Business programme

The UN, Society, and the World’s Young People: Working together to Solve Global Problems

05 Jun , 16:00–17:15
International Youth Economic Forum
Pavilion G, conference hall G7

Innovative solutions developed by young people have driven social progress and political change, and have set the stage for development within the global community for decades to come. There is therefore a pressing need to identify effective ways to coordinate and implement youth initiatives. One such initiative is the United Nations Model, which combines conferences and role-play scenarios in the official languages of the UN. Participants include students and senior-year school pupils, who are provided with the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of various bodies within the organization. What platforms enabling young people from around the world to interact with one another exist, and what form do they take? What functions do UN models, UN volunteer programmes, and SDG forums perform? Could young people instil the trust that is currently lacking in order to promote global stability and growth? How effective is inter-university collaboration in facilitating dialogue between young people?

Stanislav Surovtsev, Vice-Rector for Students’s Development and International Affairs, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University)

Mihai Dragos, Vice Chair, Advisory Council on Youth, Council of Europe (online)
Konstantin Kolpakov, Chairman, Council of Young Diplomats Russian Foreign Ministry
Grigory Petushkov, Chairperson of the National Youth Council of Russia Association of Non-Governmental Organizations
Andrey Platonov, Deputy Director, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh)
Sergei Pospelov, Executive Secretary, Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization
Daniyar Turusbekov, Chairman, Youth Council, Eurasian Economic Commission
Afshan Khan, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Francisco Javier Hurtado Mira, Chairman, Democrat Youth Community of Europe

Front row participant
Veronika Peshkova, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)