EstCoR member Valdur Lahtvee, currently working in Sweden, announces news from Russia.

Valdur participated and gave a presentation in Gaidar Forum. The presentation’s main points from Valdur Lahtvee please find HERE.

Valdur Lahtvee, the member of Estonian Club of Rome, addressed Gaidar Forum parallel session Modernization of Russian Energy and New Global Energy Order.

Here is what he announces:

On January 15–17, 2019, the 2019 Gaidar Forum was held at the Presidential Academy – one of the largest political and economic events in Russia, which traditionally brings together leading Russian and foreign experts, politicians, business leaders, political analysts, economists, and representatives of public services and educational institutions. This year it was the 10th jubilee of the Forum.

This year, 1 300 participants discussed various topics under the main theme Russia and the World: National Development Goals and Global Trends. In the Russian media, the Gaidar Forum has gained the unchallenged reputation of “the Russian Davos Forum“.

Yegor Timurovich Gaidar (1956-2009 ) was a prominent Russian economist, politician and statesman, former PM in 1992. He was the architect of the controversial shock therapy reforms administered in Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union

The key event of the recent forum was the plenary session, National Development Goals and Global Trends, attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The Prime Minister’s remarks were largely devoted to humanitarian issues. It was the first time the head of the Russian Government actually spoke about the need for a humanitarian appraisal of economic legislation from the podium of the Gaidar Forum.

The Russian Prime Minister cited a high level of uncertainty in nearly all sectors of society, the speed and scope of digital transformation, sweeping changes in conventional markets and the appearance of new markets as the main challenges affecting the global agenda and Russia’s priorities in the medium term. Presentation can be followed from here:

The Gaidar Forum 2019.

The program of the Forum, themes, participants and more find on its homepage.

Valdur Lahtvee was representing CBSS. Through the Baltic Sea, Estonia is connected to 10 other countries. Commitments that this region has made are known by the The Baltic 2030 Action Plan. The holder of it is CBSS – the Council of the Baltic Sea States is an overall political forum for regional cooperation.

CBSS declares that “Consisting of 11 Member States (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia & Sweden), as well as a representative of the European Union, it supports a global perspective on regional problems.  These include politically and practically translating the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Palermo Protocol and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, into regional actions on the ground”.