The “Civil G8 – 2006” met in Kazan
The representatives of Russian and International NGOs met in Kazan today within the framework of the “Civil G8 – 2006” Project. The discussion was moderated by Ella Pamfilova – Chair of the Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, Chair of the All-Russia Union of Public Associations «Civil Society for the Children of Russia», Chair of the Presidium of the All-Russia Public Movement «Civil Worth».
The “Civil G8 – 2006” is a civil component of the G8 summit, first within the period of Russian presidency at the Group of Eight. The idea of “Civil G8” belongs to the group of Russian NGOs proposed last December to form a platform for NGOs cooperation and their dialogue with G8 leaders. The Russian NGOs considered the idea as a good instrument of the civil society. The main aim is to inform the G8 leaders about the results of the most important consultations and civil expertise conducted by the initiative of the “Civil G8 – 2006:. Ella Pamfilova is the Russian coordinator of this process.
The group of Russian and international NGOs included Tanya Monaghan, National Committee of the World Business Organization, General Secretary (Russia), Vladimir Chuprov, Greenpeace-Russia, Nancy Alexander, the head of civil projects (USA), Nigel Martin, Montreal International Rorum (FIM) Canada, Sarah Kline, Oxfam International GB (United Kingdom), Mona Bricke, German NGO Forum for Environment and Development, Roberto Bissio, NGO “Social Surveillance” (Uruguay), Henri Sinvala Malumo, Civil Society for MDG, General Call for Poverty Reduction (Zambia), Halil Eluardigi, ACT UP (France) and others.
The today meeting in the House of Friendship was also attended by the representatives of the civil, state and religious organizations of Tatarstan: the secretary of the State Council Valentina Lipuzhina, Archbishop of Kazan and Tatarstan Anastasi, Human Rights Commissioner in Tatarstan Rashit Vagizov, head of the Social Chamber of Tatarstan Ilgiz Khairullin, head of the Association of national and cultural organizations Sagit Jaksybaev, members of the Social Chamber of Tatarstan etc.
Ella Pamfilova in her complimentary address said that the main aim of the “Civil G8” is to prepare the civil component for the G8 summit in St Petersburg. “For us it is very important to get acquainted with the interesting experience of developing tolerant atmosphere in your republic, to discuss the issues that the civil community is concerned, to share the experience of civil society development in other states”, - she stressed.
During the meeting Sagit Jaksybaev informed the participants about the activities of the Association of national and cultural organizations of Tatarstan, aimed particularly at keeping national traditions of Tatarstan and the migrants coming to the republic. The representatives of international NGOs asked questions about the conditions of keeping the national traditions, structure and prosperity of Sunday schools, experience of peaceful coexistence of various religions. Archbishop Anastasi stressed that the basis of balanced developing of two main religions in Tatarstan – Islam and Orthodox Church – is the absence of missionary work and proselytism both of Moslems and of Christians.