Following the Moscow International Forum of Houses of Friendship “Bridges of Friendship”, the International Forum of Houses of Friendship “Eurasian Bridges of Friendship” and the Congress of Peoples of Russia were held online with the participation of representatives of four countries - Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
During two days, a plenary session and panel discussions were held on open Internet platforms with presentations of the most successful practices in the field of state national policy. Leading experts of this sphere told about resources and experience the House of Nationalities of any level has, and gave examples of successful cases both in Russia and in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
“We held these events in cooperation with our Udmurt colleagues. The Udmurt Republic is one of the most stable and peaceful regions of the country thanks to consistent actions to implement the national policy of the Russian Federation. It is very important for us that we are able to share the experience of regional and local government authorities in Udmurtia on preserving spiritual values and culture of peoples, identity, traditions, as well as creating and implementing promising innovative technologies in the field of interethnic relations with the participants of the Forum and Congress,” - said Svetlana Smirnova, Chairman of the Council of the Assembly of peoples of Russia, First Deputy Secretary General - Head of the General Secretariat of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly.
“I am convinced that our joint efforts will make it possible to strengthen inter-ethnic stability as a factor of successful socio-economic development of our country and the countries participating in the forum,” - Vitaly Suchkov, Head of the Department of national policy and interregional relations of the city of Moscow, welcomed the participants.
At the panel session “Russia-Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan. The role of Houses of Friendship in the development of ethno-cultural dialogue and cooperation, strengthening social harmony and national unity, and developing people's diplomacy” the leaders of the Houses of Friendship of the Leningrad region, Samara and Omsk regions shared their rich experience. Representatives of the Houses of Friendship of Sarapul and Igra, Glazov and Mozhga of the Udmurt Republic told about their projects and findings. The importance of joint international work was emphasized by Zukhra Shidakova, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Assembly of people of Kyrgyzstan, President of the NGO “International Association of Karachay People “ATA Jurt”.
“We need to strengthen national stability. In modern terms, it is necessary to develop and strengthen the matrix of interethnic relations. For example, the Council for Nationalities under the Government of Moscow includes not only representatives of national and cultural organizations, but also fellow countrymen, Cossacks, and even the media that work on this topic. We attach a long-term character to international projects and understand that today national policy is becoming an integral part of migration, adaptation, and demographic foreign and domestic policies. In this way, a whole ethno complex is being formed, in which we all work together,” - said Igor Krugovykh, First Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Assembly of peoples of Russia, Head of the Moscow branch of the Assembly.
At a joint extended meeting of the Presidium of the Council of the Assembly of peoples of Russia and the Assembly of peoples of Udmurtia, participants discussed the role of regional branches of the Assembly of peoples of Russia in implementing the strategy of the state national policy of the Russian Federation until 2025 on the example of the Assembly of peoples of Udmurtia. Yevgenia Mikhaleva, First Deputy Chairman of the Assembly Council, Head of the Resource Centre for national relations, spoke about current projects of the Assembly of peoples of Russia.
The foresight session “Defining Areas, Forms of Cooperation and Joint Projects of Houses of Friendship of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan” continued for two days. Specialists and leaders of the Houses of Friendship of the four countries formed a checklist of problems that they face in the process of implementing the Strategy of the state national policy, as well as a number of activities that their colleagues proposed to implement together, inviting each other to visit.
The “World of Youth Initiative” youth section hosted a presentation of innovative ethno-cultural practices. The Youth Assembly of the peoples of Russia “WE ARE RUSSIANS” presented to the colleagues the results of Federal projects “Ethnomedia”, “MezhNazInitsiativa”, “MezhNatsAkselerator 2.0” and “Peculiarities of National Hospitality” and mobile application “MezhNatsAkselerator” and the board game “Peoples’ Games”.
Udmurtia presented board games from creative union “Chukinder”, Udmurt media school for mothers “Aniki” (“Mother”), “Internet Channel Daur TV” and projects “Udmurt Stand-Up”, “Youth Landing” and “Peoples’ Fitness”.
First Deputy Chairman of the Republican youth movement of the Assembly of people of Kazakhstan “Zhangyru Zholy” - Chairman of the Republican youth organization “Zharasym” Timur Dzhumurbaev presented summer camp “BIRLIK” and invited to participate in the forums “Become a Leader!” and “Synergy of Youth.”
The purpose of the large-scale events is to develop cultural and humanitarian cooperation, exchange experience in preserving and developing the ethnic and cultural identity of peoples, and identify innovative and promising technologies in the field of national relations.
The Forum and Congress were attended by representatives of local governments, activists of national and cultural associations, heads and specialists of peoples' Houses of Friendship, Houses of Nationalities, Centres of national cultures, Resource Centres in the field of national relations of the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of the authorities of the participating countries whose activities are related to the implementation of state national policy, representatives of civil society of the participating countries, heads and activists of non-governmental organizations working in the ethno-cultural sphere, leading experts, cultural, scientific and educational figures of the participating countries who have experience in research and practical work in the field of harmonization of inter-ethnic relations.
The Forum and Congress organized the all-Russian public organization “Assembly of peoples of Russia”, Russian public movement “Co-Creation of Nations in the Name of Life” (Senezhsky Forum), the Assembly of the peoples of the Udmurt Republic, the House of Friendship of peoples of the Udmurt Republic with the support of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of national policy of Udmurt Republic, Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, Committee on International relations and friendly relations with foreign countries under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Assemblies of the people of Kazakhstan and the people of Kyrgyzstan.