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The Arctic Region is widely seen as one of the most promising areas for human development in the future. Hence the need to protect the biological diversity of the region, which makes an essential part of human development agenda. The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has launched an unparalleled project that has no analogues elsewhere – the “Snezhinka” International Arctic Station operating on carbon-free energy. The opening ceremony is scheduled for spring 2022. 
Indeed, the cross-Year has long been a boon for cooperation among countries in international diplomacy. It promotes strengthening of bilateral relations, gives them a new positive dynamics. In Russia, this practice has been practiced for a long time. One of the first experiments was cooperation with France in 2010 or "L'année croisée", then the countries had done enormously impressive work, many large-scale activities were carried out in almost all areas of life: trade, industrial sphere, agriculture, scientific research, culture and sports.Russia will cooperate with many countries in 2020.
In the South Korean capital the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) held the road show "Russia 2020. Euro as a gift", dedicated to the main tourist destinations in Russia and to the upcoming matches of the European Football Championship, which will be held in St. Petersburg, reports TASS. The European Football Championship will be held in 12 European cities from June 12 to July 12, 2020.
According to the World Coordinating Council of Organizations of Russian Compatriots, for the first time Russian compatriots in Tunisia organized the New Year's fair “Slavic Bazaar”, with the Association “Russian Heritage” as the organizer. Immigrants from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and the Baltic republics presented their works to the people of Tunisia.
Rossotrudnichestvo and the Russian State Musical Television and Radio Center (RSMC) have signed a cooperation agreement. The document was signed by the head of the Agency, Eleonora Mitrofanova, and the general director and artistic director of the RSMC, Irina Gerasimova, Rossotrudnichestvo reports.
Foreign students choose summer and winter Russian language and culture schools among other educational programs organized by Russian universities. According to a study of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (PFUR or RUDN), they pay attention not only to content of one or another program, but also to the cultural component and living conditions, RIA Novosti reports.
Russia will present a national stand at the 43rd Calcutta International Book Fair in India that will be held from January 31 to February 11, TASS reports. The official opening of the Russian national stand will take place on January 31 at 16:00 (local time). As the head of the Consulate General of Russian in Kolkata Alexey Idamkin noted, for the first time Russia has been chosen as the theme country at the International Kolkata Book Fair.

Today, we are talking with Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic, vibrant and charming yet, bold and visionary founder and general director of a comprehensive platform aimed at unifying potentials for the future: Culture for Peace. From the very heart of Old continent, central Europe’s shiny capital – Vienna, an interesting message of sustainability comes through a web of meanings: connecting scientific approach, artistic touch and practical yet decisive action.

A major retrospective exhibition “Chagall: Between Heaven and Earth” takes place in the historical-architectural “New Jerusalem” museum located in the Moscow Region. Installed in the modern exhibition complex next to the New Jerusalem monastery, the historical heart of the city of Istra, the exhibition presents 239 works by the Russian-French artist (1887, Vitebsk – 1985, Saint-Paul-de-Vence) including paintings, etchings, drawings, and tapestries.
An honorary reception has been held in the run-up to preparations to celebrate Years of Sino-Russian Scientific-Technical and Innovative Cooperation in 2020–2021. Bilateral ties between Russia and China boast a history of 70 years of cooperation that feature coordination of efforts in science, technology and innovation, pursuit of bilateral projects, and the elaboration of a joint plan of action.