Kirkenes Conference program 2022

Wednesday February 23rd

11.00Registration opens
13.00Welcome to the Kirkenes Conference
Mayor Sør-Varanger Municipality, Lena Bergeng
The Geopolitical Barents
Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway
Matti Anttonen, State Secretary Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister
Ann Linde, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden 
Border cooperation for the future  
 Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Matti Anttonen, State Secretary, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Andrey Chibis, Governor of Murmansk Oblast  
15.00Border residents’ certificate
10 years – experiences and opportunities further
The value of open borders
 Marit Arnstad, parliamentary leader SP
Lars Peder Nordbakk, Civita
Arne O. Holm, editor of High North News  
Barents cooperation – an example to follow
 Dag Rune Olsen, Rector UIT -The Arctic University of Norway
Karin Eriksen, Troms and Finnmark County Municipality
Daria Makhotina, chair of the Barents Regional Youth Council  
Business development in challenging times
 Andrey Chibis, Governor, Murmansk
Oddgeir Danielsen, Norwegian Russian Chamber of Commerce
Atle Berge, Ølen Betong
Felix Tschudi, Tschudi Logistics
Bjørn Gundersen, Novatek  
17.40Awarding of Thorvald Stoltenberg’s Prize 2022
 Emil Stoltenberg
18.30Opening Show The Barents Spektakle
19.00Mingling Thon Hotel
20.00Conference Dinner, Thon Hotel
Celebration of 10 years with a border resident certificate

Thursday February 24th

08.30Green Pathways
Strategies for the green shift
Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister (TBC)

Emma Kari, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland
Michael Mann, EU Ambassador to the Arctic
Nikolai Korchunov, Russian Arctic Ambassador
Silje Karine Muotka, President the Sami Parliament, Norway  
Energy sources of the future
Amund Vik, State Secretary for Petroleum and Energy (TBC)
Terje Skansen, CEO of Varanger Kraft
Vadim Ulanov, Regional Manager Enel Russia
Kari Lahti, Fortum, Finland (TBC)  
13.00Svalbard and Berlevåg: two Arctic pilots
Arild Olsen, local administration Svalbard archipelago
The Zeeds Initiative  
Mineral needs in green industrial development
Øystein Rushfeldt, CEO Nussir
Torstein Dale Sjøtveit , Chairman of Board, Freyr Batteries  
How is this related?
 Frederic Hauge, Bellona
Area conflicts and environmental consequences of the green shift
 Eirik Larsen, political adviser Norwegian Sami Parliament
Frederic Hauge, Bellona
Gina Gylver, Head of Nature and Youth
Øystein Rushfeldt, Adm dir Nussir
Terje Skansen, Group of Varanger Kraft
15.00Norwegian-Russian Environmental Commission
30 years The Polar Institute and the Fram Center
 Concluding Remarks
Einar Sneve Martinussen, Associate Professor AHO
16.00End of Conference