The Arctic Forum Foundation functions as an independent, non-profit platform & bridge builder for Arctic-focused actors in politics, science, civil society and business. Through its three pillars - the Arctic Economic Forum, the EU Arctic Forum, and the Science Policy Forum, the foundation utilizes its extensive network to ensure impacts in decision-making and efficient cooperation.

Arctic Economic Forum

The Arctic Economic Forum facilitates interaction between the business community and the political arena. 

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EU Arctic Forum

The EU Arctic Forum aims at ensuring efficient impacts in debates within EU policy decision-making processes.

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Science Policy Forum

The Science Policy Forum connects the research and development sphere with policy makers.

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The Arctic Forum Foundation at Global Economic Symposium, Rio – Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean: finding a solution

Photo: Global Economic Symposium

The Global Economic Symposium held in Rio on October 16 and 17, 2012,  gathered policy-makers, academics, business leaders and civil society to seek solutions to the world’s problems that have become global. A panel on the Arctic addressed the issue of exploring energy resources. Among experts invited, the Arctic Forum Foundation emphasized the need for a holistic approach in dealing with the global issue of energy resources. “Evaluate Arctic drilling” was one of the most popular solution proposals of the Global Economic Symposium. Read more

Riga Security Conference, Sept 14-15 2012: Highlighting Arctic Resources and Regional Security in the Company of Artur Chilingarov

 Arctic Forum Foundation Secretary General Steffen Weber joined The Riga Conference 2012 as part of a panel discussion on Arctic resources and security in the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions moderated by Mr. Andreas Klein, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Representative to the Baltic States. Joined by Prof. Nikita Lomagin, Deputy Head of World Economy Department, Faculty of Economics St.Petersburg State University, Ambassador Gustaf Lind, Swedish Ambassador for the Arctic and Ms. Alyson Bailes, Visiting Professor, University of Iceland in Reykjavik, the panel discussed the increasing geopolitical risks associated with dramatic climate change and the relative effect it may have on arctic regional security.  There to present the Russian viewpoint was none other than Artur Chilingarov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic. Read more

Future challenges and opportunities in the Arctic discussed during the high-level conference – Arctic Future Symposium 2012

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco speaking at the Arctic Futures Symposium 2012. Picture: International Polar Foundation/Arnaud Ghys

No race for resources, a need to adapt to climate change and a call for more cooperation in the Arctic were some of the conclusions of the Arctic Futures Symposium 2012. The conference took place in Brussels on the 4th & 5th October and was the third annual conference organised by the International Polar Foundation in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The conference gathered leading researches and experts, policymakers, Ambassadors and government representatives from the EU and Arctic nations, Arctic indigenous peoples and industry representatives. Read more

The delimitation process in the Central Arctic Seabed: Sovereign rights or a condominium or res communis omnium?

This paper focuses briefly on the positions and practices of the Arctic coastal States within the ongoing process of delineation of the outer limits of their continental shelves in the Arctic seabed. Namely, it particularly takes into account the seabed under the North Pole (the Lomonosov ridge) rich with energy resources which stretch across the Arctic Ocean and separate the Amerasian Basin from the Eurasian Basin. Read more

Industrial opportunities in the North: The November Conference 2012

The November conference took place in Harstad on November 7-8, 2012. The conference focused on industrial opportunities in the north with a special emphasis on oil, gas, ore and minerals. The conferences was organised in collaboration between Narvik Univeristy College, Northern Research Institute, Narvik research community, Maritime Forum North, Norwegian Oil and Gas and Norwegian Petroleum Society and gathered stakeholders from the oil and gas sector, service companies, suppliers and research institutions. Steffen Weber, the Secretary General of the Arctic Forum Foundation was invited to the conference to give a presentation on the EU’s perspective in the north. Read more


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