On September 27–29, 2021, the Belarus capital Minsk hosted the 34 th meeting of the Council of the International Association of Academies of Sciences (IAAS), the meeting of the Council of Young Scientists of the IAAS, and the international conference «30 Years of the Commonwealth of Independent States: Results and Prospects».
The delegation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) includes RAS Vice President Academician Vladimir Chekhonin, Chairman of the Siberian Branch of the RAS Academician Valentin Parmon, Vice-President of the RAS and Corresponding Member of the RAS V.V.Ivanov, and other scholars.
In his address, RAS Vice President Academician Vladimir Chekhonin proposed a series of scientific events involving our partner members of the IAAS on the following topics: global health, climate change, forming a Eurasian partnership as part of the Greater Eurasia transport and logistics project, peaceful uses of nuclear energy, low-carbon development, humanization of scientific and technological development, research into the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and promotion of collaboration between young scientists from CIS countries. He also invited everyone to take part in the Forum of Young Scientists of the CIS, Baltic States and Georgia to be held on December 9–11, 2021 in Moscow. This will be the first in a series of major events marking the 300 th anniversary in 2024 of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Speaking at the international conference «30 Years of the Commonwealth of Independent States: Results and Prospects», RAS Academician Valentin Parmon said, among other things, that the Union State Fundamental Research Programme was being prepared jointly with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and relevant agencies of the two countries, the roadmaps for scientific and technical cooperation with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova were being developed, and work was under way to address water use issues in Central Asia. For the fourth quarter of 2021, a number of activities are planned together with counterparts in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to focus on the Aral Sea, water use and consumption. A set of documents has been prepared for establishing the Suffa International Radio Astronomy Observatory together with Uzbek scientists. These documents are expected to be signed before the end of this year, during the visit by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Russian Federation. A relevant International Scientific and Technical Programme will be developed as part of the Suffa project.