This year the High North Dialogue Conference was held on April 3 – 4, 2019.
Since 2007, the High North Dialogue conference series have brought together Arctic leaders to discuss the dimensions of the changes taking place in the Arctic. Set in Bodø – the second largest community in North Norway and gateway to the Lofoten Archipelago – the High North Dialogue 2019 became an arena for discussing new ideas for the economic development of the Arctic region, with an emphasis on future scenarios of economic development and governance in order to ensure sustainable growth.
More than 350 students, representatives of businesses, academicians, policy-makers, politicians and other stakeholders came together to share their knowledge and to discuss the future of the Arctic. The conference was opened by Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Co-Chair of High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and welcomed by Eirik Sivertsen, Head of the Storting’s Delegation for Arctic Parliamentary Cooperation. Among key note speakers were Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Special Representative for the Ocean, Tero Vauraste, Chair, Arctic, Mead Treadwell, Lt. Governor, Alaska, 2010-2014. Special interest of the participants focused on the Ambassadors’ Panel represented by Audun Halvorsen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway; Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs of the European Union; Mikael Antell, Finnish Ambassador to Norway; Teimuraz Ramishvili, Russian Ambassador to Norway; Krister Bringéus, Swedish Ambassador to Norway; Kenneth J. Braithwaite, U.S. Ambassador to Norway; Kenneth Macartney, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Canada in Norway.
MGIMO-University in Odintsovo was represented by its Director, Sergey Vasiliev, who initiated a discussion focusing on the Treaty between the Kingdom of Norway and the Russian Federation concerning maritime delimitation and cooperation in the Barents sea and the Arctic ocean. He argued that “the regulatory regime pertaining to the oil and gas business and resource management in the Barents Region, created by the Treaty, should be improved and incentivize active exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the former disputed area. This issue could and should be the cornerstone of a potential joint research, ultimately aimed at furthering sustainability of the Arctic”.