G8 Sherpas’ meeting with experts and representatives of international NGOs. Press release
May 18 the second meeting of G8 Sherpas with the international NGOs representatives was held within the framework of the “Civil G8 - 2006” Project was held in Moscow. The first meeting with Sherpas within the period of Russian presidency in G8 took place during the International NGOs March Forum “Civil G8 – 2006”. The NGOs from Russia, Canada, Germany, USA, Great Britain, France, Africa and Latin America attended the meeting.
The meeting itself was aimed at continuing the tradition laid during the presidency of Canada and Great Britain in G8. In 2003 and 2005 the international NGOs met the G8 Sherpas in semi-official atmosphere to discuss world development problems most acute for the civil society.
The coordinator of the “Civil G8” National Working Group Ella Pamfilova made a short report reminding the participants the main stages of the counteraction with NGOs within Russian presidency in G8. The NGOs representatives presented the recommendations elaborated within the March Forum to the Sherpas. They focused at the necessity of implementing the obligations declared by the G8 governments before.
Sherpas expressed their opinions on the whole range of G8 issues, answered the NGOs questions. All the participants with no exception participated in the discussion that lasted more than two hours.
The second day the participants visited Kazan, where several meetings with regional NGOs within the framework of ‘Civil G8 – 2006” were planned. The first meeting was aimed at discussing civil society issues with Tatarstan colleagues. The representatives of friendship societies, Orthodox, Muslim and Judaic faiths, several diasporas – Chechen, Tajik, Kazakh, Georgian, Assyrian, other representatives of Russia and CIS nationalities attended the meeting.
The discussion of the civil society issues continued at the office of the Head of Tatarstan State Council R.Mukhametshin. The discussion was satiated with facts illustrating the multicultural and multinational nature of the republic today’s life. The participants have also discussed the ways of solving existing problems and the possibility to continue the discussion during the International Forum “Civil G8 – 2006” which will be held in Moscow in July 3-4, on the eve of the G8 summit.
The Kazan program also included visiting the Kazan Kremlin and Sviazhsk island.
More detailed information about the NGOs meeting with Sherpas will be presented at the press-conference in May, 31, at 11 a.m. at Interfax agency.