In 2018 Perm has retained its leadership
in people's diplomacy in Russia
Modern international relations in Europe and the global world
put a special emphasis on promoting links and cooperation
in social sphere, primarily at twinned cities and "people-to-people"
The City of Perm has always been very active in this field
and is aiming at expanding interaction with its twin-cities
as well as gaining tangible results from it.
A proof to this is the fact that in 2017 Perm took the top
position among Russia's million-populated cities in international
activity rating issued by Eurasia Regional Section of the
World Organization "United Cities and Local Governments".
However, in the current year the administration of Perm has
put a lot of effort into up-keeping the leader's position.
In April 2018 Perm has been ranked the best in the competition
"People's diplomacy - effective municipals government"
at the International Forum of the best municipal practices
held by the Union of Russian Cities in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).
The award was given to praise the experience gained by Perm
City in structuring and implementing interaction with its
On September 14, Berlin (Germany) hosted a conference summing
up the results of 2017-2018Russian-German cross year of regional
municipal partnerships. The event was patronized by foreign
ministries of the Russian Federation and Germany. At the closing
plenary session Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov presented
the Certificate of Merit "To the cities of Perm and Duisburg
for their significant contribution into developing municipal
cooperation between Russia and Germany" to Mayor of Perm Dmitry
Samoilov. Under the framework of Russian-German cross year
of municipal partnership the twinned cities of Perm and Duisburg
implemented a joint project titled "10-year partnership of
Perm and Duisburg: demonstration of tangible results of people-to-people
Perm City publishes a regular newsletter called "Twinned Cities'
to inform the residents about the most successful projects.
In 2018 a new Internet resource was launched for twinned cities
at permcitybro.com. The website was created following the
initiatives of Perm journalists and activists in collaboration
with the "Stimul" Social Projects Center and the 'Business
Class' newspaper; the project was promoted by the city administration.
The website looks at topics which might be of interest to
the residents of the twinned cities and will add to better
understanding and expanding knowledge of what is unique in
each city. The project under the name "City to city" became
the winner of the XX Perm City Competition of social projects
"The City Is Us" devoted to the 295 anniversary of Perm City
The experience of Perm City in promoting people's diplomacy
has been presented and discussed at a number of conferences
and workshops, with a substantial interest to the creative
projects bringing together people from the twinned cities.
A successful example of the latter is the 3rd International
twinned cities festival "Come together!" held in
Perm in September of 2018 to mark the 295th "birthday"
of the city. It involved the actors and performers from the
cities twinned with Perm - Agrigento (Italy), Duisburg (Germany),
Louisville (UAS), Oxford (the UK) and Qingdao (China).
The year of the World Football Cup-2018 gave young footballers
from Perm a chance of joining the youth football competitions
in the twinned cities: In July one of the groups from Perm
went over to Qingdao and later in August another group played
in Oxford winning the twinned cities cup. Both events were
parts of reciprocal exchange visits to the ones made to Perm
Youth Football Summer Camp in 2016 and 2017 .
In late September- beginning of October 2018 representatives
from Perm and Duisburg took part in the 2nd Youth Forum of
Twinned Cities of Russia and Germany 'Development through
youth exchanges' (Hamburg, Germany). The young people were
working jointly on a project within "Mobility. Digital Environment"
section. The partners from Perm and Duisburg are planning
to continue the work to organize micro-projects in the residential
areas of Perm. These initiatives are aimed at improving the
In November 2018 "Evgeny Panfilov's Ballet" group performed
in a joint production called "Still we rise" together with
the actors from Oxford and its twinned cities. The unique
performance was inspired by Maya Angelou's poem "Still I rise"
and Kristen Visbal's sculpture "The Fearless Girl" and incorporated
the female suffrage stories. The joined final performance
was presented to the general public on November 11, the Remembrance
Day in the UK. The Perm delegation also took part in a wreath-laying
ceremony to commemorate the end of the World War I.
December 2018 features a visit from the German twinned city
of Duisburg of a delegation taking part in the presentation
of a photo album "Perm and Duisburg: the city's social
space in 1950-1960s" - a joint project of Perm Regions
State Archive and Duisburg Archive.
The coming year of 2019 will feature many new joint projects
which will promote exchange of experience in a variety of
city's life aspects and will strengthen mutual understanding
between their residents.
December 14, 2018