The Valdai Discussion Club took part in the Eastern Economic Forum for the fifth time. On September 2, a session of the Club, titled “Global Challenges and Opportunities for the Far East and the Arctic”, took place. Andrei Bystritsky, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, will make an opening speech at the beginning of the session. Alexei Chekunkov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic; Glenn Diesen, professor at the University of Southeast Norway; Atsushi Sunami, President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation;Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia (2007-2010, 2013), President of the Asia Society Policy Institute; Vyacheslav Ruksha, Deputy Director of ROSATOM; Director for the Northern Sea Route (NSR) Directorate of ROSATOM; Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, participated. The session was moderated by Timofei Bordachev, Programne Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Academic Supervisor of the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics.