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The conference held in partnership with the Northern Forum Sustainable Development program is held the third time in Yakutsk.

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18th Uarctic Council Forum took place in Ulan-Ude (Buryatia) on June 14-18, 2015. The venue – Buryat State University has also hosted an Arctic dialogue in the Global Dimension Conference at the same time.

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The Northern Forum Infectious Diseases Working Group has taken part in 16th International Congress of Circumpolar Health in Oulu, Finland. The event was held on June 8-12. The InternationaI Congress on Circumpolar Health (ICCH) series are arranged every three years in Arctic countries or countries related to Arctic issues. First congress of the series was arranged in 1967, and it was previously hosted by Oulu in 1971.

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Sulus LLC. based in St.Petersburg has joined the Northern Forum as a new business partner.

Sulus LLC. operates since 2004 inhigh technology engineering in system intergration on the Russian IT Market and systems of industrial automatization.

hms-erebusButtons. Plates. A medicine bottle filled with viscous goo. These are among the last remnants of the doomed Franklin expedition, an 1845 journey to the Arctic that ended with two ships sunk and 129 lives lost.

DSC 0270In Korea, the founding of the Korean nation is commemorated on Gaecheonjeol (개천절; 開天節; literally "Opening Sky Day"), the 3rd of October.  It is one of the six national holidays of South Korea and, though not a holiday, celebrated in North Korea.

11224 Snow is the new documentary film of Egor Makarov, business partner of the Northern Forum. This is his fourth motion picture. This time the film is oriented to a Western viewer and is taking part in international film festivals. One thing that remained the same over the time is its protagonist – a Yakutian horse. Extreme climate of the Arctic Yakutia is an everyday survival challenge, forcing a human to struggle with nature and himself.

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THE GUARDIAN, May 17, 2015. Shell has been caught in an embarrassing spat over its plan for a $50,000 (£31,727) video competition aimed at 18-34-year-olds to promote its view that the world still needs fossil fuels despite climate change.

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 Northern Forum open doors between cultures. They build bridges and even a small business partner can get a lot out of being a part of Northern Forum says Anders Bjorklund from Predator Center Gronklitt in Sweden. Together with designer Ingvor Ljung we have been invited to participate in the unique Bear Festival among Khantys.

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INTERFAX, May 12. Russian scientists were unable to commence research of Yamal giant crater due to impassability of spring terrain. The crater was discovered in 2014 near Bovanenkovsky mine, as large as 60 meters in diameter with its depth yet unknown. It is believed to be a result of a pneumatic explosion caused by deterioration of gas hydrates. In future it is likely to turn into a tundra lake that is common in Yamal.

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The US government has given Shell approval to restart drilling in the Arctic despite repeated warnings from environmentalists that it could lead to an ecological disaster.

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Due to requests of multiple Northern Forum member regions, the Secretariat hereby announces that the 12th General Assembly holding date is changing, therefore it is no longer planned on September 3-5, 2015. Please follow the Northern Forum newsletter for updates on this matter. Looking forward to meeting you all this autumn!