The 55th Meeting of the PABSEC Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee was held online on 7 October 2020 with the technical support of the PABSEC International Secretariat.
The Meeting was attended by the national delegations from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Metin Gundogdu, Chairman of the Committee (Turkey).
The Committee approved the draft Report and the draft Recommendation 178/2020 “The Role of Parliaments in Combating Pandemic - Social Aspects” that will be submitted to the Fifty-Sixth Plenary Session of the General Assembly.
The Committee took note of the information on the current activities of the Organization of the BSEC, presented by Mr. Sergei Goncharenko, Deputy Secretary General of the BSEC Permanent International Secretariat.
The next 56th Meeting of the Committee will be held in Armenia on 7-8 April 2021. The main subject will be “The Role of Parliaments in Preventing Human Trafficking - Social Aspects”. Mr. Mykola Skoryk, Vice-Chairman of the Committee, member of the PABSEC Ukrainian Delegation was appointed the Rapporteur for the Report.
Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, informed the committee members about the initiative of the Hellenic Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA), which leads the work in developing green energy in the BSEC Region, about planting trees in 2020. This initiative has already been joined by the ministries from 8 BSEC Member States. The Secretary General proposed to support this initiative and to plant 75 trees on behalf of the PABSEC in one of the districts of Istanbul in the framework of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the UN. Relevant information will be sent to all the delegations.