Launch of the International Public Diplomacy Forum "Dialogue on the Volga: Peace and Mutual Understanding in the 21st Century"

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The VII International Forum of Public Diplomacy "Dialogue on the Volga: Peace and Mutual Understanding in the 21st Century" opened in Volgograd. The forum will be held online from 29 October to 1 November and, according to the organizers, will bring together several thousand participants from over 15 countries. The forum will gather representatives of the government, scientific and social circles, business communities, as well as representatives of Volgograd’s twin cities.

One of the main topics of discussion will be the preservation of peace, cultural heritage and historical memory, as this year marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The International Forum of Public Diplomacy in Volgograd is also timed to coincide with the World Cities Day, which is traditionally celebrated on 31 October.

The representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in Great Britain and Northern Ireland Anton Chesnokov took part in the first day of the forum. During the round table "Residents to Residents" (a meeting of representatives of non-profit organizations), the Russian diplomat spoke about the revival of the twinning movement thanks to the efforts of the residents of Volgograd (Russia) and Coventry (UK), as well as the role of Rossotrudnichestvo in this process. Olga Igumnova-Lawson, a representative of the Coventry Association for International Cooperation, provided a detailed account of the recently held and planned events in the framework of the twinning movement. Lord Mayor of Coventry Ann Lucas, who has been working on the issues associated with the rights of women and children for many years, took part in a round table to discuss the activity of women's communities in Russia and abroad.