The 2nd stage of the International Forum “Social Diplomacy in Action” was organized with the expert support of the Gorchakov Fund

23 April 2018

The second stage of the International Forum “Social Diplomacy in Action” took place in Moscow.

Roundtable “The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in International Cooperation” was organized at the State Museum of Sport on the first day of the forum with the expert support of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. 

Leaders of youth NGOs from 13 countries of Europe, South Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa, initiators of the forum – member of the State Duma of Russia Dmitry Pirog and Autonomous Non-Profit Organization for Studies and Social Diplomacy “International Center Falcogroup” – took part in the open dialogue.

Sergey Markedonov (representing the Russian International Affairs Council and the Gorchakov Fund), member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation Yelena Istyagina-Yeliseyeva and Director of the National Office of Erasmus in Russia Olga Oleynikova participated as exerts in the roundtable.

Cooperation between international and Russian non-profit organizations in the field of social diplomacy was discussed in detail during the roundtable. Dmitry Pirog told about implementation of the dimension “Social (Sports, Cultural, Digital) Diplomacy” using an example of the regional project targeting development of the civil society among the youth in the Krasnodar region. After the discussion, the participants of the roundtable split into focus groups and engaged into face-to-face discussions.

The second day of the forum in Moscow was not less eventful. Results of the forum were summarized on the premises of the State Duma. The foreign participants shared their impressions about the time spent in Russia. The result of that was readiness to cooperate and implement joint projects.

The first project, planned to be implemented together, is creation of Resource Center “School of a Social Diplomat”. At the beginning stage it will be functioning in the Krasnodar region.

Research fellow of the Section for Political Aspects of European Integration at Primakov IMEMO RAS Fedor Basov and three-time Olympian, member of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia Buvaysar Saytiyev took part in the discussion of the results of the forum. The parliamentarian highly appreciated the idea of founding the School of a Social Diplomat and expressed the intent to support the project.

The forum was organized with the financial support of the Austrian National Agency of Erasmus+ Program. It was reported earlier that the first stage of the forum had been held in Krasnodar. During three days leaders of international youth non-governmental organizations were studying basics of social diplomacy and exchanging the best practices related to implementation of youth initiatives with the representatives of our country.