Sochi Declaration, "Shanghai spirit" of cooperation must be distributed in the language of public diplomacy

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Sochi Declaration, "Shanghai spirit" of cooperation must be distributed in the language of public diplomacy 21.04.2016 20:40

On April 20 in Sochi the International Forum “On the second track. The role of civil society and public diplomacy in the further development and expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization” completed its work. The organizer of the event was the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Institute of the CIS countries.

For two days in the congress hall of the hotel “Radisson SAS Lazurnaya” three working sessions of the Forum were held. More than 300 participants from 26 countries of the SCO member states, observer countries at SCO, partner countries in dialogue and states promising for the organization listened more than 120 expert reports on the world order, security and counter-terrorism, economy and entrepreneurship, the environment and conservation of the environment, education and science, the interaction of cultures and religions.

At the final plenary session, the participants adopted a final declaration.

The results of the International Forum, as well as future plans for cooperation of representatives of civil diplomacy announced the executive secretary of the Forum, the head of the Working Group of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation in the Eurasian integration and the development of the SCO, the director of the CIS Institute Konstantin Zatulin.

Konstantin Zatulin: “The Sochi International Forum was devoted to the role of civil society in the development and expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This forum was attended by a record number of countries - 26. It is worth mentioning that there are only 6 full participants of the Shanghai Organization, several countries are partners in the dialogue or have got observer status. Nevertheless, the expansion of the SCO is gaining momentum.

Country representatives have expressed a lot of ideas that can be characterized as interest in joining this association. As a result, we unanimously adopted the Sochi Declaration. In the future, we intend to make the Sochi Forum a permanent public organization of a broad dialogue and to gather here in Sochi, at least every two years and, at most, once a year in order to carry out this kind of discussion. Sochi is ready to accept all, accommodate and entertain.

There is lot of work left. But we have a positive attitude about the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the very positive attitude of the participants was created thanks to staying here in Sochi.

I am very grateful to all the participants of the Forum, who said many good words in the address of Sochi, in the address of the organizers - the Public Chamber, the Institute of CIS countries, our employees. We are very encouraged that our forum was held on a good note”.

Konstantin Zatulin said that all reports, presented in the working sections, as well as the plenary meetings will be presented to the public on the current site of the International Forum - civilshos.ru

The initiative of carrying of the Forum in Sochi on a regular basis has been unanimously supported by all the guests.

Sochi Declaration of the International Forum “On the second track. The role of civil society and public diplomacy in the further development and expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization”

We are representatives of 26 Asian of civil society, Europe and Africa gathered in the hospitable Russian city of Sochi, we declare our support for the development of multilateral cooperation among peoples and states in the ‘heart of the world” - Eurasia. Such cooperation could and should be aimed at peaceful coexistence, economic growth, preservation of traditional cultures and respect for freedom of belief and the practice of religion. In this regard we note, the positive example of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization created 15 years ago, which started the process of expansion last year and we consider it necessary participation of civil societies of the countries concerned in a dialogue in order to ensure the transparency and depth of the integration process, removal of barriers and misunderstandings in the course of its implementation.

The experience of the SCO confirms that the problems related to security in Eurasia are the problems which cannot be solved alone but with the help of a wide international community represented at the Sochi Forum. “Shanghai Spirit” - trust, mutually beneficial cooperation, non-violence, humanitarian and economic cooperation of all peoples and nations - can be and should be distributed in the language of the people’s diplomacy, on which the depth and quality of the relationship is formed.

Welcoming the initiative of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation to summon the International Forum in Sochi, we declare readiness to put efforts in our own countries to explain the goals, objectives and SCO prospects, the development of contacts between the civil societies and the continuation of a fruitful discussion on the future of Eurasia, which started in such a broad international format for the first time at the Sochi Forum. The participants of the International Forum supported the idea of regular meetings between the supporters of the Eurasian integration and development of the SCO in Sochi, referred to as “the Sochi Initiative and announce the Sochi as a permanent public organization of international dialogue.