A lecturer of the Faculty of Geography, Geoecology, and Tourism of Voronezh State University, Dmitry Vladimirov, has become a member of the Russian youth delegation and took part in the II BRICS Youth Summit held this year in India.
Prior to the Summit, there was a highly competitive national selection held by the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, with only 13 applications selected from a total of 422. The youth delegation consisted of the representatives of the country’s leading universities, including Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Higher School of Economics National Research University, Altai State University, Far Eastern Federal University, and Voronezh State University. At the Summit, Dmitry Vladimirov became the only participant from the Central Black Earth Region.
Before the flight to India, on the 28th of June, the young people were invited to MGIMO, where a briefing was held, aimed at strengthening the collaboration between the BRICS countries. The opening statement was made by MGIMO Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Social Development, Igor Loginov, and Professor of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy, Yury Dubinin. They noted the important role that youth plays in the process of rapprochement among the members of the Group of Five, and determined the priority areas for future collaboration.
On 30 June, the Russian youth delegation arrived in New Delhi, where meetings were organized with the Indian Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Jitendra Singh, and the Foreign Minister of India, Mrs Sushma Swaraj. Addressing the delegates, Mrs Sushma Swaraj noted the particular need to implement reforms at the Security Council of the United Nations Organization.
The Summit started on 1 July in the largest city of the Eastern state of Assam, Guwahati. The opening ceremony was led by the Chief Minister of the state of Assam, Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, who made a special emphasis on the importance and long-term benefits of the event.
The II BRICS Youth Summit was held under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. This year, it was attended by over 80 young people from Russia, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa. The work was carried out in four major areas of focus: advanced training and entrepreneurship, youth volunteering, social inclusiveness, and the youth’s role in the government. The summit was aimed at bringing together the young people from the five countries in order to determine the possible methods of achieving sustainable development by 2030, as well as maintaining global peace and increasing prosperity. Dmitry Vladimirov took part in the “Youth Volunteer” team. Having extensive experience in this area, obtained during the implementation of the volunteer projects of the Russian Geographical Society and Voronezh State University, he participated in developing the suggestions made by the Russian team and in discussing the outcome document “BRICS Youth Call to Action”. The “Youth Volunteerism” presentation developed by Dmitry Vladimirov, Dina Dmitrieva (Altai State University) and Ekaterina Tyurina (MGIMO) was highly praised by Mr Rajeev Gupta, Head of the Department for Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of India, as well as other international colleagues.
The outcome document was the “BRICS Youth Call to Action”, supported, in particular, by Sergey Pospelov, Head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs. It is planned to be implemented in 2016–2017. One of the Summit’s most important achievements was the decision to establish the Youth Secretariat, aimed at coordinating the work between meetings. It can be said with confidence that the recommendation given by Professor Yury Dubinin at the MGIMO briefing was translated into action. The young delegates from Russia indeed became the “intellectual centre of the discussions at the BRICS Summit”. They have proved that not only are they able to work actively within their own groups, but they can also successfully promote their country’s interests at high-level international events.