On December 15, 2020, as part of the preparation of a cooperation program between the Eurasian Peoples' Assemblies and the University of Cadiz (Spain), a working meeting of representatives of the two organizations was held to develop the International Volunteering Program.
The meeting was attended by:
University of Cadiz: Herman Jimenez, Director of the International Cooperation Department of the University of Cadiz; Esther Puertas, International Relations Officer, University of Cadiz; Victoria Sakaluga, International Relations Officer, University of Cadiz; Andres Santana, Head of the International University Centre for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CUNEAC) and the Pushkin Institute of the University of Cadiz;
Eurasian Peoples' Assembly: Svetlana Smirnova, First Deputy Secretary General - Head of the General Secretariat; Yulia Petrova, Deputy Head of the General Secretariat for International Cooperation; Irina Polyakova, Deputy Head of the General Secretariat for Humanitarian Cooperation; Svetlana Tagieva, Head of the Department for Science and Education, Head of the Project Office; Kira Kovnat, Head of the Department for Cooperation with International Organizations.
Also, Roza Sarsenova - representative of Bolat Sarsenov, the head of the “Volunteers of Eurasia” project, Kazakhstan, attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the participants reaffirmed their common grounds, as both organizations work to advance the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations General Assembly for the period up to 2030. The parties expressed interest in developing a special agreement, which will unite all initiatives in the field of international cooperation, education for development and international volunteering including the area of volunteering via projects developed in collaboration with NGOs to foster a sense of solidarity with the most deprived groups, support and protect vulnerable groups; raising awareness about ecology and nature: protection and preservation of the environment and biodiversity; dissemination of culture, knowledge and education by encouraging joint scientific and humanistic activities.
A number of NGOs of the Russian Federation expressed their intention to take part in the international volunteering programs. They have already joined the work on the implementation of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly’s project “Teaching journalism to young people and children over 12 years of age with disabilities due to eye disease and its accessory apparatus “Journalism Lessons for the Blind”. This project is supported by the Presidential Grants Foundation.