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Introducing the
Russian Chairmanship

Responsible governance for a sustainable Arctic

First meeting during the Russian Chairmanship

On 29-30 June, the Arctic Council convened virtually and in Moscow for the first executive meeting during the Russian Chairmanship (2021-2023). During the meeting, delegates discussed plans for the action items outlined in the Reykjavik Declaration and initial work to implement priorities of the newly adopted 2021-2030 Strategic Plan. Learn more.
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Impressions from the first executive meeting of the Senior Arctic Officials during the Russian Chairmanship (2021-2023). Photos by the Russian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
Onsite meeting room at the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
SAO Chair Ambassador Korchunov and Nuritdin Inamov, Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Onsite meeting participants
Online meeting participants
Lavrov Sergey Viktorovich
"We hope that Russia's Chairmanship in the Arctic Council will serve to further strengthen regional cooperation. Meeting the challenges we face in high latitudes today requires approaches that are truly collective.The Arctic is our home, and it is our direct responsibility to preserve it for present and future generations."

His Excellency Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Chair of the Arctic Council
Ambassador Nikolay Korchunov

The SAO Chair on Russia's Chairmanship

"In a quarter of a century of its existence, the Arctic Council, whose anniversary we are celebrating this year, has turned into an influential forum for intergovernmental dialogue between the Arctic States on sustainable development of the region. The Arctic States, which carry special responsibility for the future of the region and its inhabitants, including Indigenous Peoples, have been consistently working to preserve the region as the territory of peace, stability and constructive cooperation." Read Ambassador Nikolay Korchunov's full contribution to Pathways magazine.

Chairmanship priorities

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The Russian Chairmanship priorities

A cross-cutting priority of the Russian Chairmanship in the Arctic Council is "Responsible Governance for a Sustainable Arctic" through promoting collective approaches to the sustainable development of the Arctic - in an environmentally, socially and economically balanced way. Read Russia's Chairmanship program here and see the four main themes below.

People of the Arctic

The Russian Chairmanship’s main focus is enhancing sustainability, resilience and viability of Arctic communities, including well-being, health, education, quality of life, as well as sustainable socio-economic development in the region. Special attention: the preservation of linguistic and cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples and youth cooperation. Read the full text.

Environment protection

The Russian Chairmanship will continue supporting efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, increase adaptation and resilience, preserve and restore the environment, sustainably use natural resources, and preserve biodiversity. The program also includes the transition to a low-emission economy and introducing sustainable innovative technologies. Read the full text.

Socio-economic development

The Russian Chairmanship will be further promoting constructive economic cooperation in the region. This includes developing reliable energy infrastructure, sustainable transport routes, including shipping, telecommunication systems, food production, as well as improving the conditions for sustainable investment flows, encouraging innovations and entrepreneurship, business financing. Read the full text.

Strengthening the Arctic Council

The Russian Chairmanship will continue supporting the establishment of the Arctic Council as the leading format for international Arctic cooperation. Efforts include the meaningful engagement of Observers and collaboration with the Arctic Economic Council, the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, the University of the Arctic. Among the priorities of the Russian Chairmanship is also international scientific cooperation. Read the full text.

The Chairmanship program

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Events during Russia's Chairmanship

During the two-year Russian Chairmanship, more than 100 events around the Russian Federation will focus on Arctic issues - covering a wide range of topics from Indigenous languages to human health, from climate change to economic cooperation. Explore the event program here.

The Arctic Council's social corner

Introducing the new @saochair

The Twitter account @saochair moves with Arctic Council Chairmanships. Tweeting now is Ambassador Nikolay Korchunov, the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials during the Russian Chairmanship. Follow @saochair for the latest updates from the Chairmanship team!
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