A regular General Meeting of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO was held in Moscow. It was opened by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who emphasized that in recent years our country had been "aggressively trying to be squeezed out" from the governing and auxiliary bodies of various international structures. Including the UN Specialized Agency for Education, Science and Culture.
"Any, sometimes the most unscrupulous methods were used, up to financial blackmail of the countries of the Global East and South. In these conditions Russia, despite the support of more than half of UNESCO members, was not re-elected to the Executive Board of the Organization and to a number of other bodies of this structure. But it was not possible to "cancel" Russia in UNESCO. As President Vladimir Putin noted in November, during the St. Petersburg Cultural Forum, we are implementing very serious projects within the framework of the Organization, which arouse wide interest in the world," said Sergey Lavrov.
Among them he named "strengthening the national potential of African states in culture, science, education and media". The Minister told the audience that our country is now "actively working on the implementation of the agreements reached at the second Russia-Africa summit". Among the priority areas is cooperation in the humanitarian sphere.
"An important role in the development of our cooperation with UNESCO, including in the field of the global priority Africa, is played by the International Centre of Competence in Mining Education under the auspices of the Organization. It was established on the basis of the St. Petersburg Mining University. I would like to express special words of gratitude to its Rector Vladimir Litvinenko for his active and proactive contribution to UNESCO's programmatic activities," said Sergey Lavrov.
It should be recalled that in mid-December the International Congress "Africa Seeks Solutions" was held at the St. Petersburg Empress Catherine II Mining University. It was attended by over 100 heads of leading universities, representatives of executive and legislative authorities, as well as big business from more than 40 countries of the continent.
The main event of the forum was the signing of the agreement on the establishment of the Russian-African Consortium of Higher Technical Education Institutions. The new structure will be tasked with developing and coordinating cooperation between the parties in the field of education and science, as well as promoting sustainable development of the extractive and processing sectors.