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Day 1

Wednesday 17th February 2021

Thon Hotel Kirkenes



12:30Conference video premiere
Mayor’s welcomePål Gabrielsen, Acting Mayor of Sør-Varanger
The geopolitical Barents
Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Norway)
Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament (Norway))
Ann Linde, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Sweden)
Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Finland)
Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Russia)
Perspectives on security policy in the Barents RegionEirik Kristoffersen, Norwegian Army General
Julie Wilhelmsen, researcher NUPI (TBC)
Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, researcher UIT
Open borders and people-to-people-cooperationThe documentary “Puckers”
Discussions with the makers and heroes of the TV-series Puckers.
Eilif Bremer Landsend and Kristian Sønvinsen Bye from NRK. William Sjøstrand og Claus Bergersen from Kirkenes Puckers
Aurora Møllersen
Bente Andersen
Nikolay Konygin,
Russian General Consul to Kirkenes.
Rune Rafaelsen
Thorvald Stoltenberg AwardPresented by Emil Aas Stoltenberg.
The grandson of Thorvald.