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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.

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The Three Whales: Science, Nature, Humans
6 September 2022
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The theme of nature and ecology remains relevant despite global events

There is a lot of talk today that ecology, biodiversity, climate are very important... We have been cheated twice already: when we signed the Kyoto Protocol and when we signed the Paris Agreement... If we invest today in conservation technologies, and we know that somewhere by mid-century technologies will completely change, they will be green and non-toxic, but they do not exist yet. Just to take serious decisions within the state to create a ten-year programme that can help us restore nature... will allow us to identify both our advantages and our problems — 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.

A few years ago, the Roskatchestvo consumer behaviour research centre conducted a survey of our citizens. The topic of smart and eco-friendly consumption and eco-thinking, surprisingly enough, has not left people, despite the monopoly. 52% of Russians supported eco-initiatives and eco-funds, and 59% said that they felt better about brands that have a focus on sustainability in their strategy. 59% of consumers said that they would prefer products that are high quality and durable and are prepared to avoid the fast fashion trend – not only for financial reasons, but also for environmental reasons. And 86% of citizens support separate waste collection initiatives, understanding how important and necessary it really is for the country — Maxim Protasov, Head, Russian Quality System (Roskachestvo).

ISSUES
Decisions on important issues lag behind

More trains need to be run to the South, so they need to be run. We need to enroll more students in higher education institutions, so we will need to enroll more. It has the highest urgency possible. We have a new programme for industrial mortgages that has been launched. It is also an excellent initiative. I read the news yesterday that it has finally been launched. I ran a large industrial holding company for many years – it should have been done 20 years ago, 25 years ago, or even better 30 years ago... Now, unfortunately, the solutions that appear are either outdated or not quite in line with what the audience is looking for — Ruslan Novikov, General Director, Argumenty I Facty.

Of course, the time has come to make decisions. Not an easy time. But these are precisely the times when decisions are made that will give us a perspective, that will allow us to look not only under our feet, but a little bit forward. Everything has to do with the development of our country, with health, and with demography — 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.

Scientific knowledge is disconnected from practical application

Any student understands that they will one day have to come into a large, rational environment where they need to show how well they can work. We often have education disconnected from this environment. And that is a very dangerous story because we start serving ourselves. Many university divisions and, incidentally, scientific divisions work only to reproduce themselves and to prove their usefulness... We need to draw a clear line between applied skills and fundamental ones — Alexey Maslov, Director, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University.

People should be first, especially given the demographic challenges

People in the Far East are in short supply... The trend has been reversed over the past three decades, and the population of the Far East has fallen by a quarter, by more than two million people. How can we break this trend? I do not know. People in short supply, nature in surplus — Vladimir Klimanov, Director, Institute for Public Finance Reform (IPFR); Head of the Regional Policy Center, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

Science, nature, man. We write a lot about science... We are very serious about nature and ecology... But still, we are set up to work with people. For us, our audience is our job. It is our business — Ruslan Novikov, General Director, Argumenty I Facty.

SOLUTIONS
There needs to be a major overhaul of education

The only way, in my opinion, is through a deep, profound restructuring of the education system. Because we are now arguing a lot in education, but not about that. Is the Bologna system good or bad? In fact, it is a mere technology. It has nothing to do with whether it will be good or bad. As a consequence, we need deeper meanings... If we do not get back to this now, we will get bogged down in petty arguments. And the crisis we are going through and the search for meanings that we are currently going through require at least some systemic thinking — Alexey Maslov, Director, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University.

On behalf of the business school, we, as the very institute that was mentioned that is trying to provide, on the one hand, fundamental knowledge, and practical knowledge as well... There is a demand for humanities, for creative disciplines. If you look at the needs of CEOs of companies, we have conducted such surveys for about three years, the top specialties they need are humanities specialties which are focused on social skills, so-called soft skills. This is a global trend in education — Oleg Remyga, Head of the "China" direction, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

The main objective remains to improve the quality of life for the people

The President’s address to the Federal Assembly in 2021 said that the efforts of every level of government, business, development institutions and, incidentally, the Russian Academy of Sciences should serve the main objective – improving the quality of life of our citizens. The quality of life is a key element in all of our national projects in 14 key areas — Maxim Protasov, Head, Russian Quality System (Roskachestvo).

In medicine, we now say: health-related quality of life. Because it is completely different. We are talking about the fact that quality of life for a sick person and a healthy person are completely different things. One issue that is practically beginning to be addressed, but is far from being resolved, is medical rehabilitation. Now the Academy of Sciences is taking quite big steps to take part in the construction of centres, in the development of this problem. Almost all diseases can be treated here, surgeries can be done, but unfortunately there is no high-quality rehabilitation — Aleksandr Lila, Director, V.A. Nasonova Research Institute of Rheumatology.

This is not just an academic desire for humanitarian interaction between countries. It is a business need. Because skills – soft skills – are a business need. It is about practice. It is about money. And it is, after all, about improving the quality of life. I, as a young generation, want to live in a rich country, regardless of the pressures we are under — Oleg Remyga, Head of the "China" direction, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.