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On May 23, 2017  Andrey Generalov and Olga Generalova-Kutuzova took part in the International Economic Law Conference "Modern Development of International Investment Arbitration" and the round table “Execution of arbitration decisions- French-Russian prospects”. The conference covered issues related to ways of foreign investment protection. Speakers: Maître A. Pinna, De Gaulle Flerens and Partners, Anton Asoskov, Moscow State University, Tatyana Talalayeva, Roben Caballero (French University College of Moscow State University), and others. The conference was held at Moscow State University (Moscow).

On May 17, 2017  CII representatives had participated in the discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations for a period up to 2030. The discussion was held at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, and was attended by Professor of Cambridge University George Vinuales, Professor of the Geneva Graduate Institute Cedric Dupont and Head of the Knowledge Development Branch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Genevieve Feraud, representatives of UN agencies, non-profit organizations and universities. Participants discussed the relevance of the SDGs, popularization of UN decisions and the interaction between the state and civil society. 

From May 15 to May 19, 2017  CII delegation took part in the 19th session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), held in Geneva, Switzerland. The agenda included discussions on technology transfer and WIPO's contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

On April 27, 2017  CII representatives took part in the open conference "National Intellectual Initiative" of the Skolkovo Foundation (Moscow).

On April 21, 2017 CII representatives had participated in the round table "Russia in the WTO - 5 Years: Experience, Challenges, Prospects, and the Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) as a New Instrument of the WTO", held in the Russian Chamber of Commerce.

The Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) entered into force on February 22, 2017. The Director of the Department of Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Mr. Medvedkov said in his report:

1. The economic and legal adaptation of Russia in WTO membership had been almost completed.

2. Russia in its foreign economic activities is criticized for protectionism, which is not always justified.

Problems in connection with WTO membership:

1. Low activity of Russian business in foreign economic field;

2. Lack of qualified personnel specializing in FEA and WTO issues, it is necessary in this regard to improve the system of personnel training;

3. In the implementation of WTO membership in Russia, it is necessary to fulfill the commitments undertaken, and not create new barriers to the foreign trade relations. 

On March 22, 2017  IIC president Andrey Generalov took part in the conference "Interstate exchanges between East and West. Transnational and economic reforms in France and the USSR (1950-1970)." The main speaker was researcher Ms. Isabelle Gouarne (France). The conference was held at Moscow State University (Moscow).

On March 20-22, 2017 IIC representatives had participated in the 11th session of the UNECE Committee on innovations, competitiveness and public-private partnerships. The Committee meeting was held at the UN Palace of Nations in Geneva (Switzerland).

On March 1, 2017  IIC representatives participated in the UNCTAD Ocean Forum: Trade aspects in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 14). The conference was held at the UN  Palace of Nations in Geneva (Switzerland).

On February 28, 2017 IIC representatives took part in a meeting of NGO representatives with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Mr. Francis Gurry. The meeting was held at the WIPO Headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland).

On January 23-24, 2017 IIC representatives took part in the meeting of the 1st International Forum of National Committees for Trade Facilitation under the auspices of UNCTAD. The forum was held in the UN  Palace of Nations in Geneva (Switzerland).

On January 19, 2017  IIC representatives took part in the 25th session of the ECE Committee on Sustainable Energy. The meeting of the Committee was held at the UN  Palace of Nations in Geneva (Switzerland).

On December 13, 2016 IIC representatives had participated in a press conference on the launch of the international art project "Along the Great Silk Road" in TASS, in Moscow.

 The event was organized by the Association for Culture, Tourism and Gastronomy of Italy “Qualitaly”, President - Massimiliano Panero. In this  New International Art Project are taking part artists from Italy, Russia and China.

 Mr. Panero in November 2016 also had presented this project at the Palais des Nations in Geneva during the IIC conference. Andrei Generalov provided a brief speech at the press conference. 

On November 25, 2016  IIC representatives during the OHCHR Forum on National Minorities in the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva had co-organized a side event on the state of health care (especially tuberculosis control, MDR / TB) on minorities in situations of humanitarian crisis In the post-Soviet countries ".

The humanitarian crisis affects human health through the direct violence, destruction of economic and social systems that people use to meet health needs; and the hunger and epidemics that follow such destruction. This situation can be defined as a public health problem and highlights the role of health workers and NGOs in the prevention and mitigation of disruptions, and raises questions about obstacles to achieving these goals.

 

On November 22-23, 2016 CII representative had participated in the meeting of the Forty-fourth session of the Industrial Development Board of UNIDO in Vienna (Austria).

During the meeting the following issues were discussed:

1. UNIDO and the Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030, including implementation of the Lima Declaration.

2. Medium-term Action Program (2016-2019): a basic level for integrated results and performance evaluation.

3. UNIDO policy on the ground and networking.

 

On November 22-24, 2016 The VII International Scientific and Practical Conference "International Cooperation: Innovations as a Tool of Social and Economic Changes" was held in Geneva (Switzerland) at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), UN Palace of Nations, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) , dedicated to the adoption of the UN Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The conference organizers were the International NGO "International Investment Center", Swiss non-profit association "Center International d'Investissement", with the participation of the Russian-Swiss Science Association (RSSA).

The conference was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and other international organizations (Geneva, Switzerland), the NGO Relations Service of the Geneva Office of the Director General of the United Nations, the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), the World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO), as well as the Research Network of Eastern European Universities ERENET and the network of international experts "SoyuzConsult".

