The main mission of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) is to address the critical issues and highlight the opportunities which face people living in the regions of the Circumpolar North including the Nordic Region. Important topics and challenges include community viability, social and human capital, knowledge(s), quality of life, sustainable development and use of natural resources, energy efficiency, governance, human and environmental security, and environmental risks and threats, particularly climate change. Developing the capacity to address these issues is also central to the mandate of the University of the Arctic, and consequently, these two institutions are in close cooperation, for the NRF acts as a UArctic Institute. The Northern Research Forum is first of all an international forum, as its name implies, and not an organization. The NRF has its own rules of procedure, adopted in November 2001.