During the 14th Northern Forum General Assembly held on 28-29 April 2021 in Naryan-Mar (Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia), the Governor of Lapland (Finland) Mika Riipi was elected the new Chair of the Northern Forum.
The Governor of Nenets Autonomous Okrug Yuri Bezdudny and the Mayor of Akureyri (Iceland) Asthildur Sturludottir were elected the Vice-Chairs.
Since 2011 the Northern Forum chairmanship has rotated among the Russian regions Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Krasnoyarsk Krai, Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Electing Lapland the chairing region in the year of the Northern Forum’s 30th Anniversary breaks new ground in the organization’s history. Lapland played a key role in the elaboration of the Northern Forum Development Strategy until 2030 and, as the chairing region, gets an excellent opportunity of implementing it, taking into account that the 14th General Assembly adopted the Action Plan for the Strategy’s implementation.
Most likely, Lapland’s chairmanship in the Northern Forum will prioritize the expansion of membership and business cooperation, strengthening the structure and securing the stability of the organization, creation of a financial instrument to support project activity, development of youth movement and stronger regional voice in the global international agenda.
Youth movement is expanding in almost all international organization of the Arctic. New generation is coming, new leaders are entering the arena, who will assume responsibility for the destiny of the Arctic and the North. Established in 2020, the Northern Youth Forum may become one of the major associations to support and select gifted youth from different regions.
The Northern Forum welcomes the chairmanship of Lapland.
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Source: Northern Forum