News and Updates

News and Updates 2017
The Barents Regional Youth Council's (BRYC) Annual Event in Arvidsjaur, Sweden between 30 November and 3 December gathered 63 Barents youth representatives to think about the “Borders” in all the meaning and play a role-play game about The Barents Regional Council.

Norway handed over the Chairmanship of the Working Group on Environment to Sweden during the Ministerial meeting in Vadsø. Concluding the Norwegian Chairmanship the main results of the work during the past two years were presented. One of these is the further elimination of the Barents Environmental Hot Spots in the Russian part of the Barents Region. Three new hot spots are now excluded from the list. The Swedish Chairmanship will further work on exclusion of the Barents Environmental Hot Spots, follow-up the “Barents 2050” and the Action Plan on Climate Change, continue emphasizing regional cooperation and finalize the Strategy for Protection of Intact Forest

Our intern Rosa-Máren Magga was invited to take part to the panel discussion "People in the Arctic: Media and Indigenous Peoples ” in Arctic Spirit Conference in Rovaniemi, Finland on 16 November. The main theme of the conference was the UN Sustainable Development Goals which were viewed from different points of view including sustainable development in land use, culturally sustainable education and the regional developent and cooperation in Arctic.

Many seminars and events took place in St. Petersburg on 20-23 November: Indigenous peoples teachers' congress, Arctic children round table discussion, Reality of ethnos conference and seminar on traditional knowledge and food culture of Indigenous peoples.

"Through joint efforts, we have managed to create a zone of confidence, stability and good-neighborhood relations in Northern Europe. That said, our multifaceted cooperation is resistant to fluctuations of political environment", says Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, about the main achievements of 25 years history of the Barents cooperation.

Roman Gokkoev has been replacing Laura Quist at the IBS as the Executive Officer since mid-August. We asked him to share his views on the Communication about the Barents Cooperation after three months of his work with us.

The First Barents Scholarships for Cultural Cooperation, each amounting 10 000 euros, were awarded to photographer Jaakko Heikkilä, travelling theatre Samovarteateret, poet and writer Mona Mörtlund and Ethno-Cultural Initiatives Support and Development Fund in the Republic of Karelia for their impact and exceptional work across the borders in the field of performing arts.

The Nordic-Russian Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC) has approved nine projects aimed at improving the state of the environment and addressing climate change in Northwest Russia based on a Calls for Proposals in the spring.

Barents youth and environmental issues will be high in the priorities during Swedish chairmanship. The Chairmanship was handed over from Russia to Sweden in the 16th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) in Arkhangelsk, 18-19 October 2017.

The Joint Declaration of the XVI Session of the BEAC was adopted in Arkhangelsk on 19 October. A link to the Declaration can be found in this news article.

The new issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Barents Studies feature three very different articles that foreground three studies located in the Barents and Euro-Arctic regions. One of the overarching commonality among the articles is that they all use comparison in order to make cogent observations about historical and present-day communities in the Barents High North and Arctic. The journal features four young scholars of the Barents Region: Camilla Brattland, Morgan Ip, Maria Lvova, and Gerald Zojer.

On the second last week in September Barents historians, artists, young entrepreneurs and LGBT-people gathered in their respective events in Kirkenes, the Capital of the Barents region.

Roman Gokkoev to take care of Laura Quist's duties

Back in the 1990's, Norway made the first initiative to establish international cooperation in the Barents region. In anticipation of the coming jubileum, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende shares his thoughts on the first 25 years of the cooperation.

North Karelia is a region located in Eastern Finland with almost 170 000 inhabitants. What else should we know about the new member of the Barents Regional Council?

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News and Updates 2016
Kirkenes Conference and Barents Spektakel

EU and the Nordic Council of Ministers support the new Barents Scholarship on Culture

Funding of youth cooperation, possible membership of North Carelia and upcoming Barents Cooperation Forum

Funding programme will be launched in early 2017

TRILOGY conference on transport, investment and logistics 1.11.2016

See the latest developments of the cooperation and project possibilities in Helsinki December the 8th

Barents youth activities on different themes in the autumn

Our regional cooperation sets an example for the whole Arctic

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News & Updates 2015 and older
The Barents Regional Youth Council's (BRYC) Annual Event in Arvidsjaur, Sweden between 30 November and 3 December gathered 63 Barents youth representatives to think about the “Borders” in all the meaning and play a role-play game about The Barents Regional Council.

Norway handed over the Chairmanship of the Working Group on Environment to Sweden during the Ministerial meeting in Vadsø. Concluding the Norwegian Chairmanship the main results of the work during the past two years were presented. One of these is the further elimination of the Barents Environmental Hot Spots in the Russian part of the Barents Region. Three new hot spots are now excluded from the list. The Swedish Chairmanship will further work on exclusion of the Barents Environmental Hot Spots, follow-up the “Barents 2050” and the Action Plan on Climate Change, continue emphasizing regional cooperation and finalize the Strategy for Protection of Intact Forest

Our intern Rosa-Máren Magga was invited to take part to the panel discussion "People in the Arctic: Media and Indigenous Peoples ” in Arctic Spirit Conference in Rovaniemi, Finland on 16 November. The main theme of the conference was the UN Sustainable Development Goals which were viewed from different points of view including sustainable development in land use, culturally sustainable education and the regional developent and cooperation in Arctic.

Many seminars and events took place in St. Petersburg on 20-23 November: Indigenous peoples teachers' congress, Arctic children round table discussion, Reality of ethnos conference and seminar on traditional knowledge and food culture of Indigenous peoples.

"Through joint efforts, we have managed to create a zone of confidence, stability and good-neighborhood relations in Northern Europe. That said, our multifaceted cooperation is resistant to fluctuations of political environment", says Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, about the main achievements of 25 years history of the Barents cooperation.

The First Barents Scholarships for Cultural Cooperation, each amounting 10 000 euros, were awarded to photographer Jaakko Heikkilä, travelling theatre Samovarteateret, poet and writer Mona Mörtlund and Ethno-Cultural Initiatives Support and Development Fund in the Republic of Karelia for their impact and exceptional work across the borders in the field of performing arts.

The Joint Declaration of the XVI Session of the BEAC was adopted in Arkhangelsk on 19 October. A link to the Declaration can be found in this news article.

The new issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Barents Studies feature three very different articles that foreground three studies located in the Barents and Euro-Arctic regions. One of the overarching commonality among the articles is that they all use comparison in order to make cogent observations about historical and present-day communities in the Barents High North and Arctic. The journal features four young scholars of the Barents Region: Camilla Brattland, Morgan Ip, Maria Lvova, and Gerald Zojer.

North Karelia is a region located in Eastern Finland with almost 170 000 inhabitants. What else should we know about the new member of the Barents Regional Council?

With its wonderful nature, cultural diversity and intriguing history, the Barents region makes an inspiring travel destination. In the whole region, tourism is an important industry for the local economies – and simultaneously a challenge for the protection of pristine nature and unique cultural traditions.

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Project funding in Barents

How to make your Barents project dreams come true? We have gathered information for all Barents relevant funding sources in our new portal.

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Internship at the IBS

The International Barents Secretariat in Kirkenes invites students and young professionals to be part of the secretariat’s team as interns. More information below.

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