MINSK, 14 October (BelTA) – A meeting between Chairperson of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Natalya Kochanova and Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matviyenko took place on the sidelines of the Third Eurasian Women's Forum in St Petersburg on 14 October, BelTA has learned.
“I am glad to see you here. Believe me, it is very important for our community as a whole. All the speakers have come, by the way. It is very important for the country. You spoke today to such an audience. It is very important for the media and for the world to hear your unbiased opinion about what is going on and what you think about it,” Valentina Matviyenko said.
Natalya Kochanova thanked Valentina Matviyenko for such a great idea to unite women around the world to solve important problems. “Unfortunately, these problems do not become fewer. Every year we face absolutely new challenges that we must solve. Only together can we really make sure that we are heard,” added Natalya Kochanova.
The Belarusian parliamentary delegation headed by Chairperson of the Council of the Republic Natalya Kochanova is attending the Third Eurasian Women's Forum on 13-14 October. The theme of the forum is “Women: Global Mission in New Realities”.
The forum, which has been held since 2015, has established itself as a status international platform for discussing topical issues of the international agenda and the role of women in its implementation. The event, organized by the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of Russia and the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, gathered in St. Petersburg over 300 heads of legislative and executive authorities, international organizations, the business community, representatives of the scientific community and public organizations from 105 countries.
While maintaining continuity, the Third Eurasian Women's Forum follows the ideas of integration and development of cooperation to strengthen the role of women in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and to form new approaches to global challenges dictated by political, economic, technological, social and environmental changes.
The forum's program includes plenary sessions, strategy sessions, expert and discussion platforms, including with opinion leaders, parity discussions, public-private dialogues and business dialogues, foresight sessions, webinars and business breakfasts. Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in its opening ceremony. Natalya Kochanova spoke at the plenary session “Women's Mission in the Development of Peace and Trust Diplomacy”.