Prospects for the Development of the Northern Sea Route
In accordance with the Federal law dated 27 December 2018 No. 525-FZ «On implementing changes to individual legal acts of the Russian Federation,» the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has begun to function as the sole infrastructure operator of the Northern Sea Route. The Rosatom State Corporation is responsible for implementing state policy and managing state property related to the development and sustainable function of the Northern Sea Route and for creating facilities to meet the electricity demands of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. Experts will discuss proposals to increase the efficiency of ship route planning, improve ice monitoring and marine area navigation and hydrography along the Northern Sea Route, develop seaport infrastructure, form a cargo base, and create an icebreaker fleet.
A special Rosatom State Corporation field event will be held on the 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker under the real conditions of winter-spring navigation in the Gulf of Ob and the Kara Sea.
Communication is the key, underlying concept of the Forums youth day. The programme encompasses a unique and managed event format offering a host of networking and education opportunities. Renowned scientists will be among those participating in the networking session.
Young people frequently encounter a range of problems. These may stem from difficulties finding and attracting investment, settling on the wrong aim or strategy, failing to create a clear plan and losing focus, poor resource management, not knowing their customers needs, not properly leveraging technology, the lack of a global vision, limited access to capital, and not having the requisite contacts. These, together with numerous other issues and errors, prevent a business from developing and providing the desired results. Books, articles, courses, and training programmes together provide a knowledge framework. However, they do not allow an individual to view themselves from a new perspective and determine the exact steps to take in a specific situation. The only way to effectively diagnose the issues encountered by a young person is to turn to a more experienced mentor and take a closer look at the environment they work in.
The Involvement of Young People in Environmental Initiatives to Support Sustainable Development in the Arctic
Russias Far North is incredibly vulnerable. This is due both to climate change, and the increasing development of the Russian Arctic as a whole. The rapid construction of transport routes, and in particular the Northern Sea Route, brings with it increasing risks. As a result, issues concerning environmentally sustainable development are more pressing than ever. These include instilling a culture of environmental responsibility among the local population and workers based in the Far North.
Arctic Development is One of Russia's Key Scientific and Technological Development Priorities
The Arctic has always been one of Russias state interests. This region is important both from an economic and a geopolitical perspective. This area is home to a third of the worlds hydrocarbon reserves and the Northern Sea Route is a convenient transport artery for conveying domestic, strategic, and military cargo. Our countrys priority objectives in the Arctic include increasing the use of the regions agricultural potential, protecting the Arctics unique ecological systems, developing the Arctic energy sector, monitoring climate change, and protecting the northern border.
Prospects and Issues Related to the Development of Oil and Gas Deposits in the Arctic
As oil and gas resources in traditional production regions start to dwindle, the Arctic will increasingly be viewed as one of the main places to replenish hydrocarbon reserves for the globe. Correspondingly, Arctic nations will display ever-increasing interest in developing the region. Russia possesses enormous potential to replenish its hydrocarbon reserves and resources through developing offshore fields in the Arctic. However, in order to unlock this potential, the government needs to put in place a judicious and carefully considered policy, as well as a programme to encourage extraction companies to invest.
Bringing Together Young People in the Arctic: Opportunities for Personal Development and Career Growth
The Arctic cannot be developed without projects which involve young people. As the most active segment of society, they hold the key to responding to the challenges of the modern era. In order to provide the Arctic with a young, professional workforce, it is crucial to determine the life strategies of young people in the region and create an environment which will aid their professional and personal development.
Northern Forum Regional Coordinators Committee Meeting
The Regional Coordinators Committee (RCC) is a collegial executive body and consists of regional representatives appointed by members of the Board of Governors of the Northern Forum from their regions. The Committee is chaired by the regional coordinator from the presiding region. Currently, the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Russian Federation, is chairing the Northern Forum. In the coming years, the Northern Forum will strengthen its project and cooperation activities, taking into account the future chairmanship of the Russian Federation in the Arctic Council. The agenda of the Regional Coordinators Committee meeting includes consideration of the main outcomes of the work of the Northern Forum in 2018, and discussion of the Northern Forums draft Strategy. An important part of the meeting will also be the preparation of proposals by the Northern Forum for the period of Russias chairmanship, such as the possibility of creating a committee for the hosting and preparation of Arctic Council events in the Russian Federation during its chairmanship (Arctic Hosting Committee), as well as a proposal to hold important Arctic Council events in the northern and Arctic regions of the Russian Federation. Other items that will be considered during the meeting include preparation of the 14th General Assembly in 2020, and work on the other activities of the Northern Forum.
The Development of Infrastructure in the Far North
The governments transport infrastructure development policy for the Arctic aims in part to provide full road and rail support for ports and the Northern Sea Route. A road and railway network is currently being constructed in the polar regions. The most important projects under way include Belkomur, the BovanenkovoSabetta Railway, the Northern Latitudinal Railway, and the construction of facilities for the TommotYakutsk Railway. In order to ensure economic and food security for remote regions, it is also crucial to provide inland shipping in the Arctic.
The conditions for creating a young enterprise ecosystem in the Arctic are currently insufficient. They fail to fully respond to challenges related to improving the investment climate, developing tech entrepreneurship, introducing and using new technologies (including energy-saving technologies), and providing career growth in the field. A number of steps can be taken to help develop the small and medium business sector in the Arctic: the regulatory framework can be improved, red tape removed, and funding increased. It is essential to create an integrated support system for projects spearheaded by young people in order to secure development in the region.
The Development of a Social Model for People’s Presence in the Region
Given the development of the Northern Sea Route and the needs of international business partners, a highly-qualified workforce is essential, as is the development of a modern educational infrastructure in the Arctic. The development of the Arctic calls for a new social model for the region, one which would provide the opportunity to move away from fly-in fly-out work models, and which does not lead to the kind of negative social impact caused by the development of the North during the Soviet period, which Russia has still not been able to fully overcome. Today, it seems prudent to move to a staffing policy which provides for a sensible and motivationally transparent combination of longer-term residencies and postings.