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Global Policy Forum Concludes in Yaroslavl

September 8, 2011

Global Policy Forum:The Modern State in the Age of Social Diversity was held on September 7-8, 2011, in Yaroslavl. The organizers of Global Policy Forum are the Institute for Public Planning, Institute of Contemporary Development and Yaroslavl Demidov State University. President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and President of Turkey Abdullah Gül delivered addresses on September 8, 2011 at the Global Policy Forum.

The Global Policy Forum has gathered by more than 400 participants from 36 countries of the world, including Australia, Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Great Britain, Venezuela, Germany, Egypt, Israel, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Spain, Italy, Canada, China, Latvia, Malaysia, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, USA, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Philippines, Finland, France, Switzerland, South Africa and Japan.

Plenary sessions and sections of the Global Policy Forum have been attended by Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin; Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin; Chairman of Russia's State Duma Boris Gryzlov; Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky; the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov; Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation Valery Zorkin; Human Rights Commissioner of Russia Vladimir Lukin; Collective Security Treaty Organization General Secretary Nikolay Bordyuzha; Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO Dmitry Rogozin; Chairman of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation Vladimir Churov; President of Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergey Katyrin; President of the Republic of Dagestan Magomedsalam Magomedov; Speaker of the Basque Parliament Mrs. Arantza Quiroga (Spain); Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Mr. Li Jinhua (China); former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States Mr. Zbigniew Brzezinski (USA); Director-General of UNESCO Mrs. Irina Bokova (Bulgaria); Deputy Mayor of London Mr. Richard Barnes (Great Britain); Federal Chancellor of Austria in 2000-2007 Mr. Wolfgang Schüessel (Austria); Princeton University Professor of Economics and International Affairs, 2008 Noble Prize Winner in Economics Paul Krugman (USA).

The Global Policy Forum’s work has been covered by 450 representatives of 196 mass media from 25 countries.

A number of briefings and press conferences of Russian and foreign public and political figures, prominent experts in the fields of economics, public administration, global politics and international law as well as books presentations and topical reports have been held within the framework of Global Policy Forum. Experts continued to debate problems raised in the plenary sessions and sections during informal discussion panels after the end of Global Policy Forum on September 8.

Global Policy Forum was held in Yaroslavl for the third time. The Participants of International Conference 'The Modern State and Global Security' held on September 14, 2009 were President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev; Prime Minister of Spain José Luis Zapatero; Prime Minister of France François Fillon took part in the Conference. The participants of Global Policy Forum 'The Modern State: Standards of Democracy and Criteria of Efficiency' held in Yaroslavl, on September 9-10, 2010 were President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev; President of the Republic of Korea Lee Myung-bak; Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi; Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Japan Yukio Hatoyama.

The 2011 Global Policy Forum was focused on the issue of efficient performance of modern democratic states in the age of social diversity. Modern societies are getting ever more complex while their cultural, ethnic, confessional and economic features become increasingly diverse. Traditional social groups and their interrelation are being transformed. New social groups and forms of identity emerge and actively manifest themselves. Discussions participants got together in Yaroslavl to dwell on these and other issues and to jointly outline the ways of solving them.

Three sections worked at the Global Policy Forum “The Modern State in the Age of Social Diversity” on September 7, 2011.

Section 1. Democratic Institutions in Multiethnic Societies

The section was devoted to analyzing the experience of building democratic institutions in multiethnic societies of the modern world. Russia has historically been composed of numerous ethnic communities, civilizations, cultural and religious groups. Russia's experience in building democracy was discussed in the context of other plural societies, including, among others, India, the United States, Brazil, and the European Union. Is cultural and ethnic homogeneity essential for effective democracy? How are policies of diversity combined with democratic standards in countries populated by numerous ethnic groups? How can full representation of small and big ethnic groups be guaranteed in the government of democratic nations? What can ensure sustainable development of modern states in the era when doubts about multiculturalism are growing stronger and stronger? One of the topics discussed at the section was the efficiency of democratic institutions and practices against challenges of illegal migration, ethnic apartness, separatism, and fundamentalism.

Moderators of the section: Vyacheslav Nikonov - Dean of the School of Public Administration, Moscow State University; Alison Smale - Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune (USA)

Section 2. The Rich and the Poor: Where is justice?'

The participants of the section worked on practical guidelines for modern states on economic growth strategies, management of conflicts and crisis: processes directly affecting formation of national as well as global political and economical culture. The aims of the discussion were identification and improvement of key mechanisms in fighting inequality within states and on the global scale.

Moderators of the section: Valery Fadeev - Director of the Institute for Public Planning, Editor-in-chief of Expert magazine, member of the Council of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Civic Chamber Commission for the economic development and support of entrepreneurship; Josef Joffe - Editor-in-chief, Die Zeit (Germany).

Section 3. Global Security and Local Conflicts

The potential emergence of new local conflicts remains high and one of the global security and international agenda priorities is to prevent such conflicts in due time. The settlement of 'frozen conflicts' with far-reaching dangerous consequences is also of great interest.

The objectives in this case are: the search of consensus policy solutions for governments in this area, development of existing mechanisms and creation of new institutions, as and when necessary; the elaboration of efficient ways of cooperation between governments, global and regional institutions; the formulation and agreement on common conflict resolution principles taking into account the peculiarities of every conflict.

These and other complex issues put into the forefront by the task of enhancement of global security require hard work of international experts, new analytical approaches and proposals for governments and international organizations.

Moderators of the section: Igor Yurgens - Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, professor at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics; Ingo Mannteufel - Editor-in-Chief, Russian Service of Deutsche Welle (Germany).