The Northern Forum is a non-profit, international organization composed of sub-national or regional governments from eight northern countries.
Northern regions share characteristics that set them apart from other areas of the world. These include:
- Economies based upon the extraction of natural resources.
- Lack of internal capital resources.
- Limited infrastructural development.
- Harsh climates and vulnerable ecosystems.
- Diverse and relatively strong indigenous cultures.
- Sparse populations.
Such complex factors create unique challenges for regional Governors and other executives.
From throughout the North, the Northern Forum brings these leaders together to address common political, environmental and economic issues.
The Northern Forum developed from a Northern Regions Conference held in 1990 in Anchorage, Alaska, attended by more than 600 delegates from 10 countries.
The Forum was formally established in November 1991.
For more information please check the Northern Forum's website or visit its Facebook page.
This year Northern Forum will host its 12th General Assembly in Yakutsk, November 4-6. The main goal of the meeting is to discuss and outline main perspectives and challenges for interregional cooperation in the changing World realities, all aimed to a same goal - to maintain and achieve new heights in making the North a convenient, friendly and safe place to live.
The General Assembly is attended by Governors and representatives of the Northern Forum member regions from State of Alaska (USA), Sakha Republic, Khanty-Mansiyskiy AO, Yamalo-Nenetskiy AO, Chukotskiy AO (Russia), Kamchatskiy Kray; Town of Akureyri (Iceland), Gangwon Province (Republic of Korea), Lapland (Finland); business partners, project coordinators and participants. Representatives from other regions, the Arctic Council observer organizations, other international organizations and Arctic business circles are also invited to the event.
For more information on Assembly please check this page.