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NGOs International Forum in Moscow


NGOs work out recommendations for G-8 summit. MOSCOW, March 11 (ITAR-TASS) - An international forum of non-government organizations worked out recommendations for the upcoming G-8 summit on the last day of its work on Friday. Ella Pamfilova, the chairwoman for the Council for development of civil society institutions and human rights set up under the president of Russia and coordinator of the "Civil G8-2006" project told a news conference after the "Civil G8-2006" summit that the participants in the roundtable meetings had managed to agree on all the key issues and worked out common recommendations for the G-8 summit slated to be held in St Petersburg this summer. Documents on preventing the spread of infectious diseases will be submitted to the governing bodies of those non-government organizations that will agree with their texts. Recommendations on energy security are to be finalized in a week. The project's curators are claiming the problem is just technical. Forums like the "Civil G8-2006" summit traditionally forerun meetings of the G-8 leaders. It was held in Russia for the first time. It was attended by representatives of 300 organizations from 30 countries - more than 400 people. Ecological organizations and human rights groups sent the biggest number of delegates to the conference. Other participants came FROM `en_en_en_en_the` associations of students, businessmen and invalids. The organizers of the "Civil G8-2006" summit have promised the positions of its delegates will be reflected in the final documents. A representative of the Russian anti-globalization movement - an absolute antipode to the Civil G8 - was given a chance to speak at the forum's plenary session on Friday. Ilya Ponomarev said the Russian anti-globalization movement considered the G-8 institution to be illegitimate. At the same time, he emphasized a dialogue between anti-globalists and the authorities was possible in Russia. Consultations with non-government organizations FROM `en_en_en_en_various` countries are traditionally held in the run-up to G-8 summits. Their main task is to clarify the opinion of civil society on priority issues determined by a country holding the G-8 rotating presidency. A Civil G8 project was launched in Russia late last year in a bid to stimulate broad public involvement in the G-8 process.

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Halter Marek

02.12.06

Halter Marek
Le College de France
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Olivier Giscard dEstaing
COPAM, France
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Mika Ohbayashi
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Bill Pace

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Bill Pace
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Peter I. Hajnal

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Peter I. Hajnal
Toronto University, G8 Research Group