The Governor of the Murmansk region Andrey Chibis was among the key speakers of the international session «Cooperation in the Arctic» held in Murmansk on November 14, 2019. The session was organized by the Government of the Murmansk region with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and has established itself as an important arena for discussing common issues and challenges of the Northern countries and regions.
This year in discussions on the Arctic agenda partook among the others State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway Jens Frolich Holte, Charge d'affaires a.i. of Canada in the Russian Federation Stephane Jobin, Consuls General of the Republic of Finland and Kingdom of Sweden in St Petersburg Anne Lammila and Eva Sundquist respectively, Deputy Director of Second European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Petrovich. In addition to diplomats, the session was attended by Deputy Chair of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Committee on Economic Policy Konstantin Dolgov, Governor of Lapland Mika Riipi, Head of Renewables Generation of the PJSC Enel Russia Felice Montanari, a number of senior officials of the Barents cooperation structures, experts, public figures, business representatives and journalists. The session was moderated by Thomas Halberg, Head of the International Barents Secretariat.
Environmental security of the Arctic, population outflow from the Northern territories, cross-border cooperation, youth policy, international cooperation in the development of tourism and education, interests of indigenous peoples were the main topics of discussion.
Special emphasis was placed on ecology: environmental initiatives were discussed during a separate section of discussion – “Green future of the Arctic”. The Governor of the Murmansk region Andrey Chibis shared with the participants of the session experience of the regional Government to reduce the level of negative impact on the environment in the Arctic. This includes the creation of a modern waste disposal system, the introduction of separate garbage collection, the gradual withdrawal from fuel oil heat generation, plans to create a complex of green energy in the region, the elimination of accumulated environmental damage, the creation of charging stations for electric vehicles in the Murmansk region.
Andrey Chibis noted the high level of mutual understanding between the participants and highlighted that the challenges faced by the Northern countries are very similar, including e.g. depopulation. Thus the solution of this and many other issues lies in efficient international dialogue.
14 November 2019