Will Regional Diplomacy Prevail in the Arctic?
In 2013, people from the northernmost part of Europe will celebrate the 20 years of the signature of the declaration of Kirkenes. This agreement may be considered a major milestone in the development of trans-border cooperation between the nations and the people living in the Barents Sea region. The agreement constituted a concrete positive step to ensure the implementation of several initiatives in fields ranging from well-being issues to environment; technology development and mobility. Cooperation in the Barents Sea regions has proven to be fertile through the years.
Several initiatives have been put forward to improve the well-being of aboriginal people in the Barents Region, who are until today considered as major actors playing a role in the political stability of the region. The Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East (RAIPON) has worked constantly to defend the interests and make the voice of the aboriginal people and inhabitants from Northern Russia hear in order to improve their living conditions in this part of the World. Nowadays, thanks to the cooperation development in the Barents Euro-Arctic Regions, several regional agreements have been signed between Fennoscandian organisations and the RAIPON.