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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16.06.2022

A Healthy Climate: What Does It Look Like?

Key conclusions

 

Russia has developed a broad regulatory framework in environmental safety

“We started from absolute zero in terms of [legal] regulation. Today, one way or another, we have developed a regulatory framework,” Ruslan Edelgeriyev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation; Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues.

 

“Legal regulation is an important area. Let me remind you that we started from the zero line, we had nothing? there was no such regulation in the country at all. We ratified the Paris Agreement in 2019, and acceded to it, but there has never been such a legal regulation. And it was developed for the first time in the Russian Federation. <…> We developed all by-laws as part of the Federal Law No. 296-FZ of 2 July 2021 on limiting emissions [Federal Law No. 296-FZ of 2 July 2021 “On Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions”. – Ed.], that is, we described what climate projects were, how to implement them, how to verify them, how to take them into account, we described what bodies should deal with these issues,” Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

 

Russia is a responsible state in solving climate and environmental problems and plans to fulfill all its obligations

“Today, I would like to declare – both for the international community and for people in our country who are hysterically inclined to understand – that the Russian Federation… is a climate-responsible state… we are not going back anywhere, we are keeping our commitments,” Ruslan Edelgeriyev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation; Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues.

 

“The Russian Federation remains a climate-responsible state, it is implementing all the obligations it has assumed,” Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

 

“Last year, the President [Vladimir Putin. — Ed.] depoliticized everything related to this issue, speaking in Kunming at a conference on biodiversity, before the Russian delegation went to Glasgow. He said that we need it, our children, our grandchildren need it, and therefore we will do everything in order to correct the situation with the accumulated damage, introduce environmental conservation technologies,” Vyacheslav Fetisov, Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Goodwill Ambassador, The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Chairman, All-Russian Society of Nature Conservation.

 

PROBLEMS

 

Some Western countries are trying to influence the decisions of the Russian Federation in environmental safety, and also hinder the modernization of Russian production

 

“Today's political situation has shown that those countries that called us to this or that action... provoked an increase in civil aviation emissions themselves, because they increased flight routes, they abandoned clean energy, switched to coal, which provoked greenhouse gas emissions again,” Ruslan Edelgeriyev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation; Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues.

 

“Our partners prohibit us from supplying us with equipment that is necessary for the environmental or climate modernization of our production facilities. The question is why? Should the Russian Federation unilaterally be a climate-active state? Obviously, the answer is no,” Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

 

“Somewhere our “friends” were having a go at us when signing the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement without considering all our advantages,” Vyacheslav Fetisov, Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Goodwill Ambassador, The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Chairman, All-Russian Society of Nature Conservation.

 

SOLUTIONS

 

When resolving issues on the global environmental agenda, Russia should rely on its own interests, sustainable development goals, and also raise the issue with other countries that sanctions should not be able to affect the availability of equipment and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

 

“We are not making quick energy transitions because there are sustainable development goals for affordable, clean energy. We will act strictly on the topics we have previously stated…we will act in such a way that no one can grab the biggest piece of the pie, and accuse us of certain unfulfilled obligations. We will not any changes in a hasty manner... we must still understand today who our friends are and who our enemies are. And we will continue to move towards sustainable development, without plunging the economy into a state of shock, without social upheavals. Because we see such short-sighted actions of our Western colleagues. They are after all introduce their population into very uncomfortable living conditions. <…> We know what we are doing. And in no case will we allow us to be blackmailed with all sorts of carbon-correcting mechanisms, the rejection of coal, the transition to certain energy sources that are inconvenient for us,” Ruslan Edelgeriyev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation; Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues.

 

“It is necessary to raise this issue today for all states that support the trend of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Access to technology, equipment… should be shared and should not be subject to any sanctions or restrictions,” Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

 

“Controlling the quality of air and water, creating an industry for cleaning all our water resources, which will soon be the main resource in geopolitics – these are also tasks that today require solutions from government, business and science especially. Forest conservation is also a very important topic,” Vyacheslav Fetisov, Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Goodwill Ambassador, The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Chairman, All-Russian Society of Nature Conservation.

 

For more information, visit the Roscongress Foundation’s Information and Analytical System at roscongress.org/en

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