Akureyri, Iceland

Svein

“The problem is that an opportunity should be an opportunity for everyone. We heard about reindeer herders, and they should have their own opportunities. The Arctic has 24 various ethnicities that are interested in promoting their produce”.

 

Svein D. Mathiesen,

Head of Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry, University of the Arctic

The Northern Forum was established on 8 November 1991 in Alaska USA and the North Forum Non-Profit Organization Certificate was issued on 29 November 1991.

The mission of the NF is to improve the quality of life in the North and support regional sustainable development. The goals are to provide tools and opportunities for regional leaders in solving common problems, implementing joint socio-economic initiatives at the regional level, organizing events, ensuring active engagement in international forums and the implementation of projects of local and Global importance and supporting and enhancing active youth engagement.

The organization's development goal is to turn the Northern Forum into an effective, non-alternative structure for interregional and international cooperation of the regions of the North and the Arctic, which shapes world politics in this area and is an equal partner of international organizations with its own unique niche.

The Northern Forum has a status of Observer in the Arctic Council and it is the only nongovernmental organization for interregional cooperation in that role.

 

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Northern Forum is to improve the quality of life and support the regional sustainable development.

Goals:
  • providing tools and opportunities for regional leaders in solving common problems;
  • implementing joint socio-economic initiatives at the regional level;
  • organizing international forums and implementing projects;

 

Vision

Turning the Northern Forum into an effective, non-alternative structure for interregional international cooperation of the regions of the North and the Arctic, which shapes world politics in this area and is an equal partner of the Arctic Council, the Barents Region, the University of the Arctic, with its own unique niche.

  1. To become a global competence center for interregional international cooperation of the territories of the Arctic and the North.
  2. To become an effective training and educational organization for its members and partners.
  3. To become a platform for innovative projects.
  4. To become an efficient bridge between the entrepreneurs and development finance institutions.
  5. To become a smart organization through a partner and expert network.

 

Principles

  • The principle of public (“grassroots”) diplomacy
  • The principle of independence and equality
  • The principle of respect for international law
  • The principle of non-discrimination
  • The principle of reliance on neighborhood effects and diversity effects

 

Northern Forum Structure

 

Secretariat Official Documents

23 May 2022
UN chief announces renewable energy initiative at WMO climate report launch

A new, ambitious five-point plan to jump-start the transition to renewable energy – the “low-hanging fruit” of climate action – was announced by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at [ ... ]

Partners
23 May 2022
Four key climate change indicators break records in 2021

Geneva, 18 May 2022 (WMO) - Four key climate change indicators – greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification – set new records in 2021.

Partners
23 May 2022
Arctic Circle Webcast Sessions: Conservation of Arctic Marine Life

A discussion on arctic marine conservation cooperation will be held on May 24th, 3 PM GMT by the Arctic Circle and Co-hosted by the WWF Arctic Programme.

Partners
20 May 2022
The Arctic market provides new opportunities for Russian canned food producers

 

Source: Press service of the Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

 

In the conditions of the economic crisis and sanctions, the Arctic [ ... ]

Northern Forum
20 May 2022
Yakutia will host the second International competition of creative projects for children and adolescents about the North and the Arctic

The branch of the National Library of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) DTK - Reading Center is holding the second International competition of publishing and visual creative projects for children and adolescents [ ... ]

Partners
19 May 2022
Call for Abstracts for SciDataCon Session: AI & Reproducibility, Repeatability, and Replicability

World Data System is looking for papers for their session, "AI & Reproducibility, Repeatability, and Replicability" at the upcoming SciDataCon, part of International Data Week in Seoul, Korea and [ ... ]

Partners

Upcoming Events

Disclaimer

The events list is provided as an non-parcial overview of upcoming events in and about the Arctic and the North, for the interest and benefit of all stakeholders.
The events listed and their administration are the responsibility of the individual events organisers.
All content on the events website, a link may be provided to through this events calendar, is the sole responsibility of the individual organiser.

  

Members of the Northern Forum

The Arctic Regional Voice

30 Years of Caring for the North

Board of Governors
Regional Coordinators Committee (RCC)
Business Partners
Goodwill Ambassadors
Mika Riipi

Message from the Chair of the Northern Forum

In 2021, the Northern Forum celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Lapland was elected to fulfill the responsibilities of the Chairmanship from April 2021 until April 2023 in the Northern Forum XIV General Assembly held in Naryan-Mar, Nenets Autonomous Okrug in April 2021. It is a great honor for me to follow in the footsteps of Hannele Pokka, latest Lappish chairman of the Northern Forum 2001-2005.

Northern Youth Forum

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.