Tuesday, May 21

Deputy Secretary General of the CIS D.Trefilov took part in the 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue “Dialogue for Peace and Global Security: Cooperation and Interaction”

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Speech by Deputy Secretary General of the CIS Trefilov D.A.

at the 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue

“Dialogue for peace and global security: cooperation and interaction”

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States, I welcome the participants and guests of the Forum. I express my sincere gratitude to the organizers of the forum for the high level of preparation and holding of events.

It is obvious that the forum makes a significant contribution to consolidating the role of the Baku Process as an important international platform for promoting intercultural cooperation and dialogue. We know and pay tribute to the efforts made by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for the comprehensive development of the Baku process. The high level of participants in the events speaks to the international authority of Azerbaijan and reflects the country’s great achievements in domestic construction. In Baku, we are glad to once again touch the spirit of creation laid down by the outstanding statesman Heydar Aliyev, whose 100th anniversary was widely celebrated in the CIS countries last year.

Being in Azerbaijan, I cannot but mention another important event of this year. 2024 marks the 530th anniversary of the birth of the brilliant Azerbaijani poet and thinker Muhammad Fuzuli. This outstanding master of words, who had a profound influence on the literature of the countries of the Near and Middle East, occupies an exceptional place in the development of Azerbaijani literature. His multifaceted artistic and philosophical heritage, instilling love for man and encouraging him to live by great ideals, is a great spiritual contribution made by the Azerbaijani people to the treasury of universal culture. It is important to mention in this regard that the large-scale holding of the 500th anniversary of Fuzuli at the international level under the auspices of UNESCO is due to the efforts of Heydar Aliyev, who showed special care for the preservation of national cultural values. Muhammad Fuzuli is the pride of Azerbaijani culture.

In the Commonwealth, we pay great attention to the preservation of a single cultural space, realizing that the basis of strong and friendly relations between countries is mutual respect for the culture, national traditions, and languages of our peoples.

The strategic documents of the Commonwealth of Independent States consistently emphasize the importance of preserving a common cultural space. This is one of the main priorities of cooperation between the CIS countries. Our relations are based on mutual respect for the culture, national traditions and languages of other peoples. At the same time, a special role is assigned to intercultural dialogue, which promotes mutual understanding, cohesion and harmony among the peoples of our countries, creates favorable conditions for further sustainable development, and strengthens tolerance in national and religious issues.

The established and constantly developing contractual and legal framework is aimed at cooperation in the field of culture. Such relevant documents include the Concept of Cooperation between the CIS member states in the field of culture and the Concept of the development of education in the field of culture and art, as well as strategic documents on the development of cooperation in the field of education, science, international youth cooperation and other humanitarian areas.

A new impetus to the development of cooperation and intercultural dialogue was given by the Statement of the heads of the CIS member states, adopted in October 2022 in Astana, and the Statement of the heads of government signed last December in Moscow. The main motive of these documents is mutual interest in continuing and intensifying cooperation in the field of culture.

The Council for Cultural Cooperation of the CIS member States and the basic organizations in the fields of cinema, theater, music, museums, cultural heritage and education in the field of culture and art play a key role in the development of relations. This well-established form of interstate cooperation allows for monitoring and exchange of experience, improving the training and advanced training of specialists, and strengthening professional contacts.

Over the past 32 years, the Commonwealth has gone from conducting individual joint projects and events to programmatic interaction.

The implementation of the Interstate Program “Cultural Capitals of the Commonwealth” since 2011 demonstrates high efficiency in cultural dialogue. It is based on such important humanitarian principles as mutual respect for the distinctive cultural traditions of our peoples, mutual attention to historical and cultural heritage and modern culture, open competitive selection of cities and projects that make up the content of the program. This program has already been successfully implemented in 19 CIS cities, which have made a significant contribution to the development of partnerships in the field of culture. This year, one of the oldest cities in the world, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, was awarded the high status of the Cultural Capital.

The practice of declaring thematic humanitarian years contributes to the active development of intercultural dialogue. For example, 2022 was declared the Year of Folk Art and Cultural Heritage. The events that took place during this year contributed to the preservation of folk art traditions and the popularization of the cultural heritage of the Commonwealth countries.

Russian Russian Language 2023 was declared the Year of the Russian Language as the language of interethnic communication, which ended with the signing by the heads of State of the treaty on the establishment of the International Organization for the Russian Language. The Russian language acts as a reliable resource for humanitarian support of integration processes between our states. In turn, cooperation aimed at strengthening the position of the Russian language leads to the preservation of the common scientific, educational, cultural and information spaces of the Commonwealth.

The priority unifying theme of cooperation in 2024 was the support of the volunteer movement. The relevant Plan adopted by the Council of Heads of Government of the CIS contains more than one hundred and forty measures aimed at developing international cooperation to revive the values and traditions of volunteerism.

The year 2025 has been declared in the Commonwealth as the Year of the 80th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War – the Year of Peace and Unity in the Fight against Nazism. We are united by strong economic ties, culture, values, language, and a common victory. The CIS heads of State emphasize the special contribution of each of our people to the historic victory.

The Council of Heads of Government has approved an appropriate Action Plan dedicated to this significant event. It is planned to address the heads of state to the peoples of the Commonwealth and the world community, as well as the establishment of a single jubilee medal.

A number of large-scale humanitarian projects are being implemented within the CIS at the interstate and national levels, including the Forum of Creative and Scientific Intelligentsia, the World Friendship Games and the International Exhibition ART EXPO.

The Forum of United Cultures, which gathered representatives of more than 90 countries in St. Petersburg last year, became a large-scale platform for professional communication, broadcasting of the most important ideas and promising solutions.

At the same time, it is very important for us to involve the younger generation in an intercultural dialogue. The Strategy of International Youth Cooperation of the CIS member states is aimed at this.

In this regard, I would especially like to mention the World Youth Festival, which took place in March this year in Sochi and brought together young people from more than 180 countries, including numerous representatives of the Commonwealth countries.

It is important that cooperation develops dynamically and new projects appear. So, this year Tashkent became the first Youth capital of the CIS. We are confident that this project will help young people get to know the cultural heritage of the cities of the Commonwealth countries better and contribute to the development of our partnerships.

An integral component of humanitarian cooperation is cooperation on the preservation of ethnic and cultural diversity and distinctive traditions, including the support and development of national sports.

A new stage in the development of cooperation in this direction was the holding of the CIS Games, which combined the sporting values and ideals of the Olympic movement, the traditions of the peoples of the Commonwealth countries embodied in national sports, as well as the most popular non-Olympic sports in our countries. The first CIS Games were held in Kazan in 2021, the second Ones were hosted by Belarus last year. The third CIS Games in 2025 are planned in Azerbaijan.

Concluding my speech, I would like to emphasize once again that the Commonwealth of Independent States has created the basic conditions for the development of humanitarian and cultural cooperation and constructive communication between the peoples of our countries.

I am confident that holding this large-scale Forum will make a significant contribution to strengthening international relations, and the result of meaningful discussions will be practical steps to develop and strengthen intercultural dialogue.

I wish you good luck, the implementation of your plans and all the best.

CIS Executive Committee




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