Regional Forum - The regional dimension of the circumpolar Arctic

Photo: Yngve Olsen

A seminar addressing the role of regional governments, businesses, education and research in the Arctic.

Moderators: Maria Östensson, Tromsø Municipality & Duncan Depledge Director, UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions Secretariat

Program - download(eng)| download(ru)

15.00 OPENING SESSION

  • Willy Ørnebakk, Chair of Troms County Government, Norway
  • Anne Karin Olli, State Secretary to the Minister of Local Government and Modernisation
  • Eirik Sivertsen, Chair of the Standing Committee of Parliamenarians of the Arctic Region, MP, Norway

15.15 SESSION I - STRENGTHENING ARCTIC REGIONAL COOPERATION

Panel debate

The way in which national and regional authorities interact with each other and collaborate with businesses, education and research institutions is vital for determining whether regional development initiatives in the Arctic are successful. How, then can regional actors contribute more to policy development at the national level? How can inter-regional cooperation across states strengthen international relations in the Arctic? How should we understand and develop the regional dimension of Arctic affairs?

  • Maria Stenberg, Chair of Norrbotten County Council, Sweden
  • Shaleen Woodward, Deputy Secretary Indigenous and Intergovernment Affairs, Canada
  • Alexei Tyukavin, First Deputy Governor of the Murmansk region, Russia
  • Ragnhild Vassvik, Deputy Chair, Finnmark County Council, Norway
  • Nils Andreassen, Institute of the North, USA
  • Lev Levit, Advisor on Arctic Development to the Governor of the Arkhangelsk region for Arctic Development

16:15 SESSION II - KNOWLEDGE DRIVEN, INNOVATIVE ARCTIC COMMUNITIES

Panel debate

Arctic communities are the experts when it comes to developing thriving societies in the north. However, producing sound, sustainable futures for communities in the north also depends on connecting Arctic communities to regional and national decision-makers. But what makes a local business or academic institution an attractive partner for regional and national government in the Arctic? How can regional and national goals be aligned? How can Arctic communities work with regional and national governments to prevent intellectual capital flight – especially among the youth – which is needed to lead business growth and develop more attractive societies in the Arctic.

  • Kristin Røymo, Mayor of Tromsø, Norway
  • Mike Sfraga, Director, Polar Initiative
  • Helka-Liisa Hentilä, Vice Rector, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Elena Kudryashova, Rector, Northern Arctic Federal University, Russia

17:10 CONCLUDING REMARKS

  • Professor Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway University of London

Organised by Arctic Frontiers in cooperation with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Local government, Troms County Government & Tromsø municipality

For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com

Arena Arena

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

15:00 - 17:15

Rådhuset, Tromsø

Add to Calendar 2018-01-23 15:00 2018-01-23 17:15 Europe/Oslo Regional Forum - The regional dimension of the circumpolar Arctic Photo: Yngve Olsen A seminar addressing the role of regional governments, businesses, education and research in the Arctic. Moderators: Maria Östensson, Tromsø Municipality & Duncan Depledge Director, UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions Secretariat Program - download(eng)| download(ru) 15.00 OPENING SESSION Willy Ørnebakk, Chair of Troms County Government, Norway Anne Karin Olli, State Secretary to the Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Eirik Sivertsen, Chair of the Standing Committee of Parliamenarians of the Arctic Region, MP, Norway 15.15 SESSION I - STRENGTHENING ARCTIC REGIONAL COOPERATION Panel debate The way in which national and regional authorities interact with each other and collaborate with businesses, education and research institutions is vital for determining whether regional development initiatives in the Arctic are successful. How, then can regional actors contribute more to policy development at the national level? How can inter-regional cooperation across states strengthen international relations in the Arctic? How should we understand and develop the regional dimension of Arctic affairs? Maria Stenberg, Chair of Norrbotten County Council, Sweden Shaleen Woodward, Deputy Secretary Indigenous and Intergovernment Affairs, Canada Alexei Tyukavin, First Deputy Governor of the Murmansk region, Russia Ragnhild Vassvik, Deputy Chair, Finnmark County Council, Norway Nils Andreassen, Institute of the North, USA Lev Levit, Advisor on Arctic Development to the Governor of the Arkhangelsk region for Arctic Development 16:15 SESSION II - KNOWLEDGE DRIVEN, INNOVATIVE ARCTIC COMMUNITIES Panel debate Arctic communities are the experts when it comes to developing thriving societies in the north. However, producing sound, sustainable futures for communities in the north also depends on connecting Arctic communities to regional and national decision-makers. But what makes a local business or academic institution an attractive partner for regional and national government in the Arctic? How can regional and national goals be aligned? How can Arctic communities work with regional and national governments to prevent intellectual capital flight – especially among the youth – which is needed to lead business growth and develop more attractive societies in the Arctic. Kristin Røymo, Mayor of Tromsø, Norway Mike Sfraga, Director, Polar Initiative Helka-Liisa Hentilä, Vice Rector, University of Oulu, Finland Elena Kudryashova, Rector, Northern Arctic Federal University, Russia 17:10 CONCLUDING REMARKS Professor Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway University of London Organised by Arctic Frontiers in cooperation with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Local government, Troms County Government & Tromsø municipality For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com Rådhuset, Tromsø

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