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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, 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, and 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 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 155 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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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Public initiatives as an integral part of regional development
11 September 2018
16:30—17:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The role of society in solving social and environmental issues is growing

We bear an enormous responsibility to be a vehicle for sustainable solutions of environmental protection, including social aspect, and work on social inclusion — Anastasia Tsvetkova, General Director, Lake Baikal Foundation .

The purpose and objectives are precisely this: to replicate practices and try to develop some universal methodology for companies, to develop the culture of volunteering — Dmitry Sharkov, Siberia and Far East Corporate Governance Manager, Philip Morris Sales and Marketing .

A clean environment is a stimulus for investment in medicinal herbs and herbal medicine

Export of medicinal herbs can be compared with the export of hydrocarbons. <...> It is very promising for business. The medicinal herbs annual turnover in China is more than USD 100 billion, and every five to six years this figure doubles — Natalia Nazarenko, President, Pharmaceutical Commonwealth Association.

ISSUES
Insufficient support of public initiatives

With the implementation of any project, we always come across the fact that there are many unpredictable difficulties and obstacles on the way from a beautiful idea to its practical implementation — Anastasia Tsvetkova, General Director, Lake Baikal Foundation .

We need the executive agencies’ support to avoid administrative barriers and limitations — Natalia Nazarenko, President, Pharmaceutical Commonwealth Association.

Lack of scientific research to substantiate environmental issues

Data on marine mammals are of interest to people and are very useful to science. <...> Many existing issues cannot be raised without scientific evidence — Valentina Mezentseva, Chairperson, Council of the Sakhalin Region Boomerang Club.

Lack of public service advertising on environmental issues

Public service advertising is an issue in Russia — Anna Noskova, Member of the Environmental Committee, Primorsky Territory Youth Government.

SOLUTIONS
Motivate people to participate in environmental initiatives

We have special coaches who motivated children to address environmental issues and do research. We often took nature hikes, and there we learned that nature should be preserved and protected — Nadezhda Belkova, Chairperson of the Board, Pilgrim Interregional Public Organization of People with Disabilities.

When you work with volunteers, you should understand that many people come to try. They will try and realize this is not for them. You are to invest 6–12 months in those who, perhaps, will become just literate residents — Valentina Mezentseva, Chairperson, Council of the Sakhalin Region Boomerang Club.

Improvement of environmental education

An environmental engineer and a HSE specialist are critical, essential and in-demand modern job — Vera Kuzubov, Director, Organization Committee at Green Brush Project for Early Job Information and Guidance for Schoolchildren.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS