Arctic still Norway’s most important foreign political target area
Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner (right) and Member of Parliament Frank Bakke-Jensen (left) visited the Norwegian Barents Secretariat on Tuesday.(Photo: Trude Pettersen)
Norway’s Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner believes Norway has both great opportunities and a great responsibility in the north and wants to make northern Norway into the country’s most sustainable and creative regions.
“The High North is still the most important target area for Norwegian foreign policy – we have enormous possibilities here when it comes to natural resources, human resources and cooperation across borders”, Sanner said at the annual Kirkenes Conference, which opened in the Norwegian border town on Tuesday.
More than 300 persons had gathered to listen to the minister’s opening speech of the popular conference.
“The government wants to contribute to the creation of more business and more value in the north. The range of resources in this part of the world is huge, from oil, gas and minerals to tourism and reindeer husbandry. We want to create the best possible framework conditions for the use of resources and ideas. “
“Ambitions are only effective when they are met with the will to implement them, our ambition is to make northern Norway the most sustainable and creative regions”, Sanner said in his speech and mentioned innovation, research, infrastructure and transport as some of the target areas for fulfilling the government’s ambitions.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
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“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.