In 2012, the first International Forum "The Arctic: Present and Future" was held in St. Petersburg under the auspices of the Association of Polar Explorers of the Russian Federation, becoming a successful continuation of the conference "The Arctic – the territory of friendship and cooperation" conducted with the support of the Government of St. Petersburg and the Arctic World Club.

The key participants of the forum were the representatives of several ministries of the Russian Federation, the State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS, the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rosturizm), the Government of the city of St. Petersburg, the administrations of the Arctic regions of Russia, the large state and private companies, the public and scientific organizations of the Arctic Council member states, the leading industry scientists, the well-known public figures, the representatives of culture and sports.

A plenary session was held as part of the business program of the forum, where the speakers were the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko, the President of the State Polar Academy, the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov, the Deputy Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation Sergey Darkin, the State Secretary , the Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Sergey Aristov, the Ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Anton Vasilyev. The forum was attended by over 400 delegates from 20 regions of Russia and countries of near and far abroad.

The cultural program of the forum was presented by the ceremonial award of the laureates of the international literary prize “Polar Star”, the laureates of the international film festival “Sports Cinema for Children”, and the laureates of the international prize “Sokrat”. The winners of the honorary awards “Polar Star” in the nomination "For contribution to the propaganda and development of the North" were the Hero of the Soviet Union, the Hero of Russia, the outstanding polar explorer, the President of the State Polar Academy, Artur Chilingarov, and the First Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, Yury Neelov. In total, the prize was awarded in five nominations: prose, poetry, journalism and memoiristics, local history and fairy tales. Among the laureates there were writers, as well as public figures from St. Petersburg, Naryan-Mar, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk and foreign countries (Norway, Finland), united by their love for the Arctic.

Along with the literary prize, the awards were given out to the laureates of the film festival “Sports Cinema for Children”. The awards to the best authors of documentaries and feature films were handed out by the legendary Soviet hockey players Vladislav Tretyak, Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Petrov, as well as the famous Canadian hockey player Phil Esposito. Among the winners there were the director Evgeny Yashin (Nizhny Novgorod Region), Sergey Shagin and Nataliya Zavoznenko (Moscow), Nikolay Maletsky (Moscow) and others.

As part of the forum, the congress of the Association of Polar Explorers of the Russian Federation was held.

Greetings from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu and the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolay Patrushev were announced at the congress.

Speaking to the participants of the congress, Artur Chilingarov noted the need to train a new generation of Arctic scientists. The Association of Polar Explorers plays a leading role in expanding the international cooperation in the polar regions and promoting the study of the Arctic and Antarctic. In the field of legislative activity, with the active participation of the Association of Polar Explorers in the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, more than 15 federal laws aimed at social protection of northerners were adopted, and the amendments were also made to the legislation on the state regulation of merchant shipping in the waters of the Northern Sea Route.

Another cultural event of the forum was the international photo exhibition “A Modern View on the Arctic” among the photographers of the Arctic Council member states. The project included the photographs of: Mikhail Cherkasov, Dmitry Deshevykh, Valery Maleev, Andrian Kolotin, Viktor Nikiforov, Vladimir Sertun, Christopha Höbenreich, Daisy Gilardini, Nataliya Chervyakova, Anna Yudina, and the works of the company VICAAR.

The series of events ended in the international ice hockey tournament “ARCTIC CUP” among the Arctic Council member states.

For the first time, the tournament was organized in 2011 by the companies Arktikmorgeo and Neftegazmontazhservis, with the support of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, the Government of the city of St. Petersburg, the Association of Polar Explorers of the Russian Federation, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, the global ice hockey community and national ice hockey federations of the Arctic Council member states. The tournament rules are distinguished by the participation of the famous hockey players, public figures, and representatives of the business and the public of the Arctic Council members states: Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, the USA and Canada. In 2012, the first ice hockey tournament among the amateur junior teams, “ARCTIC CUP JUNIOR”, was held.

The honored guests of the tournament were: the President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretyak, the outstanding Soviet hockey players Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov, the legendary ten-time Stanley Cup winner Phil Esposito, the famous NHL arbiter Paul Stewart, and many others.

“The participation of teams representing their countries in this tournament shows that this competition is not just hockey, it is friendship and communication. And our task is to multiply a number of such tournaments as much as possible”, said the President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretyak at a press conference. Phil Esposito admitted that he considers Russia one of the greatest hockey nations. “I don’t know another country in the world where hockey is so famous” he said.

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