The 13th ‘Arctic: Today and the Future’ International Forum in Russia


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St. Petersburg will host the 13th ‘Arctic: Today and the Future’ International Forum on 7-8 December 2023. 

The two-day business programme includes 2 plenary sessions and more than 50 discussion platforms.

Plenary sessions will be devoted to the following topics: the development of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation (AZRF) in the interests of all citizens, the importance of the Arctic for Russia, as well as measures and priorities for the development of the macro-region.

Traditionally, the Forum will bring together more than 2,000 participants from different countries. Besides, the Forum will see more than 400 expert speakers.

During the two-day business programme, government officials, heads of major Russian companies and banks, leading experts from the scientific community, mass media and civil society will discuss comprehensive and strategic solutions for the socio-economic development of the Arctic Zone and work out tactical steps for their implementation, present domestic projects in the Arctic, and assess the investment potential and opportunities of the northern regions.

Among the new topics of the Forum are:

  • creating conditions for launching year-round navigation along the Northern Sea Route;
  • view of non-regional states on the development of the Arctic;
  • development of a closed-cycle economy in the Far North;
  • pillars of the Far North: rethinking the role of municipalities and their development;
  • upbringing and education of the younger generation in Arctic conditions;
  • new approaches to solving the labour shortage.

Traditionally, the Forum is complemented by an extensive exhibition programme of new Arctic projects. The exhibitors will demonstrate innovative solutions for the socio-economic and technological development of the modern Arctic. On top of that, the exhibition will present items of original culture of the peoples of the Russian Polar region.

The Forum is organised by the Association of Polar Explorers.