Diary of the festival
1 march 2017

Investments in youth of the world

Thematic block of the Festival discussion program «Economy and entrepreneurship» was discussed at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi

Diary of the festival
1 march 2017

Investments in youth of the world

Profile session «The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. Young people's views of the future» was held on the platform of the Russian Investment Forum on February 28. 

Speakers of the event presented WFYS 2017 as a platform for consolidation and the formation of a common image of the future by the young people of the whole world. Participants of the meeting discussed social and economic development of young people within the Festival, youth entrepreneurship and involvement of the modern generation in the development of economy.

The Executive Secretary of WFYS 2017, the Acting Head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs Alexei Palamarchuk told that the theme «Economy and entrepreneurship» will become one of the 10 main discussion platforms in Sochi. The Festival Directorate together with FSBI «Rospredprinimatel» proved the importance of this segment and the necessity to develop the youth community within the given vector, and provided calculations of the Federal State Statistics Service. These data indicate that out of 76,6% economically active population, 20,1% - young people, and the level of entrepreneurial activity of young population is 4%. In monetary terms, the contribution of young people in Russia's GDP is 4,2 trillion rubles. «The Festival is a great opportunity to create and implement joint projects, including in the field of economy and entrepreneurship», - commented Palamarchuk and invited the representatives of professional communities to join the detailed elaboration of the Festival program.

The coordinator on preparation of WFYS 2017, the director of FSBI "Rospatriotcentr" Ksenia Razuvaeva presented 3 actual "tracks" of the Youth Festival: future, development and communication. As we know, young minds are the future of mankind, and the Festival recognizes the importance of youth development, because soon enough, in 10-15 years, precisely their decisions will change the world. WFYS 2017 will provide to young people the opportunity to present themselves, to reveal the potential and even to form an international working team on the Festival fields, and to companies-employers - to find potential employees. 

«The youth of the future will come to us, and progressive technologies await them» - tells Razuvaeva. It's planned to conduct the Festival in «paper less» format, it means managing with digital technologies and eliminating the need to take notes on paper. This innovation is more relevant than ever, considering that 2017 is declared the Year of Ecology in Russia, and the conservation of natural resources is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on which the program of the Festival is based. In addition, in the spring it’s planned to launch innovative platform, a kind of social network, where the Festival program will be formed online. The main innovation consists in the fact that the speakers, themes and directions will be chosen by the youth. Already in the spring the potential participants will get into the interactive space with the possibility of compiling the program independently.

The UNAIDS Director of Regional Support Team for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Vinay Patrick Saldanha supported the representatives of the Organizing Committee in the decision to give young people the freedom of choice: «Our aim is to give young people the opportunity to form their own life positions, and one of our main goals is to realize the Sustainable Development Goals, which were unanimously adopted by all 193 countries of the world. We consider that these goals are very relevant to today's youth, even more than for any other category of society. It’s pleasant that the Organizing Committee highlighted these topics as platforms for discussion among the youth leaders. 

We are very pleased to be the partners of WFYS 2017, because it’s a unique opportunity for young people all over the world to create history. I undertake the liability that all countries, which I supervise, will took the formation of delegations for the Festival seriously, because WFYS 2017 is the main investment in youth»

The Head of the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) Kirill Varlamov also told about investments in the future and human capital.  He called them a key segment for the development of society. IIDF considers several formats of participation within the Festival: in addition to professional exhibitions master classes, thematic sessions of the type "question-answer", where young people will be able to discuss the options for development and self-realization, will be held. Also, the activities that will help to learn how to create a project will be organized, and, for example, in a business game there will be an opportunity to create your own. Varlamov promised that IIDF would be able to support these projects in the future and assist in their development.