Arctic: Breaking the Ice All-Russian Forum and Festival to Attract 200 Volunteers and 3,000 online Participants
The first Arctic: Breaking the Ice forum and festival will be held in Usinsk, Komi Republic on 16-18 August as part of the main events schedule of Russia's chairmanship in the Arctic Council in 2021-2023, operated by the Roscongress Foundation with the support of the ANCO Clean Arctic.9 August 2022
The forum and festival will welcome volunteers, representatives of environmental organisations and movements, public figures and students from all 85 Russian subjects, as well as the LPR, the DPR and the Zaporozhye Region. Anyone can take part in the discussions at the forum. Over 3,000 people from all over Russia are expected to attend its business section online.
'The volunteer movement in Russia has grown significantly in recent years and has an increasing impact on the Russian society's humanitarian sphere. The preservation of the Arctic nature and its restoration are a top priority of Russia; in view of this, the importance of the volunteer movement increases manifold. The ecology of the Russian Arctic zone calls for people ready to act sincerely and with great responsibility for the benefit of nature and Russian society,' stated Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the Organising Committee for the Preparation and Provision of Russia's chairmanship in the Arctic Council.
Usinsk, an Arctic single-industry town, will become the capital of Northern volunteerism and a platform for the dialogue between society, business and the government. Proactive young people from all over the country will explore the atmosphere of the Arctic and join representatives of government, educational organisations and major enterprises to discuss the development of the Russian North, the preservation of its cultural and natural heritage, the tourism potential of the Arctic zone, and much more.
'The Arctic is our home. We want everyone to see this unique land and to get a taste of its rich cultural and natural heritage. The Arctic: Breaking the Ice Forum and Festival offers a great opportunity for young people from all over Russia not only to explore the Arctic and learn about its potential, but also to consider the development of the Russian Arctic. Let hearts filled with love for their homeland and for the chilly Arctic genuinely fire up at this forum,' said Aleksey Chekunkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.
The event's motto will be 'Arctic: a cold land for burning hearts.' The main event of the forum and festival will be a Q&A plenary session with volunteers. On top of that, a special session dedicated to Arctic development be held; after it, volunteers will brainstorm ideas and solutions in directions relevant for the Arctic territories. Everyone will be able to watch broadcasts of the discussions. The bill will also include themed training sessions and workshops.
Supporting the event are the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, the Federation Council and the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Komi Republic, and the administration of Usinsk Municipality.