The International Forum on the Conservation of Tiger organized by the initiative of the Government of the Russian Federation took place in St.-Petersburg on 23–24 November 2010.
The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Putin made a welcome address to the participants of this Forum. He noticed that Forum became an important event in the conservation of tiger population, and recognition of the contribution of Russia in the field of wildlife protection. Due to the adopted National Strategy for the Conservation of the Tiger, Russia has become a unique country in the world where the population of tigers has significantly grown from the middle of the XX Century - from 30 to 450 animals.
The government leaders from Bangladesh, the Peoples Republic of China, Laos and Nepal and the representatives of the international organizations and nature protection conventions also took part in the Forum.
The participants of the Forum underlined the importance to strengthen the coordination of the international efforts on conservation and restoration of tiger population. They underlined the major role of Russia in initiating the first meeting of the heads of the governments of different countries on this very important issue.
Following the results of the Forum the heads of the governments adopted the Declaration on Restoration and Conservation of the Tiger and the Global Program on Conservation and Restoration of the Tiger, with the main goal to double tiger population by 2022 - the next Tiger Year in oriental calendar.
Within the framework of the Forum the heads of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Interpol, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Customs Organization and the World Bank signed the «Consortium on counteraction of offenses concerning the wildlife».
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On the signing the Agreement between Russia and UNESCO on the participation of the Government of the Russian Federation in financing the reconstruction of orthodox relics in Kosovo Province, Republic of Serbia
H.E. Ms Eleonora MITROFANOVA, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO and H.E. Ms Irina BOKOVA, Director-General of UNESCO, signed an Agreement between Russian Federation and UNESCO on the participation of the Government of the Russian Federation in financing the reconstruction of orthodox relics in Kosovo (Republic of Serbia).
The Government of the Russian Federation has taken decision to make a voluntary earmarked contribution of US$2 million to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010-2011 for the financing of the work on the restoration of Orthodox shrines in the territory of Kosovo province, Republic of Serbia. By arrangement with the Serbian side and UNESCO, the work will be carried out on four monuments of Orthodox architecture included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (the Pec Patriarchal Monastery, Decani Monastery, Gracanica Monastery and the Church of the Virgin Leviska).
This decision was taken in the spirit of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 on Kosovo and within the framework of the international campaign launched by UNESCO to provide humanitarian assistance to the Republic of Serbia in restoring and preserving its cultural monuments damaged during the hostilities.
This decision will also serve as a contribution of Russia to the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in terms of helping to preserve unique monuments of Orthodox culture having historical significance for the entire world community.