An altogether new kind of event by the Roscongress Foundation is currently in the works. A round-the-world voyage by the mir training vessel in 20222023 will serve as a source of news about environmental, youth, scientific, socioeconomic, and international initiatives which will take place both on board, and along the sailing ships route. All these events will take place under the name «mir» (meaning «peace»), and together will form the basis of a new, ongoing project which is not confined to a single point on the map.
Over the course of 320 days, Mir will cover 35,000 nautical miles. The voyage will offi cially get under way during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2022, with the ship returning to St. Petersburg to conclude its journey on 9 May 2023. The ships route will take it through four continents, seven ports of Russias Arctic and Far Eastern regions, and 15 major ports across the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, and Europe. A number of Russian and international training ships will be invited to join Mir as it calls into port. They will be involved in meeting participants, accompanying Mir on individual legs of the voyage, and holding special events.
Mir will be an international event held in the name of peace and goodwill. The project will cover nine of the UNs 17 Sustainable Development Goals and support a whole range of initiatives, including the following:
• Promoting the Northern Sea Route; green, climate-friendly energy; and products and solutions from leading Russian companies aimed at improving quality of life
• Strengthening Russias social and humanitarian initiatives
• Ensuring the sustainable development of water bodies and the preservation of the World Oceans natural resources
Three programmes will be developed for the event in cooperation with leading Russian and international youth and environmental organizations. These will focus on the Arctic, the environment, and knowledge.
Mir and its team are also set to participate in major international events, with plans being drawn up for the Eastern Economic Forum, Far East Street, and the 2nd International Tiger Conservation Forum in 2022.
During its voyage, the ship will host events focusing on a range of topics, including business, society, young people, the environment, and humanitarian endeavours. There will also be a series of gala events, as well as events attended by government officials and specially invited guests, and featuring TV link-ups and live broadcasts. Reflecting the route, the subjects covered will be dedicated to Russias chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the development of the Russian Far East, strengthening cooperation with the Asia-Pacific region, promoting Russias interests in Latin America and the Caribbean, and fostering bilateral ties with EU nations. Events by the voyages sponsors, philanthropists, and partners will garner broad media coverage, and cross-cutting events will also come under the spotlight.
The voyage will be supported by a major digital media project, which will aim to highlight the leading role played by Russia in global cooperation, build Russias prestige, raise public awareness of national projects, broaden and boost humanitarian ties, and reinforce Russias historic links. The initiative will take place in accordance with a Russian presidential directive, and will mark events taking place in Russia as part of World Maritime Day, and also honour the 78th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
An organizing committee chaired by Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Vitaly Savelyev has been set up to oversee the initiative. This body will be supported by a number of working groups focusing on specific aspects. The voyage is being organized by the Roscongress Foundation, the Association of Training Sailboats of Russia, and Rosmorport. An office dedicated to the event has already been established.
Several organizations and government bodies have already leant support to the initiative, including the Russian Ministries of Transport, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources and Environment, and the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic; the Federal Security Service of Russia, the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport, Rossotrudnichestvo, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Atomflot, the governments of St. Petersburg and Primorye Territory, Vladivostok city administration, the Admiral Makarov State of Maritime and Inland Shipping, and the United Shipbuilding Corporation.