MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. Former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev has proposed to create a new forum for the discussion of global issues by representatives of civil society, government agencies and experts, according to an address by the former Soviet leader to the participants in the UNESCO General Conference.
"To facilitate the formation of a global civil society and strengthen its influence on world politics my associates and I propose the establishment of "The World Forum", a non-profit non-governmental organization, launched as an open discussion platform for representatives of a global civil society and representatives of authorities at various levels to jointly seek solutions to global problems of the modern world," says the document posted on the Gorbachev Foundation website on Monday.
Gorbachev invited UNESCO "to participate in the establishment and activities of the non-profit non-governmental organization "The World Forum". Also invited to join in the launch and activities of "The World Forum" are scientists, experts, public figures, art and culture figures, politicians, journalists, businessmen and representatives of NGOs, all active and responsible citizens of different countries and peoples, as well as national governments, intergovernmental and international organizations, and multinational corporations," the release says.
The Gorbachev Foundation is an international non-governmental non-profit organization. Legal entities and individuals from any country may take part in the Foundation’s activities in a voluntary capacity. The Gorbachev Foundation has developed links of close cooperation with leading universities, foundations, international organizations, government bodies and non-governmental organizations in various countries all over the world. The Gorbachev Foundation is one of the first independent think tanks in modern Russia. It conducts research into social, economic and political problems of critical importance at the current stage in Russian and world history. The Foundation seeks to promote democratic values as well as moral and humanist principles in the life of society.