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 160 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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How to Prepare for the Next Pandemic?
4 June 2021
10:00—11:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Coronavirus pandemic reveals social inequality in the world

The losses are enormous. [...] Not a single country has remained free from the virus — Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation.

This pandemic has exposed enormous social inequalities. It wasn’t just the virus that killed people, but inequality as well. […] Not a single country has escaped this reality. […] The pandemic is not over yet, we are still far from that. […] Vaccines are being distributed unevenly around the world. Although many countries are easing quarantine restrictions as people are vaccinated, we are nevertheless seeing that hospitals remain full in many countries — Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO).

What happened was definitely a challenge. It was psychological and organizational. The government worked on this issue in a very well-coordinated manner, as a single organism, largely due to the coordinating and guiding role of Rospotrebnadzor. Many of the things we did, we did together. This is the result of our joint work — Maksut Shadaev, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

ISSUES
There is a chance of other pandemics due to the failure to comply with recommendations

We have had many pandemics and there will be more pandemics. [...] Estimates put the number of viruses alone around the world at more than 100 million, of which only 6,000 have been described, and there are 500 types of viruses that cause pathologies in humans. So, the pool and potential for a viral world is huge — Vladimir Kutyrev, Director, Russian Anti-Plague Scientific Research Institute "Microbe"..

It’s is impossible to cope with a pandemic alone. The pandemic knows neither national borders nor state borders. It’s absolutely indifferent to conflicts. It’s absolutely indifferent to wars and businesses. This is why the UN Secretary General, probably from the very first moment when the pandemic announced itself loud and clear, appealed to the whole world to conclude a global truce; 160 countries responded to this appeal, but, unfortunately, far from everyone actually adhered to this call. As we can see, conflicts continue. There hasn’t been any lifting of the sanctions that are disastrous for the economies of countries, which is also important in a pandemic — Vladimir Kuznetsov, Director, United Nations Information Centre in Moscow.

We see that there is inequality not only in the distribution of vaccines, but social inequalities and inequalities in the provision of health services. There is inequality among different social groups in a single country. This may be due to ineffective management systems. Various groups are paying a very high price for their poor readiness to act — Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO).

The recommendations given by the WHO [...] are being followed and fulfilled in absolutely different ways — Larisa Katysheva, Director of the Center for Contemporary Communications, Graduate School of Public Management (GSPM) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

SOLUTIONS
Countries need to come together and listen to one another

We need one more vaccine – a vaccine of trust. Without that, we won’t make it anywhere. [...] Until we create habits that will help save our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren, we won’t be able to do anything — Larisa Katysheva, Director of the Center for Contemporary Communications, Graduate School of Public Management (GSPM) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

The lesson for the future is to learn and demonstrate a readiness to listen to one another and take each other’s interests into account. We need to speak and interact on international platforms — Vladimir Kuznetsov, Director, United Nations Information Centre in Moscow.

We need to come together. […] The world has already been in such a situation. Remember the times of the Cold War, when the US and the USSR weren’t really working together, but they did manage to establish a joint fight against smallpox. Differences must be bridged to protect people, to protect children, and ensure our future. […] We must carefully study the relationship between society, the private sector, and government and build trust in the future — Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO).

A health shield, technology, and science will help fight the pandemic

The main slogan is an epidemic without a lockdown. […] We must ensure that the country, economy, and public relations all function, while preventing the spread of infection. This is not an easy task, but this is what we have made a top priority. People should be comfortable. […] Today we have a project for a health shield based on orders from the Russian president. He voiced this during his message to the Federal Assembly. We are actively working on this today — Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation.

The question of building, designing, and creating living systems is already being raised. This is synthetic biology. […] We mustn’t just react to an occurrence, but control the possibility of the occurrence. This requires very serious scientific research, expeditionary work, and environmental monitoring — Vladimir Kutyrev, Director, Russian Anti-Plague Scientific Research Institute "Microbe"..

We have been able to find the right balance in the blanket spread of digital technologies. […] We have proven that there is no need for face-to-face communication between officials and the state authorities. We see that this is our main achievement, which distinguishes us from other countries — Maksut Shadaev, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS