Lake in Khanty Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia


“It is only when traditional and modern organizations find a way to coexist, we will be able to declare sustainable development, which is the purpose of such a non-governmental organization as the Northern Forum”.


Sergey Kharuchi,

Council President, Association of World Reindeer Herders

Aurora Borealis The Northern Forum seeks to strengthen connections among all Northerners, particularly decision-makers. Membership is available to regional and sub-regional governments, municipalities (where there is no regional entity) businesses, non-profit and non-governmental organizations.

Member regions are represented by their Governor, Premier, President or highest executive, or his/her duly mandated delegate, and have the right to attend all Northern Forum meetings and vote during such meetings.

Inter-regional activities are strongly supported by the Northern Forum as a tool to increase cooperation and understanding between regions. The friendships, links and connections created during the visits of delegations from one region to another are extremely important to build healthy international relations.

While the Northern Forum's activities are broadly based, the organization clearly recognizes that economic development is a key issue throughout the North. Thus, in addition to broadening its membership base among regional governments, the Northern Forum is actively seeking new members from the commercial sector, since sustainable Northern economic structures cannot be developed without the support of the business community. Consequently the Forum offers a range of business memberships, including those for associations such as Chambers of Commerce.

Business Partners are entitled attend all open Northern Forum meetings, where they can meet with regional government officials and other Northern Forum members to discuss business, trade and other challenges and opportunities. The Northern Forum's databases, publications, and other resources are also made available to members. Regional member officials will expedite the development of contacts with Northern Forum Business Partners on projects proposed within their regions. Business Partners can also use the office of the Northern Forum Secretariat when in Anchorage to conduct their business.

The First Northern Business Conference was held in 1999 in Rovaniemi, Finland in conjunction with the 4th Northern Forum General Assembly, and now the Northern Forum regularly hosts Trade and Business Summits during its meetings, so that all the regions are exposed to each other's business and trade potential. This initiative is giving significant results, with large contracts being signed between Northern Forum Business Partners and an increasing number of regions.


According to the Board of Governors decision upon the Northern Forum Resolution 163, the membership dues are as follows:


Approve the following gradation of the membership dues for the regions:

  • For the regions with population less than 100,000 people: USD 5000 (Five thousand US Dollars)
  • For the regions with population from 100,000 to 200,000 people: USD 9,000 (Nine thousand US Dollars)
  • For the regions with population from 200,000 to 300,000 people: USD 13,000 (Thirteen thousand US Dollars)
  • For the regions with population from 300,000 to 400,000 people: USD 17,000 (Seventeen thousand US Dollars)
  • For the regions with population from 400,000 to 500,000 people: USD 21,000 (Twenty one thousand US Dollars)
  • For the regions with population more than 500,000 people: USD 25,000 (Twenty five thousand US Dollars)


Approve the following gradation of the yearly membership dues for business partners:

  • For the companies with less than 50 employees: USD 1,000 (One thousand US Dollars)
  • For the companies with 51 to 100 employees: USD 2,500 (Two thousand five hundred US Dollars)
  • For the companies with more than 100 employees: USD 5,000 (Five thousand US Dollars)
  • For the companies acting as a Sponsoring partner: USD 10,000 (Ten thousand US Dollars) or more
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 [ ... ]

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.

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.

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]


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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.