By Decree of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan in June 1992 the First Congress of the World Congress of Tatars was convened, which decided to set up the organization ” The World Congress of Tatars” and its Executive Committee. The congress was attended by delegates from Tatarstan, the Russian Federation, CIS countries and abroad.
The main constitutional objectives of the WCT are the following :
- Consolidation of the Tatar people and their public associations;
- Promotion of national and cultural, socio-economic and spiritual development of the Tatar people;
- Participation in the development and implementation of targeted programs in the field of cultural development.
On April 24, 1998 the WCT passed registration at the Ministry of Justice and was granted the status – International Union of Public Associations ” The World Congress of Tatars.” The organization is guided by the Constitution of Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan, the Charter and norms of International law, and establishes its activities on the principles of democracy, equality, tolerance, self-government and the rule of law. The World Congress of Tatars is a legal entity and extends its activities in Russia, as well as is collaborating with national-cultural organizations and Tatars of foreign countries. Today, the World Congress of Tatars unites 352 national-cultural community organizations. Of these, in Russia and Tatarstan are 230, in 34 foreign countries – 122 societies: in 20 foreign countries – 42, in 14 countries of the near abroad – 80 organizations.
Four World Congress of Tatars were held, by decisions of which Executive Committee is guided in its activities. Of great importance was the meeting of V.V. Putin with III delegates to the congress, during which topical issues of development of the national education and culture, preservation of the Tatar language and identity of the people, the formation of a single information and cultural space of the Russian Federation for the Tatar population were raised.
In recent years, Executive Committee of the WCT attaches great importance to the work with different categories and groups of the Tatar population. In particular, in order to form a national identity and revitalization of Tatar youth four World Forum of Tatar youth were held with participation of more than a thousand delegates from around the world.
Considering the importance of preservation and development of national education, theEx.com. of the WCT pays a constant attention to the work with public education entities and the pedagogical community. To this end, scientific and practical conferences, round tables, seminars were held. Executive Committee of the World Congress of Tatars, together with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan held two All-Russian Congress of teachers of the Tatar language and employees of educational institutions with ethno-cultural component. Among the delegates were also the teachers of the Tatar language Sunday schools of near and far abroad.
A notable event in the life of the scientific community was held in September 2007, the World Forum of Tatar scientists convened by Executive Committee of the WCT together with the Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan. Kazan was attended by 350 scientists working in the educational and scientific centers of different cities of Russia, China, Japan, Romania, Germany, USA, Turkey, Finland and other countries. In September 2011, the II World Forum of Tatar scientists was attended by 230 scientists from 28 countries.
In recent years, Executive Committee of the WCT has been actively involved in the implementation of Tatar Youth Educational Program from Russian regions and foreign countries in Higher educational institutions of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Under Executive Committee of the WCT the following structures have been successfully set up and operating : the World Forum of Tatar Youth, All-Russian public “Tatar gailyase”, Foundation, All-Russian public organization “Federation of National Wrestling” Tatarcha koresh “, All-Russian public organization” Tatar villages of Russia “, Republican Non-Governmental Organization of Tatar women «Ak kalfak”, the World Association for Tatar entrepreneurs.
The Executive Committee of the World Congress of Tatars pays a significant attention to the development of entrepreneurship and establishment of economic relations with the regions of compact living of Tatars. Today the Tatar business involvement in setting national life becomes an important factor of ethno-cultural development of the people. Therefore, the WCT Executive Committee together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan holds regular forums, round tables and meetings with the participation of businessmen from Russia and CIS countries. A striking example – All-Russian Congress of entrepreneurs of Tatar villages, held in March 2012.
Thus, the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Tatars, carrying out program settings of the international organization, makes a great contribution to strengthening the authority of the Republic of Tatarstan and Tatar people in all, to the harmonization of interethnic and interfaith relations.