The questions of international youth cooperation up to 2030 were discussed in Orenburg

On 6 September thematic laboratories continued to work within the framework of the business program of the International Youth Forum "Eurasia Global". The participants attended workshops and panel discussion, defended their projects and shared new ideas and solutions.

One of the key moments of the day is the organization of a discussion platform for the Laboratory of International Youth Cooperation "Youth 2030". The representatives of youth NGOs, youth leaders and specialists working in the field of international youth cooperation, together with the youth ambassadors of the SDGs of Russia 2020, identified the priority areas for the activities of international intergovernmental organizations in the field of youth policy. They presented youth projects and programs of the UN, the Council of Europe and the Council for Affairs youth of the CIS member states, where it is possible to take part, and also they discussed the questions of international youth cooperation for the period up to 2030.

Olga Popova, the Deputy Chairperson of the Association of Public Organizations “The National Council of Youth and Children's Associations of Russia” addressed the audience: “Don't be afraid to make projects, to find communities of like-minded people and create something new. The world needs your ideas.”

The founder of the #CMRus Association of Community Managers of Russia, the author of the first course for community managers in Russia, Vlad Titov spoke about the stages of building an online community. In his workshop he focused on tools to increase community engagement, gave practical advice on how to stimulate word of mouth and increase attention to the content, and also helped each participant to work out a strategy for developing their communities.

We could not help touching upon the topic of the economic crisis caused by the fall in hydrocarbon prices and the coronavirus. This crisis, according to the speakers, will lead to the loss of jobs by people in large cities and metropolitan areas, which will stimulate massive de-urbanization of the urban population.

“In Russia alone over 3 million people will soon move from city to village. Loss of work, the closing of entire sectors of the service sector, general crisis phenomena, as well as the psychological stress from a long stay in quarantine will motivate a change in the way of living, in lifestyle and in the place of living," said the experts in the field of strategic planning and project management in the cross-border space.

On the example of Karelia, there were presented the solutions to organize cross-border business in agriculture.
An anti-crisis strategy for forms of creative business was also analyzed in the “Creative Economy” laboratory, no matter if it is connected with a contemporary art center or an independent bookstore. The head of the educational programs department of the Yeltsin Center, Oleg Lutokhin spoke with the participants about how the pandemic had erased the distinction between a media start-up and a public institution, and he explained what to do with that.

The mission of the forum is to unite the youth from the countries of the Eurasian continent around the idea of the Russian World. For the fifth year in a row, the Eurasia Global forum has been a stable platform, where there have been created good conditions for a dialogue between youth organizations and individual young citizens of the Eurasian continent, focused on interaction between Russian-speaking foreign citizens, ready for practical cooperation and interaction with Russian citizens.

The organizers of the Forum are the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, the Government of the Orenburg Region, the federal State Budgetary Institution "Resource Youth Center".

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