The conference was attended by representatives of 10 countries: scientists, researchers and university professors, representatives of research and nongovernmental organizations, representatives of government and business, representatives of the UN, WIPO and CERN.

The welcoming speech to the conference participants and the report were made by: Mr.Malinkin - the second secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and other international organizations, and Mr. Walter Gyger - the former head of the Swiss Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva and former Ambassador of Switzerland to Russia.

On the first day participants of the conference had discussed a wide range of issues of innovative development: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), environmental issues, cluster development mechanisms, as well as innovative projects.

On the second day were discussed issues of interaction between the United Nations and civil society (Sustainable Development Goal #  17) and the, health issues and tuberculosis control (Sustainable Development Goal # 3).

The third day of the conference was held at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and was devoted to WIPO's work, methods of protecting inventions and mechanisms of WIPO's interaction with business and non-profit organizations, as well as training of representatives of business community and NGOs, using the WIPO capabilities. Also during the conference were discussed joint projects.

A conference resolution was adopted following the meeting.

 

On October 26, 2016  IIC representatives took part in the meeting of the Franco-Russian round table "Lyon - the development of your business in the heart of Europe", which was held at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations of Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI)

Representatives of the Metropolitan Lyon spoke about the investment attractiveness of the region and the opportunities for development of Russian companies in the French market.

 

On October 17, 2016 IIC representatives took part in the International Seminar on the Role of Pro Bono in Facilitating Access to the Patent System in  World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Headquarters, Geneva).
The  seminar to mark the global launch of the Inventor Assistance Program (IAP), at which international experts had gathered to discuss how to help under-resourced inventors access the patent system. Speakers was included WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, former USPTO Director Mr. David Kappos, Circuit Judge Jimmy Reyna, as well as directors of participating patent office. 


On 14-15  September 2016
 IIC representatives took part in  Vienna Investment Conference 2016 «QUALITY FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS (FDI), GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT».

The Vienna Investment Conference was organized UNIDO in close partnership with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Germany) and aimed at offering a platform for enhancing public-private dialogue on issues related to quality FDI and its contribution to inclusive and sustainable industrial development. 

From July 17 to July 23, 2016 the IIC delegation had participated in the World Investment Forum - 2016 and the Civil Society Forum, which were held in Nairobi, Kenya, in the framework of UNCTAD 14  - the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The Conference agenda included a large number of plenary sessions and side events for more than 7,000 participants.  At the same time, five major events were held: the Youth Forum, the Global Commodity Forum and the World Leaders Summit.  UNCTAD Awards were delivered to Agencies for attracting investment from India, South Africa and Lesotho for the best achievements in implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Dr. Mukisa Kituyi, attended the Forum. During the investment forum, investment issues were discussed, with special attention to developing countries, as well as negotiations between potential investors and other interested parties. A diverse cultural program was attracting attention throughout the Forum.

On May 18, 2016 IIC representatives took part in the meeting of the Swiss-Russian Forum «Matryoshka Dialogue - Disclosure of the Essence of Things": Global Domestic Policy - Problems and Challenges. Mr. Andreas Gross, a former member of the Council of States of the Federal Assembly (Swiss Parliament) presented a speech, concerning problems of different countries, which are closely connected and intertwined, creating a semblance of global domestic policy. This means that the main problems relate to all, and they can be solved only in cooperation between Russia and the West - that was the main issue of the speech of Mr. Gross. The meeting was held in the building of the Moscow Government.


On April 25, 2016
IIC representative took part in the roundtable on the topic "Correlation of the foreign companies’ rights on intellectual property and the interests of Russian consumers." The event was organized by the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Patent Law Company PATENTUS.


On April 14, 2016
IIC director Olga Generalova-Kutuzova had made a presentation “Ecology-oriented Entrepreneurship in the Russian Federation” within the frames of the workshop on “SMEs and green economy” organized by ORGANIZATION OF THE BLACK SEA ECONOMIC COOPERATION (BSEC) and KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG (KAS) in cooperation with ERENET.

On April 12, 2016 IIC had organized a lecture "Educational Tourism in Great Britain", which was held at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia  in Moscow to discuss issues of academic mobility and tourism development.

 Lecturer - Ms.Johanna Mitchell, expert in international education.

On 7-8 April 2016 IIC representatives took part in the International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development at the WIPO Geneva (Switzerland). Mr. Francis Gurry Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) made the Welcome Address on this event. During the 2 days conference were discussed  the wide range themes.


On 7 April 2016
 IIC representatives took part in the Seminar: Putting the Evidence into Evidence-based Development Policy: What We can Learn from Systematic Reviews about International Development at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. 

The event introduced systematic reviews which summarize the findings from rigorous studies of what works and why. It was shown how being systematic overcomes the bias inherent in other types of analysis. Evidence from systematic reviews can and should be used to inform decisions about which programmes to fund, and how to design those programmes which are funded. Examples were given from a range of development interventions including improved water supply, microfinance, farmer field schools, payment for environmental services and conditional cash transfers.
Professor Howard White, Chief Executive Officer of the Campbell Collaboration was the speaker of the seminar.
Seminar was organized by UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development).


On 6 April 2016
IIC representatives took part in the meeting of the Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD 14 at Palais des Nations, Geneva. Hearing with civil society and the private sector.

The hearing were held in the form of an interactive debate on issues relevant to the theme and sub-themes of UNCTAD 14, which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 17-22, 2016.
The hearing had also provided participating organizations the opportunity to comment on the pre-conference negotiating text.

On March 30 - April 1, 2016 IIC representatives took part in the UNECE PPP Forum, which was held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss issues of public-private partnerships and showcase a number of projects from around the world that are playing a role to increase access to key social services and help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

On March 22, 2016, IIC representative took part in the round table for journalists devoted to the upcoming World TB Day took place at the Central House of Journalists venue. The Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ), the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership and the World Health Organization (WHO) were among organizers.

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (RUJ) opened the meeting. Dr. Mikhail Volik (the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership), Dr. Haik Nikogosyan and Dr. Masoud Dara (WHO), Mr. Vladimir Kasyutin (RUJ) were speakers.

M.Volik highlighted that such round tables became a good and important tradition. The Partnership was successful in several areas of TB control and prevention in Russia, and involvement of professional journalists had significant positive outcomes. In addition, N.Azhgikhina pointed out that there are signs of growing understanding of TB as a public health problem both in media community and in general public. Only joint efforts will help to finally end TB.

Dr. Nikogosyan made a focus on changing a global approach to fight TB and on a possible opportunity for the mankind to end TB as a global health threat in the lifetime of the current generation. Also Dr. Nikogosyan linked TB with other diseases, including non-communicable, and said that the UN Sustainable Development Goals include many issues related to health and prevention of TB, in particular.

Dr. Dara reminded that TB is an air born disease; therefore, everyone is at risk, especially, when immune system is weakened. It is important to fight stigma related to TB, when TB is believed to be a disease of a certain population. People could belong to any social group and still get TB. He also pointed out several directions that could help to end TB: 

- Optimal management of TB drugs

- Provide access to TB treatment to everyone (today only 50% of patients have access)

- Prevent development of drug resistance caused by treatment default, selective use of TB drugs, and weak healthcare systems

The danger of drug resistant TB is that it could spread to other people when they are exposed. It makes the treatment very difficult. So the appropriate treatment should start as soon as possible especially in congregate settings like prisons.

Finally, winners among journalists who published the best publications on the topic of TB and public health in 2015-2016 were awarded.


 On February 27, 2016 Olga Generalova-Kutuzova and Andrei Generalov took part in the international forum "The system of Russian language study maintenance: traditions and innovations" in Geneva (Switzerland). The forum was attended by representatives from 14 countries. Veniamin Kaganov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation had greeted the audience. The keynote address was held by Margarita Rusetskaya, Rector of the Pushkin State Institute of Russian language. During the forum were discussed issues of new possibilities for studying and teaching of Russian language in foreign countries. The forum was held in the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and other international organizations

On 25 February 2016 IIC representatives took part in the Bi-Annual Civil Society Briefing at Geneva Palais des Nations. Mr. Michael Møller,United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Director-General of the United Nations Office who had held the Opening remarks. In his speech Mr. Møller had addressed  results of NGOs activities in 2015, UNOG plans for  2016 and NGOs role in this process. 


On 25-27 January 2016
IIC representatives took part in the Sixty-second executive session of UNCTAD Trade and Development Board in Geneva (Switzerland). Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD made the Opening remarks on this event.

On November 30, 2015 IIC representatives had attended the Suvorov Prize ceremony (Swiss-Russian award in the field of innovation). The Suvorov Prize is awarded to the best Swiss-Russian innovative projects in the field of science, technology, medicine and other innovative industries. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Pierre Helg, Swiss Ambassador to Russia, Mr. Yuri Pilipenko, president of the Swiss-Russian Forum, Mr. Bruno Sauter, Head of the Department of Economics, Labour and Employment of Canton of Zurich, Mrs. Beatrice Lombard -Martin, founder of the Swiss-Russian Forum and others.

Among the three winners was the project in the field of healthcare - development of new anti-TB drug by “NEARMEDIC" company from Russia.


On 18-20 November 2015 IIC delegation had took part in the meeting of 24th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Among other issues were discussed the Committee's activities in 2013-2015 and work plan for the years of 2016-2017. The meeting was held at the Palace of Nations in Geneva (Switzerland).


On 16 -19 November 2015 in Geneva (Switzerland) at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), the United Nations Palace of Nations, Geneva University, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was held VI International Scientific and Practical Conference "International Cooperation: Innovation as a tool for social and economic changes", dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

The conference was organized by the International NGO "Center for Foreign Investment", the Swiss non-profit association «Centre International d'Investissement» and Russian-Swiss Science Association (RSSA).

The event was held with the support of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and other international organizations (Geneva, Switzerland), Business Club of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (BC SCO).

Representatives of 10 countries of the world had attended the conference: scientists, researchers and university professors, representatives of research and non-governmental organizations, government officials and businessmen, representatives from the United Nations, WIPO and CERN.

At the beginning of the conference participants hold a minute of silence in memory of those killed in the crash of October 31,2015 Russian passenger airliner Airbus 321 and the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015.

The conference was opened with the welcome speech and report of Mr. Vladimir Malinkin - Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and other international organizations.

On the first day participants had discussed a wide range of issues concerning innovation development organization in the world. Topics included cluster development, technology transfer and specific innovation projects.

On the second day of the meeting were discussed issues of cooperation between the UN and civil society, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The third day of the conference was devoted to the development of international university research and scientific contacts, as well as the practical application of innovative Swiss Internet software for translation and editing of international instruments, and creation a data center (database) in the area of innovation.

The fourth day of the conference was held in the building of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and was devoted to the work of WIPO, methods of inventions protection and mechanisms of cooperation with WIPO for business and non-profit organizations, as well as training of representatives of the business community and NGOs, taking advantage of WIPO mission.

The conference had adopted a resolution.


On 2-3 November 2015
 IIC President Andrei Generalov  took part in the First International scientific-practical conference "BRICS countries: development strategies and mechanisms for coordination and cooperation in a changing world,"  with the report "Perspectives of cooperation between civil society organizations within the UN system for the sustainable socio-economic innovation and technological development of the BRICS countries. " The initiators of the conference had been Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INION RAS ), Russian Chamber of Commerce, Moscow State University, Diplomatic Academy, and others. The conference was held in the building of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow).


On October 20, 2015
IIC President Andrei Generalov and IIC Director Olga Generalova-Kutuzova took part in the round table "Export of high-tech products. Support tools and their implementation by Russian companies", organized by the Subcommittee on export of the Committee for the Support of Foreign Economic Activities of the Russian Chamber of Commerce.

On 7-10 October,
2015 IIC president Andrei Generalov and  IIC director Olga Generalova-Kutuzova took part in the workshop “SME Clustering: How to find the Right Business Partners/Improving the Business Environment for SMEs”, organized by the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in cooperation with PRAXI Network/FORTH. Andrei Generalov had presented the report: “SME Clustering: How to find the Right Business Partners/Improving the Business Environment for SMEs in Russia”. Olga Generalova-Kutuzova had been the moderator of the workshop section. The event was held in Greece. 

On 3-4 September, 2015 IIC representatives took part in the Ninth session of Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which was held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Switzerland) and focused on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships and their essential role in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

On June 30, 2015 IIC President Andrei Generalov took part in the joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Trade Promotion of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Committee for International Cooperation and Integration of the Eurasian Business Council.

On June 29, 2015 IIC director Olga Generalova-Kutuzova took part in the Moscow Annual Business Partnership Matchmaking Forum "Russia-CIS-Business World: Cooperation without Frontiers", which was organized by the Moscow Entrepreneurs Association. 

On 25-26 June, 2015
IIC President   Andrei Generalov took part in the seminar for attorneys and lawyers on the topic: "How to protect your rights in Strasbourg? From formulating of a violation to filling up an application form."  The seminar was organized by the Institute of Law and Public Policy (Moscow). 


On May 28, 2015
in the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva  (Switzerland) IIC representatives took part in the presentation of the OHCHR Report 2014. Presentation was made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who presented the results achieved in the framework of the six thematic priorities as set out in the OHCHR Management Plan for 2014-2017. 



 On 27-28 May, 2015
IIC representatives took part in the Open-ended Consultation of the Committee on Sustainable Energy, the UNECE, which was held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and focused on solving specific problems.

Ensuring sufficient, reliable and environmentally responsible supplies of energy for sustainable development is a key challenge for the countries of the UNECE region. The region produces 40 % of the world's energy while consuming 45%, is home to important energy industries, produces nearly 50% of global economic output, and is dominant in the world's financial infrastructure. Fossil fuels comprise 60% of primary fuel, making in the UNECE region one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, accounting for about half of global emissions. There is no plausible scenario in which that share drops below 50% by 2050. The region nevertheless is striving to manifest itself as a leader in efforts to improve the environment while delivering on quality of life imperatives. 

 
On 27 May, 2015 IIC representatives took part in the "Library Talks" : Book Launch: Foreign Investment in the Energy Sector: Balancing Private and Public Interests, which was held at the Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva, (Switzerland).


Foreign investments in the energy sector raise formidable legal questions, often requiring a delicate balance between the private and public interests of the various stakeholders. They are also crucial from the standpoint of international stability and security as well as for economic development, which often depends on the production or consumption of energy products. Furthermore, the economic activities carried out by multinational companies in the energy sector may have huge implications and often negative consequences on other spheres such as compliance with safety and labor standards, protection of the environment, respect of indigenous peoples rights, and protection of public health. The panel discussion will present the findings of the publication “Foreign Investment in the Energy Sector” and highlight environmental and legal aspects. the Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Sources: UN Library and own inf.

 

 

On May 22, 2015  IIC President Andrei Generalov took part in the 1st  All-Russian Congress of "The Right to Medicines", which was held in Moscow. 

 The organizers of the congress were All-Russian non-government organization "League of Patients Defenders”  and National Association of Organizations for Patients with Orphan Diseases "Genetics".

At  the Congress government representatives, medical and patient communities discussed issues of patient drug security of Russian citizens, its problems and solutions.
The discussion showed that the patient community and the Government have  different views on the problem of providing medicines for the population, but representatives of the government told they are ready for a dialogue with civil society and the expert community in the search for the optimal solution for the problem of providing drugs to the population.

On April 29, 2015
IIC President Andrei Generalov, BC SCO representative in Switzerland, took part in the conference of the International Forum "High Technologies of the XXI century. Innovations in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Area". The conference was devoted to the issues of economic cooperation in the SCO region, cooperation and opportunities for project financing.  

