Barents Summit 2013

The new Kirkenes Declaration has environment as a top priority. Still, environmental NGOs fear for green cooperation in the Barents Region.

Aili Keskitalo, Sámi politician and member of Barents Regional Council, says the termination of activities by Working Group of Indigenous Peoples is a serious signal to the nations in the Barents Region.

The Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Region halts all activities due to lack of funding. The decision was taken one day after the Prime Ministers praised the Indigenous Peoples work at the Barents Summit.

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg today laid down wreaths at the memorial to the Red Army soldier in Kirkenes.

STORSKOG: Dmitri Medvedev and Jens Stoltenberg concluded the Barents Summit with a relaxed walk over the joint Norwegian, Russian border after getting their own visa-free ID-cards.

KIRKENES: The Barents Regional Youth Council says the future of the Barents Region lies in transportation.

KIRKENES: Top government officials at Tuesday’s Barents Summit pledged improved east-west transportation, sustainable resource development and more cooperation in addressing the effects of climate change in the Barents region.

KIRKENES: Environmentalists shout slogans and call for green action as Premier Medvedev arrives at the Barents Summit in Kirkenes, Norway.

KIRKENES: The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Barents Cooperation has started under the bright Arctic sun with the Prime Ministers in place. Jens Stoltenberg says Environment, Climate change, transport and knowledge are key issues in the new Kirkenes declaration.

KIRKENES: Tomorrow, leaders from across the Barents Region are coming back to Kirkenes, two decades after signing the first Declaration. Sverre Jervell was one of the main designers of that agreement; he says it’s come a long way.