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MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. Joint efforts are capable of resisting the wish of certain countries to dictate the mode of government to some regions at their own discretion, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told an international conference at Russia’s Civic Chamber in Moscow on Thursday.
"International relations these days are getting ever more complex and multi-component," he said. "The search for the key problems of today should be conducted only through joint efforts, tapping the potential of the state and civil society."
"This is the sole way of curbing the unbridled wish to rule the world and to dictate the mode of government to regions at one’s own discretion," Karasin said.
The senior diplomat said "it is hard to overestimate the role of public diplomacy in fostering trust among peoples and building up equitable cooperation on a fair basis of equality and mutual respect."
"It is nakedly clear that discussions by experts often make it possible to take a wider look at many problems that it is possible within the framework of official contacts," he said.
Karasin recalled that the UN summit, due in New York in a week’s time will approve of a global development agenda for a period after 2015.
"The point at issue is a document containing specific parameters and strategic benchmarks of inter-state cooperation for a period ending in 2030 in the interests of ensuring sustainable development on the basis of a complex, integrated approach to addressing economic, social and ecological tasks," Karasin said.
"Russia has been firmly pressing for the principle of collective efforts in international affairs and advancing a positive agenda extending well into the future, relying on international law, the central coordinating role of the United Nations and respect for the right of peoples to shape their future on their own," he said.
"It is precisely this type of approach that allows for effectively addressing even the most complicated and intricate problems. We will go on providing support for Russian public diplomacy initiatives and maintain proactive cooperation with Russian and foreign non-governmental organizations in the interests of fostering international and regional security and stability, promoting the values of friendship, trust and genuine partnership," Karasin said.
The Brussels-headquartered International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions was established on July 1, 1999. It incorporates economic and social councils consisting of trade unions and civil society institutions.