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 188 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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New Time for Diplomacy
8 September 2022
10:00—11:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
New times – new diplomacy

Without strengthening the supporting pillars of diplomacy, meaning the norms and principles of international law, without a return to normal diplomatic communication, it will be very difficult for us to come to agreements in this new world, about this new time, about how we will live. And for this to happen, and this has been known for centuries, diplomacy is needed and diplomats are needed who, despite all the severity of tensions, sit down at the table, start talking, and are able to negotiate — Kirill Barsky, Acting Head of the Department of Diplomacy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

In terms of what is happening now: a huge number of factors are trying to divide us. We have all recently experienced Covid restrictions, when a vast number of international relationships were in fact frozen, and logistics and trade and economic relations were largely put on hold, but diplomacy did not stay silent. And this is correct. Because, as it has absolutely correctly been said, diplomacy is the oldest profession. Because this is the state of mind of any normal person, to want to come to an agreement — Boris Maksimov, Representative, East Arctic Oil and Gas Corporation.

Of course, diplomacy should on no account fall into the realm of hype. Diplomacy is still a conservative art that adheres to basic principles. The main principle of diplomacy is that in any relationship, when you are happy, this means, of course, mutual respect — Boris Maksimov, Representative, East Arctic Oil and Gas Corporation.

ISSUES
Diplomacy is currently experiencing a deep crisis

Diplomacy is dead – it has been dying for a long time, and painfully, in recent years. And of course, at the beginning of this year, it died completely, because what happened in January and February was not particularly related to diplomacy — Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria (2017–2019).

In this new time, diplomacy is not showing itself in its best form. Look at what is happening: in many countries, diplomats refuse to communicate with each other, do not respond to notes or to letters, restrict communication by diplomatic representatives with the media, block embassies’ bank accounts, and expropriate diplomatic property. Well, as you will appreciate, it is very difficult to conduct diplomacy in such conditions. And this is at a time when our world is in an acute phase in the transformation of international relations — Kirill Barsky, Acting Head of the Department of Diplomacy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

I don’t think that there is any big conspiracy [in the current state of diplomacy in the world]… I think that what we are seeing here is rather a complete loss of common sense and a loss of the high art of diplomacy, in which it is understood that the consequences that certain actions lead to, this can even be called – quite harshly – a pandemic of stupidity — Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria (2017–2019).

Diplomatic and economic problems: inextricably linked

Two key challenges that are now facing humanity and the economies of any country are: a change in the technological order, an energy transition, the first transition in the history of civilization that does not lead to cheaper energy, but vice versa. This shows how climate and economic issues are intertwined. The second challenge that I would like to draw attention to is the imbalance between developed and developing countries — Anastasia Lavrentieva, Deputy Head, Center for Implementation of Sustainable Development Principles, Gazprombank.

SOLUTIONS
Restoring dialogue must begin with related areas

For the new era of diplomacy, I would suggest starting with some very technical issues, without turning to war and peace. We must start with something small, with something that is just related to specific problems, something related to industry, to the industrial sector. We may think back to the issuing of visas, and humanitarian issues, and then we will see, if we can deal with these problems, how to move forward — Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria (2017–2019).

Yes, despite the changes taking place in the world, the development of cooperation, the strengthening of cooperation, in the first place, it seems to me, one can continue to build on the basis of humanitarian cooperation and on the basis of various educational projects. We continue to organize, we have such an interesting system – ... we are working on projects with a variety of countries, with universities, where young people can do research with their peers from foreign countries. And, in general, despite the situation that arose in February, we have continued all our project work ... The field of education, it seems to me, can become key to building new relationships in the new world order — Irina Strelnikova, Head of Continuing Education and Professional Development Department, Russian Academy of Education.

The current situation, in my opinion, despite the very difficult context, despite the turbulence in the energy markets, is in fact a kind of freeze in the green sphere ... I believe that climate diplomacy is that particular point of growth, in general, in international cooperation, which is worth supporting, nurturing, and developing as much as possible. The general contours of climate diplomacy can already be seen today, they are focused mainly around economic issues — Anastasia Lavrentieva, Deputy Head, Center for Implementation of Sustainable Development Principles, Gazprombank.

The more we work in various areas: in the field of education, in the field of medicine, in the field of science, and of course, in the field of trade and economic relations, the more it binds together our peoples and our countries with mutual interests. And when mutual interests appear, and especially when mutually beneficial economic interests appear, then one wants to develop them, deepen them, expand them and under no circumstances slip into the area of conflict — Boris Maksimov, Representative, East Arctic Oil and Gas Corporation.

Effective training: the new diplomats

The university is both a breeding ground for Russian diplomats and a university for the Russian Foreign Ministry. We are faced with the need to maintain both of these statuses and, of course, to increase our efforts in the area of international cooperation, and we have begun to take certain steps. Starting with the most obvious: in the spring of this year, we held, all in all, more than 50 meetings with schoolchildren from five countries, mainly from former Soviet republics, and talked directly with 5,000 of our potential foreign applicants. Our delegation travelled to several countries, where they spoke, discussing MGIMO University and its opportunities directly with our potential applicants, schoolchildren in grades 10–11 ... This, in combination with other tools, produced a good result – this year we recruited more than 350 foreign students, this is a figure that is not only in no way inferior to the numbers of foreign citizens of previous years, but even surpasses it in some areas — Stanislav Surovtsev, Vice Rector for Youth Policy, Social Work and International Relations, MGIMO University.

In August of this year, we opened a special class for training diplomats at School No. 45 in the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Starting from fifth grade, we will prepare the children, and in so doing, contribute to the training of diplomatic staff, and since we have a very active representative office of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, our colleagues will conduct the relevant classes there after school hours. The educational programme also includes lessons in a second language, in addition to English and also Chinese — Dmitry Korostelev, President, Union "Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kamchatka Territory".

It seems to us that the key point here is that the training of specialists in this field must begin as early as possible. We have the first level of the programme – it consists of three levels – these are children from 10 to 14 years old, because by adolescence, there is already an integration of values. The sooner the right world view is put in place, and the child is immersed in the appropriate environment, the more effective, in our opinion, the subsequent process of choosing a profession will be, and in the future he will, in an informed way, join a specialized university and represent the interests of our country abroad truly effectively and with dignity — Irina Strelnikova, Head of Continuing Education and Professional Development Department, Russian Academy of Education.

Creating beneficial conditions for global solutions

For diplomatic missions, it is vital to create favourable conditions for diplomats’ work and daily lives, diplomats’ movement, and their communication with representatives of government bodies, with the press, and with people. Only then will it work, which will mean that we will have the opportunity, in the end, to agree on something — Kirill Barsky, Acting Head of the Department of Diplomacy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

I don't know, perhaps it sounds too ambitious, but maybe we need some kind of global agreement, in the United Nations or on some other platform. Or just an open document which all politicians ‘of good will’ will sign up to, in which to say ‘yes, this moment in the history of mankind did happen, but we are turning the page and starting to live afresh — Kirill Barsky, Acting Head of the Department of Diplomacy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations.