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"Dialogue on the Volga" becomes significant international platform of public diplomacy

News — Volgograd 31.10.2019 at 12:33

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Representatives from 40 countries, including the UK, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, USA, Uzbekistan, France, Germany and others, joined the VI international forum of public diplomacy, "Dialogue on the Volga: peace and understanding in the XXI century", which opened today in Volgograd. Special attention is paid to development of the twinning movement, the founders of which are Volgograd and Coventry — this year sister-city relations will be 75 years.

"During the Second world war, the people of Stalingrad and the British Coventry took a historic step towards each other — they became the first sister cities, thereby showing the world the hatred of war as means of solving humanity's problems. On the eve of the forum Volgograd was selected as one of four cities-presidents of the International Association of peace messenger cities. Consider this event a natural achievement after years of work of Volgograd in the field of public diplomacy," — said, opening the forum, Deputy Governor of the Volgograd region Andrey Kosolapov.

"creating the world's first twin city relations between Volgograd and Coventry has contributed to the development of friendly relations between many cities around the world. Since 1944, we have come a long way, but don't have to stop and help the creation of a new sister city relationship. Thanks to the organizers of the forum — you are helping to make the world safer," — said the Lord mayor of Coventry Linda Bigham.

the forum was opened by a panel discussion about the future of international relations, contemporary challenges and responses to them in the progressive world community. Participation in the discussion took the head of FA Rossotrudnichestvo Eleonora Mitrofanova, head of the international Committee of the Federation Council of Russia Konstantin Kosachev, the Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Argentine Republic in the Russian Federation, Ricardo Ernesto Lagorio, Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Belgium in Russia Jean Arthur Resibo.

this year's forum, due to the interaction in the framework of the agreement between the Volgograd region and Rossotrudnichestvo, has reached a new level. Increased number of participants, the themes of the international dialogue are not only the issues of the global agenda, partnerships in the social and humanitarian spheres, but also the prospects of enhancing economic cooperation. The head of Rossotrudnichestvo Eleonora Mitrofanova thanked the leadership of the Volgograd region for the organization of the forum and expressed readiness to support the initiative of the region of giving Volgograd the status of the capital of public diplomacy.

"Dialogue on the Volga" becomes significant international platform of public diplomacy. Rossotrudnichestvo participates for the first time in this project as co-organizer. Now on the grounds of our offices in 81 countries Volgograd can realize their projects, to familiarize the foreign public with the history, scientific, cultural and economic potential of the region. It is symbolic that the event takes place on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the great Victory. Wherever I was, never met anyone who has not heard about Stalingrad. For me this is a special pride because I was born here," said Eleonora Mitrofanova.

Another bright page of the forum will be a dialogue between young people from different countries. In the framework of the project of Rossotrudnichestvo "New generation" in Volgograd profit 50 young representatives of foreign States: "They will discover modern Russia, to learn about it. That young people contribute to constructive dialogue between the two countries", — said the head of Rossotrudnichestvo.

the Beginnings of the Volgograd region have received high praise from the foreign ambassadors: "the Forum is not only an opportunity to discuss issues of public diplomacy, but also to implement best practices in life. We need to think about the future, because the world today is changing too fast", — said Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Belgium in Russia Jean Arthur Resibo. He also drew attention to the fact that the foreign diplomats need to work not only in Moscow but in the regions of Russia: "we Need to increase the number of joint activities to the inhabitants of our country more talked. Public diplomacy projects offer such an opportunity."

"Volgograd embodies the best qualities of Russia, and now he builds bridges to the future, establishing a dialogue with the international community", — expressed his opinion of the extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Argentine Republic in the Russian Federation, Ricardo Ernesto Lagorio.

will Remind that the forum "Dialogue on the Volga" is held in Volgograd since 2014 is an initiative of the Governor Andrei Bocharov on the organization of the international platform was supported by the foreign Ministry and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This year the forum will open for two days — October 31 and November 1. Tomorrow in Volgograd will hold a joint briefing by the official representative of the MFA of Russia Maria Zakharova.

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