The Council of Heads of states of the CIS signed the Treaty on the Establishment of the International Organization for the Russian Language
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The Council of Heads of states of the Commonwealth of Independent States adopted a number of documents on supporting and promoting the Russian language in the CIS in Bishkek on 13 October. This was reported by the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.
In particular, the summit participants signed the Treaty on the Establishment of the International Organization for the Russian Language. The initiative to create such an organization under the auspices of the CIS was put forward by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
The goals of the International Organization for the Russian Language will be to strengthen relations of friendship, good neighborliness, mutual understanding and mutually beneficial cooperation between countries, including on the issues of maintaining and promoting the Russian language as a language of interstate communication, its use as a means of access to world knowledge bases and data in the field of culture , literature, history, as well as strengthening the status of the Russian language as the official and/or working language of international and regional intergovernmental organizations and structures.
The organization will support quality education in the Russian language, promote the training of teaching and scientific personnel in the areas of “Russian language and literature” and “Russian as a foreign language” and form a personnel reserve of specialists in this field.
Also, its tasks include interaction with educational, cultural, scientific organizations and public associations of countries, assistance in strengthening the material and technical base of the educational process, scientific research and technological developments in the field of the Russian language, assistance in organizing the translation of literary works of classical and modern authors into Russian and from Russian into the languages of the peoples of other countries.
It is planned that the organization will hold international scientific conferences, book exhibitions, dictations in the Russian language, organize the exchange of experience in conducting the examination of textbooks and teaching aids in the academic subjects “Russian language” and “Russian literature”.
The highest body of the organization will be the Ministerial Conference, which will include the heads of relevant ministries and state departments. The permanent working body will be the Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General.
In addition, the Council of Heads of states of the CIS adopted a Statement on the support and promotion of the Russian language as a language of interethnic communication.
The document notes the importance of supporting the Russian language and developing its role as a language of international communication, one of the official languages of the UN and a number of other international organizations, preserving and popularizing the unique linguistic and historical and cultural heritage of the CIS member states, and states the importance of the Russian language in strengthening the common cultural and humanitarian space of the Commonwealth.
The text of the Statement confirms the commitment to the use of the Russian language in mutual contacts and on the platforms of international organizations and forums, and emphasizes the inadmissibility of discrimination based on language.
It is envisaged that the Statement will be distributed to the United Nations and other international organizations.