The forum will bring together Arctic experts, scientists, representatives of NGOs along with top-level political personalities.
The participants* will have opportunities to exchange ideas on the challenges facing this region: global warming, loss of biodiversity, preservation of the cultures of native peoples, definition of new maritime routes and exploitation of energy resources.
The closing plenary session of the conference will be chaired by HE Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and moderated by Sergei Shoigu, President of the Russian Geographical Society.
It will be highlighted by speeches by HE Vladimir Putin, HSH Prince Albert II, HE Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland, and HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.
At this event, the Prince will become honorary member of the Russian Geographical Society.
Alongside the meetings, He will meet in particular with Lars Kullerud, Director of the University of the Arctic, and Igor Chestin, CEO of WWF Russia.
It should be recalled that HSH Prince Albert II visited the Arctic in 2006. He has placed the study of the Poles and mobilisation for their protection at the heart of His Foundation's missions. Last June, during a trip to Oslo for the ‘International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference', the Sovereign encouraged the signing of a partnership agreement between the University of the Arctic, a coalition of universities, colleges and organisations dedicated to higher educations and research in Nordic countries, and His Foundation.
* 287 participants including 58 from the Arctic region