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June 07, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (CPAR) in Buryatia

From 14 to 17 June, 2016 a great international event will be held in the capital of the Republic Buryatia Ulan-Ude – The  12th Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region. It is organized by the State Duma and the Federation Council with the help of the government of the Republic Buryatia. The support of the event organization is also given by GC «METROPOL», OJSC «Zapsibgazprom»,  TC «METROPOL-EXPRESS», Fund for Protection of Lake Baikal.

The Conference will be attended by the Deputies of the State Duma of Russian Federation, members of the Federation Council, the government of the Republic of Buryatia, deputies of the National Hural of Republic,  representatives of the Russian MFA, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Federal Water Resources Agency, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Hydrometeorolgy Agency, the European Parliament, the North-West Council, the North Council, deputies of the national parliaments of countries of the Arctic Region (Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, Finland, Sweden), the representatives of the countries-observers (the Great Britain (UK), Singapore, Japan).

The Conference will discuss topical issues of the Arctic co-operation: the impact of human factors; social and cultural challenges in the Arctic; climatic and environmental changes; possible prospects for indigenous people and people of the North; economic, technical and scientific development of the region.

On the 14th of June at 18:30 Reception will be held by the Head of Republic Buryatia – the Chairman of the government of Republic Buryatia V.V. Nagovicyn. On the 15th of June at 10:30 the grand opening of the Conference will start in the Government building (hall 318). Greetings will be announced from the Government of Republic, the State Duma and the Federal Council of the Russian Federation.

Sessions are planned on the first day of the Conference: «Arctic Cooperation in Light of the Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris» and « People in a Developing Arctic ». At 19:00 Gala dinner will be held on behalf of the State Duma (restaurant «Mergen » in the «Mergen Bator» hotel). On the 16th of June the session «New opportunities in the Arctic Region» will be held. The results of the Conference will be summed up and the final Statement will be made. The event also includes vast entertaining program. Besides sessions of the Conference its participants will visit Lake Baikal and Ivolginsky temple.

You can study in detail the program of the Conference, its participants and the conditions of accreditation on the web-site:


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The Conference of parliamentarians of the Arctic Region is held once in two years. On the previous Conference in Canada (town Whitehorse) in 2014 a decision to organize the next Conference in 2016 in the Russian Federation on the territory of Republic Buryatia was made by the initiative of the Head of delegation  M.V. Slipenchuk. This proposal was approved on the Meeting of the Standing Committee of parliamentarians of the Arctic Region in December 2015 in Strasburg (French Republic). The presentation of Republic Buryatia was successfully held on the Meeting of the Standing Committee of CPAR during 2-4 of March, 2016.

The decision about holding the Arctic Conference in Ulan-Ude is a natural step. The question of defining the borders of the Arctic Region is still open. Experts and legislators consider that division should not take place only on the terms of natural areas. There is a necessity to take into account the background of economic development of the regions. In the opinion of M.V. Slipenchuk it will be economically wise to equate the number of regions of Republic Buryatia to the Arctic territory.70 percent of Yeravninsky district is a territory of permafrost.  In Soviet times it was referred to the north territory. M.V. Slipenchuk considers that the new Arctic statement should include territories equated to arctic. It concerns the region of Eravna, Bauntovsk, Northbaikal districts and other regions of the Eastern Siberia and Far East Russia.


CPAR – interparliamentarian international organization that unites parliamentarians of countries of the Arctic Region (Russia, Norway, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, USA, Europian Parliament and international public organizations). The major aim of CPAR is to contribute to the co-operation with governments of countries of the Arctic Region concerning the problem of indigenous peoples of the North, ecological and social problems of the region. The Federal Council of the Russian Federation takes part in international interparliamentarian cooperation on standing terms. The Delegation of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in CPAR is headed by M.V. Slipenchuk.


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