The Eurasian Peoples' Assembly held an annual meeting of the General Council
On February 11, 2022, the annual meeting of the General Council was held in offline and online format at the Moscow headquarters of the International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations "Eurasian Peoples' Assembly".
The event was attended by members of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly from more than 18 countries, as well as invited guests and partners.
Anticipating the speeches of the meeting participants, Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Andrey Belyaninov noted that the international union has learned how to effectively and intensively to work in the context of a pandemic, and recalled the General Assembly of Eurasian Peoples held on July 9, 2021 , which adopted a number of important decisions for the further development of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly.
In particular, the Charter of the Assembly was amended, and new composition of the General Council for the next four years and created Supreme Advisory Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly. The Supreme Advisory Council included authoritative public, political and state figures, representatives of the business community, and leaders of public opinion in Eurasia.
Andrey Belyaninov stressed that the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly has already made a significant contribution to the establishment of the diplomatic role of international non-profit organizations and their unification in order to represent the interests of different peoples of Eurasia.
“We have moved to a new quality level. At a time when many values that were provided by state international treaties are collapsing, people's diplomacy, the content of this concept, acquires a new sound," said the Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly.
Today, the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly unites representatives of non-governmental organizations from 53 countries, recalled Andrey Belyaninov. The Union has concluded more than 135 partnership agreements in the field of culture, education, entrepreneurship, development of integration ties between the peoples of Eurasia and public diplomacy. The partners of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly are organizations from Greece, France, India, Morocco, Serbia, Russia, UAE, Benin, Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Great Britain, Uzbekistan, Italy, Spain , Vietnam, China, Afghanistan.
The plans include further expansion of the geography of the activities of the international union of non-governmental organizations, intensification of work with large international integration associations such as the UN, SCO, BRICS, ASEAN, EAEU and others , contributing to the implementation of the interlinked Sustainable Development Goals, developed in 2015 by the UN General Assembly as a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all.
Andrey Belyaninov emphasized the importance of the humanitarian component of Eurasian integration and the need to develop the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in this area.
“Our common course should be directed to the key thing - the community of peoples,” the Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly concluded his speech.
The meeting of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly was attended by Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Mikhail Myasnikovich. He recalled that the EEC and the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly have been bound by fruitful cooperation since 2019 and systematic work within obshchestvennye-obedineniya-zaymutsya-razvitiem-evraziyskoy-integracii" target="_blank">EAEU strategies until 2025. On the eve of the General Council meeting meeting of the Chairman of the EEC Board and the Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly.
“The Assembly took place and established itself as an authoritative and sought-after expert platform for public dialogue, especially in socio-cultural terms,” Mikhail Myasnikovich emphasized.
He noted that in the near future, the EEC and the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, having already outlined all the points of contact between their activities, will move on to an active strategic partnership in the scientific, technical, educational, economic and information spheres.
“The Eurasian Peoples' Assembly took place as a representative, authoritative, proactive and very active body of international cooperation. It is precisely these partnerships, which are now embodied in the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, that the authors of the document "The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" had in mind when they formulated Goal 17 - "Strengthening the means of achieving sustainable development and revitalizing the mechanisms of global partnership for sustainable development,” said Oleg Kobyakov, Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The scale of work and the scope of the external relations of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly was appreciated Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Professor of the MGIMO Department of Diplomacy Kirill Barsky.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation considers the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly as its very important partner, as an integrator of regional projects in the Eurasian space,” said Kirill Barsky.
As a positive trend of our time, he noted the request of civil communities to unite, the desire of international non-governmental organizations to cooperate. This is “a ray of the future world that shines from afar like a light at the end of a tunnel,” said the Ambassador at Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“Vladimir Putin put forward the initiative of a large Eurasian partnership, which today is in great demand. Here, the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly came into resonance both with objective trends and with those ideas that have now become the common macroeconomic strategy of the EAEU to create a Greater Eurasia, such an umbrella format that would find a place for a variety of initiatives, programs, plans," he stressed. Kirill Barsky, adding that "the Greater Eurasia program is impossible without the consolidation of the initiatives of the business community, civil society and all Eurasian states."
The request for cooperation and the desire to unite initiatives aimed at the integration of the states of Eurasia was voiced at a meeting of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly in the greetings of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Russian Federation, the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Moldova and Republic of Uzbekistan Sasivat Wongsinsavat and Special Representative of the Government of China for Eurasian Affairs Li Hui (from 2009 to 2019 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Russian Federation) and in the speech member of the Supreme Advisory Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, President of the Policy and Governance Foundation (India) Dalbir Singh.