It was attended by representatives of government and business circles of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The conference was organized by the Russian National Part of the SCO Business Council, Secretariat of the SCO Business Council, Russian Foundation for Development of New Technologies, and SCO Business Club. The conference was held in the building of Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Bashkortostan under the President of the Russian Federation in Moscow.


 
On 15 - 18 April, 2015
 IIC director Olga Generalova-Kutuzova took part in the Workshop on “SMEs and Small Farms in Agribusiness” in Chisinau, Moldova. This event was organized by the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC),Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and ERENET University Network. Best practices and exchange of experiences concerning SMEs and small farms development in the BSEC member states: Albania-Armenia-Azerbaijan-Bulgaria-Georgia-Greece-Moldova-Romania-Russia-Serbia-Turkey-Ukraine. Olga Generalova-Kutuzova presented the report on «Agribusiness and  Small Farms in the Russian Federation.National Overview».


On 25 - 27 March,  2015
IIC representatives took  part  in the Expert Meeting on Cyberlaws and Regulations for Enhancing E-commerce, Including Case Studies and Lessons Learned, which held in the Palais des Nations  (Geneva, Switzerland)

Online transactions are of growing importance to Governments, enterprises and consumers in most parts of the world.

While greater reliance on electronic commerce (e-commerce) creates significant opportunities, a lack of security and trust remains a critical barrier to such transactions.   Online fraud and data breaches are growing concerns for both consumers and enterprises, requiring adequate legal and regulatory responses at national and international levels.

Developing countries lag behind in the development of relevant cyberlaws and cross-border e-commerce is hampered by variations between existing laws and regulations in different countries.

During the meeting also were observed  the problems of cybercrime and counteraction  measures.

This Expert Meeting has served as a platform that enables countries to review their legal frameworks, share experiences and learn from each other.

On March 24, 2015 Diplomatic Club of Geneva (Switzerland) on the occasion of World TB Day had held a unique event at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), devoted to the joint efforts of public and private organizations to eradicate tuberculosis. IIC representatives took part in this event.

On March 20, 2015
IIC President Andrei Generalov took part in the Medical Congress in support of the Russian presidential program "Health of the Nation." The event was organized by Moscow Medical Chamber and  was held at the City Administration of Moscow. 

 
On February 23, 2015
in Zurich (Switzerland), IIC representatives had participated in the event of Russian-Swiss Forum, devoted  to the presentation of Thomas Fasbender's book  «Liberty Instead of Democracy» (Freiheit statt Demokratie).


On February 19, 2015
at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Switzerland) International NGO "International Investment Center " (IIC) in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as well as the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership within the framework of the Social Forum held a side event, on "Tools to Enable  Access to Medicines in Russia."

Dr. Alexey Novozhilov, representative of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the Office of the  United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva had opened the event with the welcoming speech. He had stressed the increasing role of Russia in cooperation with international organizations on health issues, including assistance to developing countries.

IIC President Mr. Andrei Generalov had presented the report about the status of access to medicines in Russia and the measures taken by the Government of the Russian Federation to improve the situation.

Dr. Evan Lee, Vice-President of  the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, had presented a report about the role of the Partnership to address major global health issue.

Head of Regional Representative Office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Russia, Dr. Davron Muhamadiev and Senior Advisor of Health Department IFRC (Geneva) Mr. Lasha Goguadze made presentations about  the role of IFRC in addressing health services  for population: TB services for groups at risk  and  had informed about the a large study on the issue of migrants in Russia, had conducted duration last year.

Project Manager of  the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership in Russia, Mr. Mikhail Volik  spoke about  the TB and drug resistance: searching the partnership solution.

Director of the IIC  Ms. Olga Generalova-Kutuzova  made a presentation about best practices from civil society: www.tbrussia.info and anti-tobacco campaign in Russia.

In conclusion of the event speakers had answered questions from the audience.

Source: own information


On February 11, 2015
IIC President Andrei Generalov had participated in a round table «Civil society activities in support of the rights of migrants». The meeting was organized by the Russian Red Cross in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, with the support of the Public Chamber of Moscow. During the meeting, the IFRC and the Russian Red Cross also had reported about the research on tuberculosis and HIV infection among migrants.


From 22 to 25 January 2015
the IIC delegation had visited Syktyvkar State University (Syktyvkar, Komi Republic, Russia), where members of the delegation held a series of meetings and discussions, and conducted lectures on the theme: "Russia's membership in the WTO: problems and ways to improve trade relations", "Good corporate governance as a factor of investment attractiveness of Russian business for foreign investors", "The impact of national culture on the management system of the modern organization (on example of Switzerland)" for the students of the Presidential Program Management Training.

On January 19, 2015 IIC President Andrei Generalov has participated in the presentation of the UN report "World Economic Situation and Prospects", which was held in the main conference hall of the UN House in Moscow.

According to the established tradition, in the middle of January the UN publishes its report "World Economic Situation and Prospects"(WESP). This respectful publication is considered to be a valuable analysis and data source for researchers, economists and journalists.

The report examines the key issues of the global economy, the factors of macroeconomic instability, as well as the impact of geopolitical tensions in the state of economy. Expressing the hope that the situation in the global economy will be improved, authors of the document at the same time fear that greater uncertainty and risks could undermine economic growth.

Official presentation of the report was held on 19 January in New York, with regional "Run" held in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Delhi, Geneva, Johannesburg, Mexico City and Moscow.

