UArctic congress

University of the Arctic have made the decision to postpone UArctic Congress (originally scheduled to take place in Reykjavik, Iceland Oct 6-8, 2020) until May 2021 in conjunction with the Arctic Council Ministerial.

Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, UArctic has made the decision to postpone the held of UArctic Congress in the interests of the safety and well-being of the Arctic community.

The rescheduled UArctic Congress will continue to have a strong link to the Arctic Council chairmanship program. The event will be arranged in conjunction with the Ministerial meeting, during which the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council will be handed over from Iceland to Russia.


Acting Executive Director of the Northern Forum Daryana Maximova participated in the plenary session of SDWG virtual meeting, held on June 8-9 2020.


Pursuant to the international Convention on Biological Diversity adopted by Russia, the size of marine protected areas shall reach 10 percent of its exclusive economic zone by 2020. Currently, this indicator is about 2.4 percent, as Director of WWF Russia Dmitry Gorshkov said in his interview on the Future of Russia: National Projects website.

NSDF forum

The forum is planned to be held on September 27 – 30, 2020. The experts from Canada, the USA, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland are expected to participate.

world environment day

World Environment Day is annually celebrated on June 5th and was first established by the UN General Assembly in 1972. The reason for this worldwide action was the appeal to the UN General Secretary received on May 11, 1971. The appeal was signed by 2,200 scientists and cultural activists from 23 countries.


The Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions as well as the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area welcomed the most tourists in the Russian Arctic in 2019.

Norilsk clean up

President of Russia Vladimir Putin approved a state of emergency in Krasnoyarsk Krai, due to the incident in Norilsk. Mining company involved said the catastrophe may have been caused by climate change.


Russian scientists have built a model of the formation of craters appearing in permafrost as a result of methane emissions. The results of the study are published in two articles (1, 2) in the Geosciences journal.

Konkurs Minvr

Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic and the Agency for Human Capital Development in the Russian Far East and the Arctic invite young people to join the team that is involved in the development of the Arctic. If you want to get a job or take an internship at the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic or the Agency for Human Capital Development, you are welcome to take part in the open competition “Arctic Team” from June 1-21.

TOR Yakutia

The Parliament of Yakutia has prepared a project to create the special economic zone “Polar Star” in the Arctic part of the republic for the development of traditional industries of the North, including reindeer husbandry. This was reported on Monday by Elena Golomareva, chairman of the Committee on indigenous peoples of the North and Arctic affairs of the regional parliament.


The world's first floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), Akademik Lomonosov, has been launched in Chukotka as per an order signed by Andrei Petrov, Director of Rosenergoatom, Electric Energy Division of Rosatom.


A telephone conversation took place between President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Finland Sauli Niinistö. The leaders discussed investment projects, the international and regional agenda, including the Arctic, and also agreed to continue cooperation on various levels.