Co-Chair Council of Elders of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Director of the Republican State State Enterprise "State Museum "Center for the Rapprochement of Cultures" under the auspices of UNESCO under the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, People's Writer of the Republic of Kazakhstan Olzhas Suleimenov< /b>.
“I am very glad that the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly has long, for several years, been talking about the formula for the path from centuries of dependence through a period of independence to an era of conscious interdependence. <...> And this is the only organization now that constantly remembers this formula of the path and talks about it,” Olzhas Suleimenov said.
The writer explained that independent states simply cannot exist in our time, and “interdependence is the most appropriate form of coexistence” for everyone. In addition, he noted that interdependence is more than interaction, and this interdependence is yet to be comprehended and realized by the leaders and citizens of the states of the world.
After an exchange of views on the achievements and ways of further development of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, the participants and guests of the meeting of the General Council considered the results of the activities of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly in 2021 and the work plan for 2022 presented First Deputy Secretary General - Head of the General Secretariat Svetlana Smirnova.
The First Deputy Secretary General - Head of the General Secretariat stressed that the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in the near future seeks to obtain consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, consultative status with UNESCO and associated status with the Department of Public Information of the UN Secretariat.
Svetlana Smirnova, speaking about the plans of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, also recalled that the international union continues to work on the preparations for the First World Public Summit and the First Eurasian Games "Eurasiad".
The idea of the World Public Summit was appreciated by a member of the Supreme Advisory Council of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, Head of the Department of Public Policy of the Faculty of Political Science of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov Vladimir Yakunin:
“Great idea for a global summit. But it should be a summit of leaders of public opinion. You can also invite political leaders, but as guests, because <...> there is the G20, there is the G7 – there are more than enough summits… But the summit of the leaders of public organizations is very correct.”
Vladimir Yakunin believes that "the significance of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly lies primarily in the fact that it is a non-governmental, non-governmental organization, an organization designed to develop cooperation between the peoples of the Eurasian continent."
The Republic of Bashkortostan (Russia) is ready to act as a geographical platform for cooperation and dialogue. This was announced by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Head of "_blank">Representations of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in the Republic of Bashkortostan Andrey Nazarov. He recalled the plans to hold the Days of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in the Republic of Bashkortostan, postponed in 2021 due to the epidemiological situation. Andrey Nazarov also spoke about the activities and development of the Representation of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in the Republic of Bashkortostan.
Member of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Advisor to the Head of the Republic of Altai (Russia) Ivan Belekov continued the theme of the geographical expansion of the Assembly peoples of Eurasia. He spoke about the growing topic in the information field - the historical and civilizational significance of Altai as the ancestral home of the Eurasian peoples - and proposed holding under the auspices of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly the international scientific forum "Altai vector of Eurasian integration" and the youth forum "Manzherok" planned for this year. Ivan Belekov also announced the start of work on a cross-translation of the epics of the Eurasian peoples into different languages and expressed confidence that this project would find support from the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly.
The Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea - Permanent Representative of the Republic of Crimea to the President of the Russian Federation, Head of the Representation of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in the Republic of Crimea spoke about the Crimean vector of Eurasian integration Georgy Muradov.
He emphasized the great importance of the peacekeeping role of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly.
“Everything starts with the peoples, and if they speak their mind, then we achieve results,” Georgy Muradov said.
He called on the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly to "strengthen peace, prosperity, economic development in difficult regions", in those parts of the mainland that "turned out to be outside the formats of states."
“The activities of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly should also cover these spaces,” Georgy Muradov is sure.
Partner of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Director of the People's Diplomacy Center of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan Kabuljon Sobirov recalled that the SCO countries occupy 23% of the Earth's territory by area and 61% of the territory of Eurasia, they are inhabited by representatives of more than 200 nationalities, adherents of major religions and generations of four civilizations (Russian, Chinese, Indian, Arab). Therefore, the issues of interethnic, interfaith and intercivilizational dialogues are so relevant for the SCO and the need for cooperation with the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly is taken for granted. He invited the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly to take part in the Tashkent People's Diplomacy Forum, which is scheduled to be held in Uzbekistan in May this year.
Kabuljon Sobirov also said that a two-volume book about the contribution of the Uzbek people to the victory over fascism had come out of print in Uzbekistan, and expressed his readiness for further cooperation with the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in terms of activities to preserve the historical memory of the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War.
This topic was continued by Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, Chairman of the NGO "Institute of Military Heritage" (Lithuania) Yurijus Traksialis. He spoke about the megaproject of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly "Immortal Memory" and called on all members, partners and friends of the international union to use its experience in uniting and striving for peace of all the peoples of the Eurasian continent.
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