Next Arctic Forum may focus on indigenous peoples of North – Sergei Haruchi

September 30, 2013 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH

Artur Chilingarov in Salekhard 3rd Arctic ForumRussian Geographical Society (RGS) First Vice President Artur Chilingarov spoke in favor of discussing the problems facing indigenous minorities in the North at the Arctic Forum.

Renowned polar explorer and Russian Geographical Society (RGS) First Vice President Artur Chilingarov opened the Third International Arctic – Territory of Dialogue Forum in Salekhard on Tuesday.

“Over the years, the forum has become a major event for Arctic policy,” he said. “The primary goal is to organize a broad-based and unbiased dialogue concerning all issues related to the Arctic.”
Environmental safety is the focus of the forum.

“Salekhard was not chosen accidentally,” he said. “It is located at the heart of oil and gas fields and environmental safety is important. It is a model for responsible environmental policy in the Arctic.”

In addition to environmental safety, other forum topics include regional health issues and the legal aspects of environmental protection, as well as likely climate change and cooperation scenarios in terms of providing relief to manmade environmental problems in the region.
Speaking at the opening of the Arctic – Territory of Dialogue Forum on Tuesday, Council of Elders of the Indigenous Peoples of the North head Sergei Haruchi suggested that the next forum should focus on indigenous peoples, according to a post on RIA NOVOSTI.

“Perhaps we should focus on indigenous peoples at the next forum,” he told journalists. “The Yakuts want to, and the Nenets want to as well. We can hold the event in Naryan-Mar or Khanty-Mansiysk. We need to maintain a dialogue with these peoples, as well to be able to protect their interests.”

The third forumtook place  in Salekhard on Sept.  24-25. President Vladimir Putin, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Iceland President Olafur Grimsson and RGS head and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu wree in attendence, as were the ICR Director Anders Oskal, Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev and Svein Mathiesen (more on the EALLIN Dialogue held at the Forum coming)


See a photo gallery of the Plenary Session on Barents Observer here.

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