"European Meridian XXI" Online Discussion: "International cooperation and public diplomacy during pandemic crisis: challenges, practices, trends"
«European Meridian XXI»
“INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
DURING PANDEMIC CRISIS:
CHALLENGES, PRACTICES AND TRENDS”
with support of the Institute of Europe and Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations,
Russian Academy of Sciences
15 JUNE 2020 (Monday)
15:00 – 17:00 (CET)
Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels online webinar platform
The current pandemic crisis unprecedented in modern history has affected all spheres of public life, changing priorities and exposing vulnerabilities primarily in those areas where developed countries have made the biggest progress - healthcare and social protection. Dependence on humanitarian assistance has increased not only for the vulnerable population, first of all the refugees, who have significantly changed the European social landscape in recent decades, but also for the populations considered as protected in countries experiencing the pandemic. The UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP), recent EU documents, etc. tackle the issue of reforming the humanitarian aid system.
However, the global crisis calls for other solutions, which will be impossible to find without a better coordination and interaction between governments and civil societies of countries fighting against COVID-19. It is obvious that if we want to overcome the crisis we would need to tackle all kinds of problems which are not limited to "sanitary" problems. It would be impossible to carry out without strengthening solidarity and cooperation both internationally and within crisis-affected countries, enhancing social responsibility, adjusting public and economic governance mechanisms, digitizing cultural institutions, education and training systems and, finally, combating fake news.
The speakers will be invited to share their analysis of what the social consequences of the pandemic may be and what should be the role of public diplomacy of European countries and Russia in organizing a timely and adapted response to this unprecedented crisis.
PROGRAMME and SPEAKERS
Fyodor LUKYANOV, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine
Alexander TOKOVININ, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Belgium, Russia
Eleonora MITROFANOVA, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Head of the Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo 2017-2020, Russia
Topics for discussion
Alexey GROMYKO, Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Sieglinde GSTÖHL, Director of Studies, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, the College of Europe, Europe
Pavel SHEVTSOV, Acting Head of the Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo, Russia
Caroline GALACTÉROS, Founder and chairwoman of the French Think Tank GEOPRAGMA, France
Marco MARTINIELLO, Director of the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (Liège University - Belgium)
Irina SEMENENKO, Deputy Director, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Henry SARDARYAN, Dean of the School of Governance and Politics at MGIMO-University, Russia
Ivan TIMOFEEV, Director of Programs at the Russian International Affairs Council, Russia
Мarc FRANCO, advisor for cultural diplomacy at Centre for Fine Arts Brussels BOZAR, Senior Associate Fellow of Royal Institute for International Relations – EGMONT, Belgium
Alexey LEBEDEV, Director of ANO “Russian seasons”, Russia
Alessandro MAZZOLA, Sociologist, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (Liège University - Belgium) and Guildhall School (London - UK)
WORKING LANGUAGE: English