Report was presented by A.Apokin and D. Belousov, the experts of the Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-range Forecasting.



On December 16, 2014
International Investment Center in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Educational Development (FIED), had conducted in Moscow the round table on "Implementation of innovative methods of work with children and adolescents, aimed at preventing social diseases and development of value orientations on a healthy lifestyle." The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and create recommendations for the implementation of innovative methods of work with children and youth  to develop value orientations on healthy lifestyle and the prevention of social diseases such as drug addiction, HIV, tuberculosis and others.

The roundtable was attended by representatives of IIC, FIED, teachers of Moscow schools, representatives of the Regional Office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Russia, Department Director of the Russian Red Cross, representative of the  Lilly MDR-TB Partnership projects in Russia. 


December 9, 2014
IIC representatives took part in the UNCTAD Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Enhancing the Enabling Economic Environment at All Levels Support of Inclusive and Sustainable Development (Second Session) «Towards an enabling multilateral trading system for inclusive and sustainable development», which held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. 
 

On December 8, 2014 IIC representatives had participated  in the ceremony of Swiss-Russian Innovation Award - the Suvorov Prize, which was granted for the 4th time for best Swiss-Russian Innovation projects. This year three projects have been awarded at Ararat Park Hyatt in Moscow.

 

November 25, 2014 IIC representative took part in the Forty-Second session Industrial Development Board  of UNIDO, which held in Vienna, Austria. 


On 17-24 November 2014 International Investment Center has held its 5th International Conference "International Cooperation: Innovation as a Tool for Social and Economic Changes." The conference was attended by over 60 people from 14 countries. The conference program of this year has been particularly intense. On 17-18 November plenary sessions were held at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The representative of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and other international organizations had welcomed the conference participants. On  November 19th representatives of the Russian delegation took part in the International Innovation Forum «EUREKA» in Basel, where in the B2B format were conducted  more than 10 meetings with representatives of universities and innovation funds from Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland and other countries. On November 20th participants had visited the Palace of Nations in Geneva,  where they held a roundtable discussion on "UN Efforts in protection of intellectual property rights and technology transfer." A presentation on this subject was made by the representative of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). On November 21st participants had visited the «Piaget» watch factory, where they got acquainted with innovative methods of production in the watch industry. On the same day was held a plenary session of the conference in a private castle in the vicinity of Geneva. On November 24th participants had took part in a round table in the International Trade Center ,devoted to "International Trade Centre as a United Nations agency  and its aid in the business internationalization of for small and medium-sized businesses." The conference was attended by representatives of Russian universities, as well as youth delegation, including young scientists and students. 

November 11, 2014. IIC President Andrei Generalov took part  in the regional conference "Cluster development as an instrument of innovation policy", where he presented a report "International experience of investment in innovative and production processes of the clusters development." The conference was held in Rostov-on-Don (Russia).

October 17, 2014. IIC representatives took part in the UNOG Library Talks: Sustainable Buildings and Energy: the Post-2015 Agenda which was held at the Palace of Nations, the UN office  in Geneva (Switzerland).

From 13 to 16 October 2014  IIC representatives participated in the World Investment Forum 2014, which was held at the Palace of Nations, the UN office  in Geneva (Switzerland).

The Forum was very intense (more than 30 plenary and side events) with more than 3,000 participants. The awarding of prizes to the winners of UNCTAD competition for the best achievements in the implementation of foreign direct investment for sustainable development, as well as Empretec Prize for women entrepreneurs from 36 developing countries.  

During the Forum were held hundreds of negotiations between potential investors and recipients. It is worth mentioning a clear and coordinated work of UNCTAD staff for organizing this high-level event, including a variety of daily cultural program throughout the Forum. The next World Investment Forum will be held in Peru in 2016.


October 1, 2014.
IIC President Andrei Generalov took part in the International Congress "Innovative practices: science plus business."  The Congress was organized by the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov in partnership  with State Corporation "Rosatom" .


September 
11-12 , 2014. IIC representatives took part in the 4th Swiss-Russian Medical Forum, which was held in the School  of Journalism of Moscow State University. The event was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Russian-Swiss diplomatic relations.  Forum had started with a panel discussion of experts: Technology transfer   in the healthcare field - from science and innovation to the market and patient, round tables on topics: medical education and training in Switzerland and Russia; Strengthening public healthcare in the public and media agenda (incl. disease prevention issues). 

The conference was attended by the Ambassador of Switzerland in Russia, Dr.  Pierre Helg, representatives of government, business, NGOs, science and education of Switzerland and Russia.



Prof.Dr.med.Regine Landmann and Olga Generalova-Kutuzova


 

In 2014, International NGO "International Investment Center" in cooperation with the NGO "MIR" (Youth and Development) held a children's art competition on "Children of different nations, we are dreaming about the peace!"
Works of the winners were sent to the international art contest “Drawing Peace 2014”, hosted by the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, George Madison University (USA). Works of students Stepan Borodin and Elizaveta Belikhad von second prizes, and the artwork of Yegor Gusev won the first prize! Congratulations to the winners and their teacher, Natalia Goushchina (school №3, city of Chekhov, Moscow region).

July 17, 2014.  IIC President Andrei Generalov made ​​a presentation about the Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT) and practice of commercialization of intellectual property in the United States at the seminar: "Practice for businessmen: How to manage intellectual property successfully?"  Event Organizer is Moscow Centre for Youth and Entrepreneurial Initiatives "Pokolenie2025" (Generation2025).


