U.S. - Russia Summit Facilitates Dialogue on Civil Society and Encourages Continued Collaboration

Jun 23, 2010, 15:04 ET from C2C Summit

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Running parallel to the White House visit of Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev and his meeting with President Barack Obama, the second U.S. Russia Civil Society to Civil Society (C2C) Summit will take place on June 23-24, 2010. The C2C Summit will address the role of peer-to-peer collaboration between the U.S. and Russian civil society organizations.

"The Summit co-chairs and I believe a policy-focused, peer-to-peer dialogue allows us to find new ways to address challenges and create opportunities in various sectors of Russian and American societies. It is a pleasure to welcome all the participants to Washington for this year's Summit," said Paige Alexander, Vice President of IREX and convener of the C2C Summit.

For two days, working groups composed of leading Russian and American thought leaders will share ideas on common challenges and best practices on issues ranging from Public Health and Transparency in Government to Human Rights and Community Development. These sessions will facilitate dialogue and help to develop a "road map" for future collaboration.

As part of the Summit, C2C will host an Innovation Marketplace on June 24 at the Renaissance Marriott that will provide Summit participants an opportunity to explore how technology can spur innovative approaches to the challenges faced by civil society groups. The Marketplace will bring together ten different organizations from the U.S. and Russia to share novel and innovative technology tools used domestically and abroad to serve the public and advance societal change. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to tour the Innovation Marketplace and make remarks.

The C2C Summit is designed to complement the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission announced in July 2009 by Presidents Obama and Medvedev as a way to improve communication and cooperation between the governments of Russia and the U.S. The Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC) and its sixteen working groups, including one on Civil Society, serve as a platform for government-to-government dialogue between the two countries.