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SM Tsib Komarova

“Starting from 2015, we have been actively developing a strategy for the Northern Forum. We still exist without on, despite the crucial role our alliance plays in developing of northern regions and the Arctic zone”


Alexander Tsybulskiy,

Governor of Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Northern Forum Chair

Leading region: rotation of regions

Participating regions: Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Hokkaido

Brief information: The Youth Eco-Forum meets every year or a year and is a great place for teenagers and young people. At the forum, they not only can get to know each other and have a good time, but also share their experience about the environmental problems of the places where they come from. Focal topics - prevention of climate change, improving environmental literacy of citizens, urban ecology and the like; moreover, topics are updated for each new forum.

Current activity:

The Youth Eco Forum (YEF) was created to support comprehensive and balanced environmental education in order to realize the creative and leadership potential of Northern Youth. YEF is fostering a generation of youth that is proactive in addressing environmental issues, it is enhancing international relations through shared experiences in unique northern settings, and provides the tools for youth to make a difference in their home region.

Since 2001, the YEF has been organized on a regular basis by the international organization of the northern regions "The Northern Forum" (Executive Director Mikhail Pogodaev), on places provided by the member regions of the Northern Forum. This year the YEF was organized in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, with the full support of the Government of Lapland, represented by the Governor Mika Riipi, and the University of Lapland. Youth Ecological Forums have been held almost every year for more than 10 years. The first Forum was held in 2001 in Edmonton (Canada), and brought together 20 students from 7 countries and regions. Over the years, the Forum was hosted by such cities as Sapporo (Japan), Akureyri (Iceland), Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia), Anchorage (USA), Whitehorse (Canada), Yakutsk (Russia).

August 8-14, 2012, Canada’s Yukon Territory hosted the 2012 Northern Forum’s Youth Eco-Forum on the theme of “Climate Change and Creating Balance”.

August 1-10, 2014, Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, hosted the 2014 Northern Forum’s Youth Eco-Forum on the theme of “Clean city – clean planet”.

April 13-16, 2017, Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, hosted the 2017 Northern Forum’s Youth Eco-Forum on the theme of “The Arctic – is Our Home”.

October 6-10, 2018, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, hosted the 2018 Northern Forum’s Youth Eco-Forum on the theme of “Voice of Northern Regions Youth for biodiversity conservation”.

During the Youth Eco Forum – 2018 participants presented reports on Northern biodiversity, prepared poster presentations, visited the Arktikum Science Center, listened to lectures by leading international experts in the field of biodiversity conservation, and adopted the Lapland Declaration – 2018. The Governor of Lapland Mika Riipi congratulated the participants of the Youth Eco-Forum - 2018 at the plenary session on October 8, 2018. On October 9-10 YEF participants, as observers, were involved in the events of the International Youth Eco-Summit and the International Congress on the Conservation of Arctic Biodiversity.


I Degree Diploma awarded to Ekaterina Arkhipova, student of the Labytnangi gymnasium of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug for the project “Children's Arctic School” and the project “Technology of construction of eco-houses in the northern regions”;

II Degree Diploma awarded to Anna-Sakhaaia Stepanova and Anatolii Osipov, students of the Berdigestyakh secondary school named after A.Osipov, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), for the project “The influence of the changing climate on the population of polar bears in the north-east of Yakutia”;

III Degree Diploma awarded to Oleg Vastaev, student of the Lyceum №2, Nizhnevartovsk, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, for the project “There is a place for plastic”.

“Regional biodiversity conservation” Diploma awarded to Hokkaido prefecture delegation.

“Arctic biodiversity conservation” Diploma awarded to Sakha Republic (Yakutia) delegation.

“Environmental education” Diploma awarded to Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug delegation.

“Pollution solving” Diploma awarded to Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Yugra delegation.

20 May 2024
The first business and scientific forum was held in Harbin


On May 19, the first business and scientific forum "Northern Forum - China: cooperation in innovative technologies for the protection and development of the arctic" was held in Harbin, at the [ ... ]

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25 Apr 2024
International experts highly appreciated Ugra's experience in preserving the traditional culture of indigenous peoples


On April 23 in Khanty-Mansiysk during the V All-Russian Forum of National Unity under the auspices of the Northern Forum an international teleconference “Traditional Knowledge: Acquisition, [ ... ]

25 Apr 2024
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues continues its work


The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is holding its 23rd session in New York from April 15 to 26. The Forum is attended by representatives of UN agencies and bodies, [ ... ]

24 Apr 2024
Tomsk hosted the Northern Forum round table


The Northern Forum is a platform for international, interregional cooperation, exchange of experience, knowledge in all spheres of socio-economic development of the regions and creates various [ ... ]

Northern Forum
23 Apr 2024
The Northern Forum – China: Cooperation in Innovative Technologies for the Protection and Development of the Arctic


Throughout its history, the Northern Forum has held various events (project meetings, workshops, meetings of the Regional Coordinators Committee, General Assemblies) in different countries, including [ ... ]

27 Mar 2024
XII International Festival of Cinematic Debuts “Spirit of Fire” ended


XII International Festival of Cinematic Debuts “Spirit of Fire” ended. Once again, under the leadership of festival president Emir Kusturica, thanks to general partner Gazprom Neft, general [ ... ]


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Northern Youth Forum

The Northern Youth Forum (NYF) is a youth wing of the Northern Forum, consisting of representatives of young people from the age of 16 to 40 years.

Mission of the NYF is to strengthen the spirit of trust and cooperation between young representatives of Northern regions and countries at the stage of personal and professional views’ formation.

Goal of the NYF is to promote the interests and views of young people in solving the problems facing the Northern Forum by using the potential of international youth cooperation.