum’s Translating and Interpreting Service.

Translation submission deadline: September 1, 2019


Applications for presentations at the plenary and its sessions are selected by the Forum’s Program Committee.

The presentations for the events frameworked by the Forum are selected by their moderators.

If you have applied for making a presentation at the Forum, please make sure to submit the text and the presentation to Forum’s Translating and Interpreting Service.

Deadline for submission of texts and presentations to the Forum’s Translating and Interpreting Service: September 1, 2019

Organizing events within the framework of the Forum

If you have applied for organizing the event, make sure to submit the following information to the Forum’s Secretariat:

  • Goals and objectives of the event
  • Agenda
  • Number and list of participants  
  • Handouts
  • Venue requirements
  • Funding sources

Moderators are responsible for organizing the event and coordinate all their activities with the Forum’s Secretariat. Shall the event be cancelled, the Secretariat must be notified on August 1, 2019 at the latest.   

Mass media accreditation

To work at the Forum, all mass media must obtain accreditation.

Foreign mass media must have accreditation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The Rules of Accreditation and Stay of Correspondents of Foreign Mass Media on the Territory of the Russian Federation are available at:


Initiators of the Forum

  • Autonomous non-profit organization “The University of the Arctic in Russia”
  • The Northern Forum’s Working Group on Regional Adaptation to Climate Change


  • Government of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia);
  • Northern Forum Secretariat;
  • M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University:
  • Department of International Studies, Institute of Modern Languages and Regional Studies;
  • International UNESCO Chair “Social and Human Adaptation of the Arctic Regions to Climate Change”;
  • Department  of International Relations
  • Northern Forum Working Group on Environment and Conservation of Biodiversity;

Northern Forum Working Group on Assessment of Quality of Life in the Arctic Regions;

Key contacts

Registration and Accreditation Service: 
Translating and Interpreting Service:  
Web: www.nsdf.ru