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4 May 2020

CIS Ministerial Council to hold video-conference meeting on 12 May

CIS Ministerial Council to hold video-conference meeting on 12 May
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MINSK, 4 May (BelTA) - The next meeting of the CIS Ministerial Council will be held on 12 May by video-conference, BelTA learned from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.

The CIS ministers will exchange views on topical issues on the international agenda, discuss a wide range of issues on further development and deepening cooperation in key areas.

The ministers are set to review the progress in the implementation of the CIS multi-level ministerial consultations plan for 2019 and approve a similar plan for 2020. The draft document traditionally includes topics related to the coordination of positions of the CIS member states in the UN, interaction with other international organizations, information sector, countering new challenges and threats, disarmament,  foreign policy planning and armaments control. It is proposed to hold consultations on North American and Latin American issues, alignment of integration processes in the CIS and the EAEU, cooperation in  environmental diplomacy, as well as in the IAEA and UNESCO.

Much of the documents included in the draft agenda of the CIS ministerial Council meeting relate to humanitarian cooperation. For example, the ministers will review the draft Strategy for International Youth Cooperation for 2021-2030. The document will allow consolidating the efforts of state authorities, youth public and other organizations involved in the implementation of state youth policy, CIS industry cooperation bodies in the effort to create favorable conditions for international youth cooperation.

The CIS foreign ministers will also discuss the draft agreement on the establishment and operation of the CIS Network University. In line with the document, it will be a network of educational institutions brought together to implement joint educational programs using resources of their partner organizations.

Moreover, the meeting of the CIS Ministerial Council will deal with the draft strategy for the development of cooperation in tourism for 2021-2030. The strategy is meant to facilitate the consolidation of CIS government authorities, national travel companies, and other entities of the tourism industry. The draft strategy for the development of cooperation in physical culture and sport for 2021-2030, which is also on the agenda, is aimed at strengthening interaction and enhancing partner relations between national physical culture and sport organizations in the CIS.

The CIS member states intend to advance cooperation in culture. In view of this, the CIS Ministerial Council will also consider the draft program of the main events of cooperation in culture for 2021-2025.

The next block of matters will include the draft agreement on cooperation in fighting corruption that is meant to improve effectiveness of national efforts and cooperation in this field. Apart from this, the CIS foreign ministers will also discuss documents on cooperation in humanitarian demining and resolving crises on the external borders of the CIS and the establishment of a common communication network of armed forces of the CIS member states. Russia suggested adding to the agenda a joint statement of the CIS foreign ministers on strengthening the role of international law.

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