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RF, Canada scientists, politicians to discuss Arctic development

November 21, 2011, 1:59 UTC+3
Krasnoyarsk reports will also concern the monitoring of climate and ecological conditions in the north of Siberia, the life of native minorities of the North
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KRASNOYARSK, November 21 (Itar-Tass) — The International Conference on Siberian North and Arctic: Global Challenges of the 21st Century opens on Monday in Krasnoyarsk.

Heavyweight delegations of scientists from major Russian institutions, representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Regional Development, representatives of the office of the Russian president’s envoy to the Siberian Federal District as well as renowned experts from Canada will take part, sources from the press service of the Krasnoyarsk region’s government told Itar-Tass.

According to the president’s envoy to the region, Viktor Tolokonsky,” the importance of a huge economic potential of the Russian north and the Arctic Region seriously grows in present-day conditions with due regard for new geopolitical realities”.

“Integration ties of Russian northern regions, based on principles of stable and efficient socially-oriented development must be strengthened in the near future,” he stressed. The foreign experience in the development of the North and the Arctic Region and search for new directions of international cooperation are of major importance,” he stressed. This is what the international conference is aimed at, he said.

The conference is expected to study new models of subsurface management, cooperation of the authorities and business in the development of northern resources, the corporative social responsibility of business in the North, as well as “the northern dimension” of social policy.

“Participants will be able to get acquainted with works of Krasnoyarsk scientists, who seriously look into pressing problems of northern territories in terms of the strategy of social and economic development of the region,” the sources from the press service said.

“Krasnoyarsk reports will also concern the monitoring of climate and ecological conditions in the north of Siberia, the life of native minorities of the North,” the source added.

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