The 20th anniversary of the Arctic Council

The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) with the help of the Apparat of the Russian Government and the Russian Foreign Ministry will hold the conference ‘International cooperation in the Arctic: new challenges and vectors of progress’ on Oct. 12-13 in Moscow.

In 2016, the Arctic Council will turn twenty years old, and since the foundation its member states have succeeded in undertaking significant collaborative work in protecting the delicate ecosystem of the Far North and strengthening the legal framework for cooperation in the region.

The 21st Century poses new questions for arctic governments and other countries with an in interest in the area. What mechanisms will be in place to ensure peace, cooperation and steady development in the Arctic? What legal frameworks will be in place to regulate countries’ and companies’ activity in the area? Do Arctic oil and gas deposits and transport links have prospects of commercial development?

Some of the conference sessions will be broadcast on the RIAC website

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