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Draft convention on space exploration on agenda of CIS Heads of State Council session

Society 22.05.2018 | 19:56
The session in progress. Photo courtesy of the CIS Executive Committee
The session in progress. Photo courtesy of the CIS Executive Committee

MINSK, 22 May (BelTA) – A draft convention on cooperation in exploring and using outer space for peaceful purposes has been suggested for inclusion into the agenda of the session of the CIS Heads of State Council, which will take place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in September, BelTA learned from the CIS Executive Committee press service after the session of the council of plenipotentiary representatives of the CIS member states in CIS charter bodies and other bodies in Minsk on 22 May.

The plenipotentiary representatives discussed proposals concerning the draft agendas of the sessions of the Foreign Ministers Council and the CIS Heads of State Council. The sessions are scheduled to take place in Dushanbe on 27 and 28 September respectively. The Foreign Ministers Council is expected to discuss 12 items on the agenda while the CIS Heads of State Council will discuss 15 items. In particular, the summit's agenda is supposed to include the draft convention on cooperation in exploring and using outer space for peaceful purposes, amendments to the agreement on cooperation in copyright and allied rights, and the decision to declare 2021 the Year of Architecture and Urban Development in the CIS. The CIS heads of state may also discuss the draft action plan on preparing for and celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, the draft agreement on cooperation in fighting information technology crimes, the draft interstate program on joint crime control measures in 2019-2023, and a number of other documents.

The plenipotentiary representatives discussed ways to improve information coverage of the CIS work at length. Results of the monitoring indicate that the intensity of mass media coverage of the Commonwealth of Independent States increased in 2017. The number of information sources is on the rise and the number of publications concerning the Commonwealth of Independent States increased by 16% from 2016. A number of CIS bodies put more efforts into information work. In particular, the CIS Defense Ministers Council set up a committee to coordinate information support for the CIS armed forces. The Border Guard Commanders Council came up with a special system to interact with mass media. The CIS Executive Committee continues making contributions to the coverage of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Concerted work to develop its Internet resources continues.

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