The International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly was established at the First Congress of the Assembly on May 27, 2017 in Moscow.
More than 2500 representatives from 67 countries of the continent attended the Congress.
The official website of the First Congress of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly: http://eurasia-congress.org
As part of the business program of the Congress, more than 40 dialogue platforms were organized, including plenary sessions, panel discussions, roundtable meetings, conferences, master classes, forums and thematic sessions. More than 130 speakers and moderators, including 53 foreign ones, took part in the deliberations and discussions. The focus of the meetings was on issues of economic cooperation, the interaction of peoples in the fight against terrorism, environmental priorities, the work of humanitarian missions, cultural cooperation, the development and support of new projects, the prospects of a one Eurasian information environment, the preservation of interethnic harmony, and much more.
The cultural program of the Congress was presented by several interesting events: film screenings and meetings with the directors of the First International Film Festival “Eurasia: Territory of Cinema”, a gala concert of the Eurasian Festival of National Cultures “Melodies of Unity”, the exhibition “Russia Multinational” and “Eurasia - the Continent of Peace and Harmony”, as well as the photo project “Children. Flowers. Life".
The participants of the First Congress of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly took part in a flashmob dedicated to the Day of Eurasian Integration. They sang the Anthem to the World by Ali Dimayev. The main words of this song "goodness will warm the world" were often heard at the Congress of representatives of non-governmental organizations of the Eurasian continent. The Congress was held under the motto "The future of Eurasia will be created together!"
A striking event of the Congress plenary session was the video message of the multinational crew of 51st expedition of the Mir orbital station. Three of the five cosmonauts are from Eurasia: Fyodor Yurchikhin is Russian, Oleg Novitsky is Belarusian and Tom Pesquet is French.
At the solemn ceremony, prominent public figures were awarded the Eurasian People's Recognition Prize "Ambassador of Friendship".
Aware of the role of civil society and peoples’ diplomacy in the development and strengthening of integration on the Eurasian continent, in creating a solid foundation for the future of the peoples of the most populous region of the planet, the participants of the Congress called the establishment of the International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations the Eurasian People’ Assembly one of the promising forms of implementation of the social integration model.
Andrei Yuryevich Belyaninov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Heritage Foundation, was elected Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly.
Representatives of Russia, Asia and Europe were elected Co-chairs of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly:
- Igor Khalevinsky - Chairman of the Council of Russian Diplomats’ Association;
- Bernard Lohse - Vice-President of the Association French-Russian Dialogue;
- Dalbir Singh - a prominent public and political figure in India.
The Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly is intended to become a platform for uniting the efforts of non-governmental organizations and business communities in the development of integration processes, the adoption of the ideas of peacemaking and strengthening good-neighborly and business relations.
The Congress finished its work by forming the Assembly General Council and adopting a number of fundamental documents, including the Final Resolution and the Appeal to the Heads of State and peoples of Eurasia, as well as to international organizations, in particular the UN and UNESCO, with a proposal to support the initiatives of the congress.