The International Scientific and Educational Center (UNESCO Chair) "Social and Human Adaptation of the Arctic regions to Climate Change" hereinafter referred to as the "Chair" was established on the basis of an Agreement between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and North-Eastern Federal University dated June 09, 2011.
The Chair is a university-wide research and interdisciplinary educational structural unit of the M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University. At the same time, the Chair is part of the UNESCO World Network of Chairs in accordance with the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Program, established by the decision of the 26th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 1991 for the development of inter-university cooperation at the global, interregional, regional and subregional levels in certain areas of education, science, culture and communication.
The purpose of the Chair is to coordinate scientific research, development of education, culture and information on the topic "Social and Human Adaptation of the Arctic regions to Climate Change and Globalization".
The new strategic guidelines of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Program were approved by the 176th session of the UNESCO Executive Board in April 2007. This decision focuses on the transformation of UNESCO Chairs into structures such as "think-tanks" and "bridge-builders", that is, centers for the formation and transfer of new knowledge, including at various levels of decision-making.