From June 14 to July 4, 2014  IIC President Andrei Generalov took  part  in the U.S. Department of Commerce Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT)  entitled " Intellectual Property Rights: Technology Commercialization". The internship was attended by representatives from 9 countries of the CIS.

During the program participants visited three cities: Washington, DC, St. Louis (Missouri) and Minneapolis (Minnesota), where they had met with government officials, representatives of academia and business circles dealing with the technology transfer, innovation support and legal regulation processes. The trip was eventful, productive and helped establish business relations for technology commercialization not only with American colleagues, but also with members of the delegation from the CIS. Thanks a lot to the internship organizers for the fruitful opportunity!


On June 27, 2014  IIC director Olga Generalova-Kutuzova took part in the meeting of the Committee for  the Promotion of the  Foreign Economic Activities of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The discussion theme was "National Export Strategy for Russia: Conceptual Approaches and Suggestions for the Participants of Foreign Economic Activities."

The event was held to discuss the approaches of public authorities, on the one hand, and organizations-participants of foreign economic activities, on the other hand, in the establishing of the draft of National Export Strategy of the Russian Federation.

24-25 June, 2014. IIC representatives had participated in the Annual Moscow Forum of Business Partners "Russia-Europe: Cooperation without Borders " and roundtable: "The EU's Experience in Assistance for Small and Medium Size Business to be Dynamic, Sustainable and Innovative."


June 24, 2014 IIC Director Olga Generalova-Kutuzova took part in the presentation of the World Investment Report 2014, which took place in the Chimney Hall of UN House in Moscow. 

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has just completed the annual 24th "World Investment Report» (The World Investment Report 2014) - a reputable publication that consistently provides valuable informative and analytical documents to professional economists, researchers and journalists around the world. The subjects of study are foreign direct investments: trends in their dynamics, geography, etc. 

Alongside with Geneva (Switzerland) - a city where the headquarters of UNCTAD are situated, the presentation of   "World Investment Report" was held in several major capitals of the world.  In Moscow, by UNCTAD request, the presentation was organized by the UN Information Centre.


June 18, 2014.  IIC Director Olga Generalova-Kutuzova took part in the round table of Russian NGOs involved in international activities. During the meeting were discussed issues of public diplomacy development and "soft power" of Russia, coordination of international activities of Russian NGOs and Russian foreign policy concept. The event was organized by the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. After the session Olga Generalova-Kutuzova gave an interview to the press-service of the Public Chamber.


On June 11, 2014
 IIC representatives had participated in the Round Table, discussing the prospects of bilateral relations between Russia and the EU. The event was organized by the Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation (Moscow).

On May 31, 2014 in Budapest (Hungary) was signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between IIC and ERENET (Entrepreneurship Research and Education Network of Central and Eastern European Universities), aimed on the implementation of joint projects in the field of scientific research and exchange programs.

30 May, 2014
IIC President Andrei Generalov took part in the 12th International Conference on Management, Enterprise and Benchmarking in Budapest (Hungary).

12-16 May, 2014 IIC delegation took part in the 17th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, UN ECOSOC. During the meeting were considered such issues, as Science, Technology and Innovation for Development Agenda after 2015, Information and Communication Technology for Inclusive Socio-Economic Development. Meeting of the Commission was held in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, UN.

On April 28, 2014 IIC President Andrei Generalov made  the presentation "Philosophy of Volunteerism as an Effective Mechanism for Social Self-Realization and Participation in a Harmonious Society Building " at the All-Russian scientific-practical conference "Children and Youth Socially Significant Initiatives: Alliance of Science and Practice." The event was organized by the Federal Institute for Educational Development (Moscow).

On April 23, 2014  IIC President Andrei Generalov made the presentation "The Role of International Organizations in Dispute  Resolutions and  Intellectual Property Protection”  at the international conference on "Modern Issues of  the Intellectual Property in the  Terms of WTO and Customs Union." The event was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and International partner network of  law firms "CUSTOMS & CORPORATE LAWYERS". The Conference was held at the Russian Chamber of Commerce in Moscow.

April 17, 2014. IIC President Andrei Generalov had participated in the round table discussion, entitled "The Reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the CIS." The event was organized by the Yegor Gaidar Foundation (Moscow).

On April 4, 2014, IIC representatives took part in the Second Geneva Dialogue on Sustainable Development after 2015: The Road from Bali. The Forum was held under the chairmanship of the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi. A welcoming speech was provided by the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Mr.Roberto Azevedo. The meeting was held in the hall XXVI of the UN Palace of Nations (Geneva, Switzerland).

March 26, 2014. Congratulations! United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has assigned IIC with observer status! The status will expand the field of cooperation with UNCTAD, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.


March 24, 2014. IIC representatives had participated in the "round table" meeting, devoted to "Tuberculosis and Drug Resistance: Searching the Solutions through Partnership", which was timed to coincide with World TB Day. Presentations were made by: Ms. Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Secretary of the Union of Journalists of Russia, Mr. Luigi Migliorini, Special Representative of WHO in Russia, Ms. Irina Vasilyeva, chief of TB cure service of RF MoH, Mr. Mikhail Volik, Lilly Partnership Project Manager, Mr. Davron Mukhamadiev, Head of the Russian office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Speakers expressed their concern about the spread of tuberculosis in Russia. After the discussion was held award ceremony for Journalists - winners of the All-Russian Competition for publications, devoted to tuberculosis problem. The meeting was held at the Central House of Journalists in Moscow.


