2nd NORTHERN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FORUM

TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE ARCTIC AND THE NORTH

Updated on 17.07.2020

INFORMATION LETTER

ABOUT THE FORUM

Northern Sustainable Development Forum (the Forum) is a permanent international expert platform for discussing the issues and prospects of sustainable development of the Arctic and the North.

The main idea of the Forum is to join the creative forces of the Arctic and Asia in solving the problems of sustainable development of the Northern and Arctic regions.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that included 17 Sustainable Development Goals and which implementation should involve not only governments but also transnational companies, charity foundations, community, NGOs and academia worldwide.

Currently, the concept of sustainable development has become central to the Arctic region as well. On the one hand, the exploration of the Arctic region can become promising. On the other hand, the Arctic has a fragile ecosystem, which should be taken care of now not only by the Arctic countries, but also by the non-Arctic ones, interested in the region’s development.

Sustainable development of the Arctic is a global challenge requiring comprehensive international cooperation.

DATES: September 27-30, 2020

LOCATION: Yakutsk, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russian Federation

ORGANIZERS OF THE FORUM:

  • International Organization of Northern Regions The Northern Forum;
  • Government of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia);
  • Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University;

MAIN THEME OF THE FORUM:

TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE ARCTIC AND THE NORTH

At present, the topic of industrial development of the Arctic shelf and the Arctic shipping is in the spotlight of attention of different countries, and the scope of scientific research is widening; the problem of global climate warming can reverse the situation.

In the Arctic region, the promising routes through the Northern Sea Route and the Northwest Passage are of great interest. Also, efficient transport infrastructure is required for the development of the Arctic: sea and river ports, airports, motorways and railroads, main pipelines.

Aviation plays a special role in the development of the Arctic, including the small aviation, as well as the off-road transport.

The Forum will discuss three aspects of the transport infrastructure development:

  1. Regional transport networks – life-supporting infrastructure for northern regions. Development of regional systems as a precondition for the formation of the national transport systems.
  2. National transport communications – connectedness of the Arctic and Northern territories with the regions of Russia, securing national interests in the Arctic and Northern areas. Development of national transport networks as a precondition for the formation of the international ones. (Northern Sea Route, motorways and railroads).
  3. World logistics and development of transport systems – problems of international transit, the formation of transcontinental highways and intermodal transport and logistics knots (Northern Sea Route, "One Belt - One Road", Transcontinental Main Line, Cross Polar airlines).

FORMAT

  • plenary session,
  • themed sessions, round tables,
  • activities of the Northern Forum working groups,
  • activities of international and other organizations,
  • project presentations,
  • lectures, foresight sessions, master classes.

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WEBSITE

The official webpage of the Northern Sustainable Development Forum - nsdf.ru - is available with the up-to-date information.

AGENDA OF THE FORUM

The agenda can be amended and updated upon the participants’ proposals.

ORGANIZING EVENTS WITHIN THE FRAMEWORKS OF THE FORUM

To organize the event within the frameworks of the Forum, make sure to submit the following information to the Forum’s Directorate: (secretariat@nsdf.ru)

  • Goals and objectives of the event
  • Agenda
  • Number and list of participants
  • Handouts
  • Venue requirements
  • Funding sources

Moderators are responsible for organizing the event and coordinate all their activities with the Forum’s Program Directorate. Shall the event be cancelled, the Program Directorate must be notified on September 1, 2020 at the latest.

PARTICIPATION

РЕГИСТРАЦИЯ

To attend the Forum, register at www.nsdf.ru or get in touch with the Registration and Accreditation Service: accreditation@nsdf.ru

The participation in the Forum is free.

The registration deadline is September 10, 2020

PRESENTATIONS

Applications for presentations at the plenary and its sessions are selected by the Forum’s Program Directorate.

The presentations for the events frameworked by the Forum are selected by their moderators.

The speakers/presenters have to submit the information on the topic of their presentation, name of the session and required technical support to the email of the Forum’s Program Directorate secretariat@nsdf.ru.

Deadline for submission of texts and presentations: September 20, 2020

MASS MEDIA ACCREDITATION

To work at the Forum, all mass media must obtain accreditation.

Foreign mass media must have accreditation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The Rules of Accreditation and Stay of Correspondents of Foreign Mass Media on the Territory of the Russian Federation are available at the Russian MFA’s website.

PARCTICIPANTS’ SUPPORT AND SERVICES

WORKING LANGUAGES, TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING

The Forum’s working languages are English and Russian. Depending on the number of the simultaneous events and availability of the equipment, simultaneous and consecutive translation is provided.

On the Forum’s website you can order your paper’s or presentation’s translation from Russian into English and from English into Russian.

ATTENTION The service is chargeable! The charge can be asked for at the Forum’s Translation and Interpreting Service: translation@nsdf.ru

Translation submission deadline: September 10, 2020

KEY CONTACTS

Official website: www.nsdf.ru
Program Directorate: secretariat@nsdf.ru
Technical Directorate: org@nsdf.ru
Registration and Accreditation Service: accreditation@nsdf.ru
Translation and Interpreting Service: translation@nsdf.ru