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On Peace Day, the Assembly and UNESCO placed emphasis on international solidarity

22.09.2020 105 просмотров

Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Executive Secretary of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Grigory Ordzhonikidze drew attention to this.

Speaking at the online action of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly on the occasion of the International Day of Peace on September 21, he said:

- I would like to express my gratitude to the International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations "Eurasian Peoples' Assembly" for organizing events aimed at to unite the efforts of non-governmental organizations in the approval of the ideas of peacemaking, interethnic dialogue and cultural and humanitarian interaction. Holding an educational action in honor of the day of strengthening the ideals of peace among all countries and peoples is of particular importance and more relevant than ever. Today, we will once again draw public attention to the importance of international global solidarity and cooperation in combating the most severe crisis of our time, which has affected all spheres of human life - the COVID 19 pandemic.

Over the years of its existence, UNESCO has firmly established itself as humanitarian foundation of the system of international relations, a unique multilateral forum on the protection of the most important universal values, cultural heritage and the environment, has always been based on the fact that the peaceful development of mankind should be based not only on military-political and economic mechanisms, but also on intellectual and moral solidarity . The organization's activities are aimed at building peace through education, freedom of expression, intercultural dialogue, respect for human rights, cultural diversity and scientific cooperation, as well as promoting sustainable development through dialogue and respect.

This difficult year coincided with the 75th anniversary of the founding of UNESCO. The key areas of the organization's activity - the spheres of education and culture - were subjected to the most destructive impact. The headquarters of the organization was effectively closed, and scheduled international meetings on a wide range of humanitarian issues were cancelled. The search for an effective response to the challenge - the COVID 19 pandemic - and the adoption of appropriate measures have come to the fore in UNESCO's activities. The organization follows its principles and statutory tasks in overcoming a humanitarian challenge on a global scale that really changes people's lives and affects the global economy. As never before, unprecedented solidarity, concentration of forces and resources are required from all countries.

I want to express the hope that all of us, including the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, through our projects, as well as thanks to the high professionalism and experience of all our members, will contribute to the practical implementation of the ideals and tasks of UNESCO. Indeed, in the face of a common misfortune, the noble mission of UNESCO - to put into practice the ideals of peace and moral and intellectual solidarity, laid down by its charter, in the minds of people - acquires the character of a universal imperative necessary for the survival of our countries and peoples.

In the words of our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov, “the time has come to abandon inertial thinking based on obsolete stereotypes and finally start acting from the standpoint of morality. After all, the prosperous future of all the inhabitants of the Earth, our common home, is at stake.”

Recall that the International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations "Eurasian Peoples' Assembly" holds actions in honor of the International Day of Peace every year. This year's event was online format.

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