Singapore’s Special Envoy for Arctic Affairs, Mr Sam Tan, delivered the closing remarks at the Russia-Singapore Arctic Dialogue held on 17 December 2021.
The dialogue, held in hybrid format and titled“The Arctic as a Global Transport Corridor: Sustainable Arctic Shipping”, is jointly organised by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and the Moscow School of Management (SKOLKOVO), with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore. With the increasing importance of sustainable development in the Arctic, and the Arctic emerging as a global transport corridor, the webinar focused on topics such as technology and innovation for sustainable Arctic shipping, economic development, and potential cooperation between Russian and Singaporean companies and research institutes in sustainable Arctic shipping projects.
In his closing remarks, Special Envoy Tan stressed the importance of driving the economic development of the Arctic while putting in place sustainable solutions in the context of climate challenges, such as through the development of technology and innovation for sustainable shipping. He also welcomed and expressed Singapore’s support for the Russian Arctic Council Chairmanship’s focus of a “Responsible Governance for Sustainable Arctic”, which is relevant not just to the Arctic, but also globally, especially as the world takes steps to emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a low-lying coastal state, Singapore is vulnerable to rising sea levels. The Arctic is a barometer of climate change, and it is in Singapore’s interest to work closely with our international partners to find ways to mitigate its adverse effects. We do so by participating in international Arctic events, raising regional awareness of Arctic issues, and contributing to discussions at the Arctic Council, the leading intergovernmental forum for discussing political, economic, environmental and scientific issues concerning the governments and inhabitants of the Arctic region.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore