On September 2, the Opening of the International Youth Forum Eurasia Global took place in Orenburg. The Forum has brought together about 500 young people in an offline format and more than 1,500 young opinion leaders online - representatives of 106 countries in total.
The participants were congratulated by Denis Pasler, the Governor of the Orenburg Region, Pavel Abramov, the Deputy head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Alexey Roskoshny, the Head of the Department for Work with Compatriots of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Elena Mondrus, the Director of the Eurasia Global Forum.
Pavel Abramov read out the welcoming speech of Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian, Federation to the participants, organizers and guests of the Forum.
"The priority place on the agenda is occupied by the issues of promoting the values of the Russian language and literature, the formation of an objective, truthful image of Russia in the world as a friendly, open to partnership state. This year has been declared by the UN as the "International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development". This is a great opportunity for you to contribute to solving the most important tasks facing the national economies, to the development of youth entrepreneurship, science, technology, and creativity," the President's message reads.
On behalf of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Pavel Abramov expressed hopes for practical cooperation and the implementation of joint Russian-foreign youth and public projects.
According to Denis Pasler, the coronavirus pandemic has seriously changed public, business, and international life, but even under the conditions of restrictions, it did not prevent all participants from gathering on the Orenburg land to actively work on the agenda of the future.
"This dialogue is very important nowadays, when the whole world is facing many challenges and common problems. Young people have a special role in this regard. We are trying to comprehend the new realities and find the necessary tools. The pandemic reminded us of the fragility of human life and the value of communication, the importance of acting together. Over the past year, each of the countries has developed its own model of life in new conditions. We have something to share with each other and something to learn," the Governor of the Orenburg Region emphasised.
Alexey Roskoshny addressed all those present on behalf of Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
"Your dialogue platform has gained popularity in the country and abroad. The key to success is an excellent organization, interesting speakers, constant openness to innovative, unconventional ideas. I am convinced that your new meeting will contribute to the establishment of useful contacts and the exchange of experience, will allow us to reach the implementation of joint projects. And, of course, it will contribute to strengthening of friendship and mutual understanding between peoples in the vast Eurasian space," the greeting reads.
An important component of the Business program is the platforms from the Forum's partners: the Russian-Serbian Youth Dialogue, the Youth Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Community of Young Compatriots Living Abroad. The work of project offices is planned in the following areas: "Russia-Arctic Council", "Russia-BRICS", "Russia-Organization of Islamic Cooperation", "Russia - Central Asian region".
Traditionally, there will be a grant competition from the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs for Russian participants and the A. M. Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Support Fund for foreign participants.
The broadcast of the Forum is available on the official website https://forumeurasia.ru/