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Russia is developing Arctic municipalities at the Association level

The establishment of the Association “Arctic Municipalities” ( was initiated in September 2014 in order to implement the Strategy for Development of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation and Ensuring National Security approved by the President of the Russian Federation. Currently, the Association includes 117 municipalities representing almost all the regions that make up the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation.

The Association serves as a platform for constructive dialogue between municipal, regional and federal levels on the development of Arctic territories, and its creation and activities are driven by the need to inform government authorities about the needs and initiatives of the population of the Russian Arctic. The municipal agenda is included in the activities of the Arctic Council, which is currently chaired by Russia until 2023. 

In 2017 and 2019 in the framework of the IV International Arctic Forum “Arctic – the territory of dialogue” were held the Forums of Arctic municipalities in Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg, organized by the Association “Arctic Municipalities” in which all member regions – Arkhangelsk region, Krasnoyarsk region, Murmansk region, Nenets Autonomous District, Karelia Republic, Komi Republic, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Chukotka Autonomous District participated.

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Arctic Municipalities Forum in Arkhangelsk.

Today they say a lot about support of the Arctic, but in our view if two questions are not solved first of all – these are the questions of normative base and determination of state body which will deal directly only with the Arctic, there will be no serious advance in this direction. All proposals of the Association “Arctic Municipalities” and legislative initiatives are taken into account both by the Government of the Russian Federation, the State Commission on Arctic Development and governments and of course the direct management of municipalities of the Arctic zone of Russia. They are aimed at socio-economic development of the territories and improvement of the quality of life, with priority given to people, people’s interests, creating conditions for population retention and attracting young people to work and live in the Arctic. 

The Association is taking part in working groups in working out draft of Federal law “On development of Arctic zone of the Russian Federation”, and in a similar format in working out Strategy of development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and assurance of national security for the period to 2035, approved on October 26, 2020.

Russia is in every way interested in contacts with foreign partners at the municipal level both in Northern Europe and in other member states of the Arctic Council.

From the Russian sources of the “Arctic Partnerships”.

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