The business program of the fourth international forum The Arctic — Territory of Dialogue, to be held in Arkhangelsk on March 29-30, 2017, has been released, according to the Roscongress Foundation.

The program of the forum, whose theme is ‘Man in the Arctic,' features over 40 events, including 32 themed sessions and discussions, two plenary meetings and an expanded meeting of the State Commission on Arctic Development.

The forum will open with a plenary session, ‘The Arctic — Territory of Life,' devoted to constructive cooperation between Arctic nations. The plenary session, ‘Man in the Arctic,' to be held on March 30 will be attended by President Vladimir Putin and highlight Russia's priorities in implementing Arctic projects.

The themed section, ‘Human Capital,' will include discussions on projects to provide the region with human resources, developing comprehensive healthcare and using cutting-edge medical technologies in the Arctic, as well as developing its tourism potential.

Mechanisms to make the Arctic zone attractive for investors will be discussed as part of the ‘Sustainable Development of the Arctic' section. Corporate environmental responsibility, transport infrastructure development and attracting investment in industrial projects will also be on the agenda in this section.

The ‘Science and Technologies' section will highlight ways of applying innovative technologies to raising living standards of the indigenous population, and also mechanisms of natural resources exploration, and providing power supplies to the Arctic regions.

The international youth educational forum, The Arctic: Made in Russia, will also meet on the sidelines of the forum along with the Forum of Arctic Municipalities and the Arctic Business Forum.

More details on the forum's program, business events and speakers will be made available in real-time on its official website

The Arctic — Territory of Dialogue International Arctic Forum is a key platform for discussing topical issues and prospects for the development of the Arctic region with international partners.  The forum is sponsored by the Russian government and is designed to unite international efforts in the interests of efficient Arctic development and higher living standards for Arctic residents. The forum was first held in 2010 to discuss current problems facing the Arctic region. The second forum was organized in 2011 and focused on the Arctic transport network, while the 2013 forum considered environmental safety. The event is expected to bring together over 1,000 participants from Russia and other countries

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