Outcomes of the III International Public Diplomacy Forum were summarized at BelSU

17/10/2023 11:28

Belgorod State University became the venue for the final meeting of the expert forum of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly “Truth and Morality - a Strategic Resource of Public Diplomacy.”

The meeting was moderated by acting Vice-Rector for International Cooperation of the National Research University "BelSU" Vladislav Kuchmisty and Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Yulia Petrova.

More than eighty representatives from more than twenty states - members of international organizations, public and scientific figures from the countries of the post-Soviet space, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe took part in the plenary session.

In her welcoming speech, Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, professor, PhD in Economics Yulia Petrova expressed the hope that the forum will become a permanent communication and discussion international platform.

“We dare to hope that we are now closer to our dream - that this forum can become a permanent operating platform where new mechanisms of interaction will be developed, solutions will be proposed in the field of public diplomacy for the development of scientific and educational programs, and international communication. Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Andrei Belianinov spoke about this on the first day of the forum. He proposed holding the forum on an ongoing basis in the Assembly’s partner countries,” - the expert said.

As noted in her video message the acting Rector of the National Research University "BelSU" Evgenia Karlovskaya, participation in this forum is important and symbolic for Belgorod University, because public and especially scientific and educational diplomacy is a tool for strengthening international integration, which the university actively promotes in its activities.

The issues raised by the speakers concerned universal human values, cooperation in the scientific, educational and cultural spheres. The discussion of the current geopolitical situation and the balance of power in the global economic space was also discussed.

Thus, speaking about the preconditions for the emergence of armed conflicts that engulfed a number of regions in the post-Soviet space and the Middle East, the Head of the Committee on Economic Strategies of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, analyst and public figure Mikhail Khazin argued that the reason for the events occurring is the reluctance on the part of the United States of America losing its position as the First Power with an obvious inability to ensure the legitimacy of dollar assets in the world due to the economic downturn that has been observed in the United States for more than two years.

“This means that everyone who has accumulated large dollar assets will lose them during this crisis, including many Arab countries. Accordingly, the key question – already political – that faces the beneficiaries of the Bretton Woods dollar system: “How to make sure that they are not to blame?” In order for them not to be guilty, there must be a war. In history, this issue has been resolved many times and all according to the same scenario,” - the speaker concluded.

Mikhail Leonidovich outlined in detail the situation on the global foreign exchange market and called on representatives of the member countries of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly to combine the protection of their assets with the creation of alternative currency zones.

“It is necessary to create systems alternative to dollar payments. This cannot be done quickly. But the fact that they need to be discussed is obvious... The topic of protecting one’s assets must be combined with the topic of creating alternative currency zones,” - the expert concluded.

Addressing the theme of the forum - truth and morality, as a strategic resource of public diplomacy - and discussing a common future, the red thread in the speeches of almost all speakers was the idea that the world community needs to invest in future generations, in youth, and this should happen through universities and science.

This was discussed by the President of Damascus University Dr. Mohammad Osama al-Jabban, the President of the UAE Institute of Cultural Diplomacy Dr. Mohammed Kamil Al Muaini, the Advisor to the Secretary General of the Association of Alumni of Soviet and Russian Universities Dr. Wahib Mohammad Abdil Fath Karazhi and others.

Co-chairman of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, member of the State Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Alexandra Ochirova paid special attention to the need to develop new meanings and categories.

“Managing meanings and generating new meanings is, I think, the primary task of all civilized people, every person... With the understanding that humanity cannot develop without meanings, we must approach this. I think that subsequent documents that will be adopted will expand this to the strategic foundations,” -Alexandra Vasilievna emphasized.

In turn, Member of the Parliament of Bahrain, Chairman of the Union of Graduates of Soviet and Russian Universities in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dr. Yusif Zeinal, voiced that all humanity lives by simple thoughts and desires set out in Lev Oshanin’s children’s poem “Let there always be sunshine”, and suggested making a poem based on these verses the song known throughout the world as the anthem of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly.

The plenary session ended with the voicing of the key points of the final resolution, which will contribute to the formation of relevant approaches to creating mechanisms for building a shared future.

First of all, Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Yulia Petrova noted that the forum should become a permanent, authoritative international platform where decisions will be developed in the field of public diplomacy, joint scientific and educational programs, the development of intercultural communications, and the creation of new effective partnerships.

Together with partners, including from the university community, the Assembly plans to expand its activities by opening representative offices in the countries of the Arab Gulf, the Pacific region and the African continent.

They also discussed intensifying interaction in the cultural, humanitarian, scientific and educational spheres with associations of foreign graduates of Soviet and Russian universities in member countries of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly.

Since the forum was held at the venues of three leading universities in the Belgorod region, as Yulia Igorevna emphasized, the Assembly expects to expand partnerships with universities in the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

“Everything that we discussed at the forum is primarily addressed to the younger generation, university youth, and without expanding this interaction, without deepening and building truly effective, authoritative partnerships, we will not move forward. Despite the fact that we live in different countries and speak different languages, we are all looking to the future together, we want a safe and sustainable world for all of us, our children, so we must do everything we can to make it so,” - concluded Yulia Petrova.

Prepared using materials from BelSU