Konstantin Kosachev attends General Eurasian Peoples' Assembly

The Assembly brings together NGOs from 45 countries.

Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev took part in a meeting of the General Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, which brings together NGOs from 45 countries. It is a broad platform for interaction between civil society institutions and government bodies as well as an important public diplomacy tool.

The event was held with the support of the UN Information Centre.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the participants.

Konstantin Kosachev read out an address from Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko, which noted the Assembly’s important role in the development and strengthening of the Eurasian dialogue.

“Eurasian integration, including the Russian regions’ involvement in business cooperation in Eurasia, has always been a priority for the Federation Council,” Valentina Matvienko pointed out in her address. She also noted that the Russian Federation, placing a special emphasis on equal and mutually beneficial integration projects, seeks to form a Greater Eurasian Partnership based on a concept proposed by President of Russia Vladimir Putin. “The most important and significant initiative towards this goal is the World Conference on Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue scheduled for May 2022, organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and supported by the United Nations.” The Federation Council Speaker expressed confidence that the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly will make a significant contribution to the preparations of this major event.

Those present also reviewed the Assembly's activities over the period since its inception, approved a plan for the next four years, and also re-elected the organisation’s governing bodies.

The event was attended by Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples 'Assembly Andrey Belyaninov, First Deputy Secretary General – Head of the General Secretariat of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Svetlana Smirnova, Director of the UN Information Centre in Moscow Vladimir Kuznetsov, Executive Secretary of the Russian Commission for UNESCO Grigory Ordzhonikidze, as well as more than 800 public organisation representatives – members of the Assembly.