St. Petersburg will host the 10th Nevsky International Ecological Congress on 25–26 May. The main theme of the Congress is ‘Ecology: A Right, Not a Privilege’.
On the opening day of the Congress, the participants will focus on this global problem during a panel discussion that precedes the plenary session ‘Humans and the Planet: Are They Compatible?’. The discussion will be moderated by Anna Popova, director of the Russian Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare and Russia’s chief state sanitary doctor.
The panel discussion will bring together representatives of the authorities and research institutions, who will try to provide an assessment of people’s lifestyles and the management decisions needed to minimize health risks, discuss biological, chemical, and physical threats to humanity and the environment, and analyse methods for states to build systems to protect the population from epidemics.
Factors such as air, water, and soil pollution, exposure to chemicals, ultraviolet radiation, and climate change contribute to the occurrence of many diseases and injuries. In recent years, the largest epidemic that humanity has faced was COVID-19, whose consequences we still feel today. The Russian Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare continues to monitor the situation surrounding coronavirus.
“Today, the efforts of scientists in various areas of specialization aim to preserve the environment that we are used to and reduce risks associated with the negative impact of external factors on human health. It is crucial to reduce this impact, in part by solving environmental problems. Ultimately, the safety of the planet that we will pass on to our children and all future generations depends on us,” Popova said.
The Congress’s discussion platform will be used to effectively address key issues concerning nature protection and nature management, strengthen interparliamentary cooperation with the aim of harmonizing environmental legislation, and promote the creation of an international environmental safety system.
The Congress is being organized by the Russian government, the Russian Federation Council, the Interparliamentary Assembly of CIS Member Nations, and the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The Roscongress Foundation is in charge of preparing for and managing the event.
The Congress’s Organizing Committee is headed by Speaker of the Russian Federation Council and Chairwoman of the Interparliamentary Assembly of CIS Member Nations Valentina Matviyenko and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko.
The business programme events will be broadcast on the official websites of the Nevsky International Ecological Congress, the Russian Federation Council, the Interparliamentary Assembly of CIS Member Nations, the Roscongress Foundation, the Vmeste-RF TV channel, as well as the social media accounts of the Congress’s organizers.