A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Turn to nature: Russia's new environmental policy in the context of the "green" transformation of the world economy and politics

The report of the Higher School of Economics is devoted to the role and place of the environmental agenda in the domestic and foreign policy of Russia, implemented in a fundamentally changing world, including in interaction with key integration associations with the participation of our country (SCO, BRICS, EAEU).

The report was prepared by the team of authors of the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics, National Research University Higher School of Economics under the leadership of S.A. Karaganov based on the results of three situational analyzes under the auspices of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the support of the Roscongress Foundation, the Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and the magazine Russia in Global Affairs.

Analysts of the Roscongress Foundation have identified the main theses of this study, accompanying each of them with a relevant piece of video broadcasts of panel discussions held as part of the business programs of key events held by the Foundation.

Preservation and conservation of nature should be an important component of the Russian national idea, its mission for themselves and for the world.

Given the increasing urgency of environmental problems for the vast majority of countries in the world, there is a need to form a truly unifying, rather than dividing, non-discriminatory environmental and climate agenda that would stimulate the global movement to reduce environmental damage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and not form a narrow circle privileged country with minimal impact on climate change. Russia, with its richest natural potential and the position of the planet’s ecological donor, could become the initiator of such an agenda.

Video: roscongress.org/sessions/spief-2019-otvetstvennoe-razvitie-vs-ustoychivoe-istreblenie-priroda-i-tekhnologii/search/#00:19:20.703

The modern environmental policy of Russia is not active enough and does not fully meet the challenges of the time, in particular, the sharp increase in the importance of the environment in the world economy and international relations, its transformation into a factor of competition, as well as the close fusion of the environmental agenda with the economic and technological.

Since the 1990s, environmental policy has been perceived in Russia as a burden, and sometimes as a threat to economic development. This is most clearly spelled out in the Economic Security Strategy of the Russian Federation (2017), where the development of «green technologies» is ranked among the main challenges and threats to the country’s economic security — primarily due to the fact that these technologies reduce the demand for raw materials exported Russia. Building foreign and foreign economic policy on the old pillars means accepting the fact that the role of Russia in the world economy and world politics will inevitably decrease.

Video: roscongress.org/sessions/kak-uporyadochit-ekologicheskuyu-deyatelnost-na-blago-ekonomiki/search/#00:49:27.295

The protection of nature should also become one of the priority areas of Russia’s foreign policy, an important part of the agenda of both Russia’s bilateral dialogues with key partners, primarily China and the EU, and multilateral institutions with Russian participation (BRICS, SCO, EAEU).

To date, due to disagreements between the member states, environmental and climate issues are not among the highest priorities within the BRICS and SCO frameworks. However, it is desirable for Russia to show leadership in this issue and to help gradually overcome differences and fill this gap, starting with a dialogue on the expert line. First of all, it should not be about the short-term obligations of the member states in the environmental sphere, but about jointly with Russia the development of a new global agenda in the field of environmental protection, fairer than the one proposed today by the West, and emphasizing the positive contribution of Russia to solving world environmental and climatic problems.

Video: roscongress.org/sessions/iaf-2019-ekologicheskaya-deyatelnost-molodezhi-regionov-severa-v-interesakh-ustoychivogo-razvitiya/search/#00:03:01.248

We also invite you to familiarize yourself with other materials posted in special sections of the Roscongress Information and Analytical System The National Project «Ecology», Climate Change, BRICS and SOC, dedicated to the development and enhancement of the role of the environmental agenda in domestic and foreign policy relations.

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