 5 - 6 February, 2013. IIC representatives took part in the meeting of the 5th session of the UNECE Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnership (TOS-PPP)  of the Economic Cooperation and Integration Division of UNECE, Palais des Nations, Geneva (Switzerland)

 

7-8 February, 2013.  IIC representatives took part in the first meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information under the auspices of the Aarhus Convention, IIC Director Olga Generalova-Kutuzovа gave a presentation on the activities of the environmental movement in Russia, including the Yaroslavl region, as well as the development and use an interactive e-map of the territory contamination by illegal landfills. Palais des Nations, Salle VIII, Geneva (Switzerland).

 02 July, 2010. A row of educational seminars in the framework of UNDP project ‘Sustainable Integration and Recovery in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania’.

28 June - 2 July, 2010 in the framework of UNDP project ‘Sustainable Integration and Recovery in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania’ the educational seminar on ‘Financial Management’, ‘Finance for Managers’ and ‘Dress code and business etiquette for officials’  was held by the International Non -Governmental Organization ‘International Investment Center’. 
The training covers such issues as roles and tasks of the Finance Officer and Finance Manager, information support to financial management, management accounting, business planning and budgeting, establishment of investment portfolio and methods for assessing the effectiveness of investments, and etc. Business games, video trainings and video conferences are organized for the participants as well. 
The staff of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Relations, Ministry of Finance, Small Entrepreneurship Support Committee, Local Municipalities of Prigorodny, Ardonsky, Kirovsky and Inrafsky Districts of North Osssetia-Alania, Business and Marketing Centers and Credit Consumers’ Cooperative ‘Express Credit’ take part in the seminar. At the end of the seminar, participants was awarded certificates.

<> June 10-11, 2010 in Moscow by representatives of IIC Olga Kutuzova, Andrey Generalov took part in the seminar "Enhancing the performance of Russian non-governmental organizations in promoting international development", held at the Higher School of Economics. The seminar was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN Development Programme, as well as representatives of NGOs in consultative status with the UN.

<> June 7-8, 2010 in Moscow by representatives of IIC Olga Kutuzova, Andrey Generalov took part in the Second All-Russian festival of social programs "Assistance", held in the Public Chamber of Russia. 

<> Ftom May 31 to June 4, 2010 IIC delegation consisting of Andrey 
Generalov  and Olga Kutuzova, as well as the head of the Center of the Permian volunteering Vector Friendship Olga Zubkova attended the session of the UN Council on Human Rights, held at the Palace of Nations Geneva (Switzerland), as well as the meeting of the President of the Council on Human Rights with the representatives of nonprofit organizations.


<> April 28, 2010 in Moscow by representatives of IIC Olga Kutuzova, Andrey Generalov took part in the ceremony of awarding the winners of the Fifth All-Russian competition in the field of volunteerism for the year 2009, which was held in the Ministry of Economic Development.

<> March 25, 2010 IIC representatives Andrey Generalov and Olga Kutuzova took part in the workshop of the Group of Specialists on Policy Innovation and Competitiveness of the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Integration UNECE "Promoting Innovation in Services", held at the Palais des Nations Geneva.

 

<>  March 25, 2010 Andrey  Generalov and Olga Kutuzova took part in seminar "Promoting Innovation in the Services Sector" (Geneva, Palais des Nations).

<> IIC Delegation: Olga Kutuzova, Elena Zhukova, Andrey Generalov and Michail Zhukov took part in 13th session Human Rights Council of UN from 16 untill 26 March 2010 in Geneva (Palais des Nation).

<> December 8, 2010 IIC President Andrew  Generalov and Olga Generalova-Kutuzova took an active part in the International Festival of Volunteering "Impulse Prikam'ya", held in Perm and attracted more than 500 young volunteers and the Perm region of Russia.

<> October 15, 2009 in Athens (Greece), the First UN Forum on Partnerships the Black Sea region for management services and Business Consulting.
In this forum, attended by consulting firms from Russia, are interested to find partners and expand the market for its services in the Black Sea countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine). The forum was well attended by representatives IIC Olga Kononenko, Olga Kutuzova and Andrey Generalov. The outcome of the forum were to reach agreement on joint activity with a number of consulting companies from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey, Greece.


<> 14/09/2009 President of International Investment Center Andrey Generalov and   IIC Director Olga Kutuzova took part in the Meeting on Promoting Capacity-Building in PPPs “PPP CENTER: BRIDGING THE GAP IN PPP KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS” , organized by PPP Forum in cooperation with the UNECE Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships. 

   >> The President of International Investment Center Andrey Generalov and IIC Director Olga Kutuzova took part in the Durban Review Conference from 20 to 24 April 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Conference evaluated progress towards the goals set by the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.
The Review Conference served as a catalyst to fulfilling the promises of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action agreed at the 2001 World Conference through reinvigorated actions, initiatives and practical solutions.

>> 27.04.2009 IIC President Andrey Generalov and IIC Director Olga Kutuzova took part in the meeting with President of Rotary International, Mr. Dong Kurn LEE  during his shorttime visit in Russia. 

 


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