On May 15-19, 2019, the 16th Russian-German Youth Forum was held in Berlin.
The event was attended by 40 people (20 participants from the Russian Federation and 20 participants from Germany).
The main objectives of the event were:
- the forum is aimed at strengthening collaboration between Russia and Germany in field of youth cooperation. It promotes the exchange of experience and new ideas for creating new projects in all areas.
- the forum will help create favorable conditions for youth exchange of experience and the formation of bilateral project initiatives in the social, cultural and scientific fields;
- the forum is designed to draw the attention of society, public authorities and the media to the positive experience of the development of Russian-German relations on the example of youth cooperation.
Chairperson of the National Youth Council of Russia Grigory Petushkov and Deputy Chairperson of the German Federal Youth Association Hetav Tek delivered a welcoming speech at the official opening.
In his speech, Grigory Petushkov noted the special importance of bilateral relations: over the years, the Russian -German youth forum has been attended by more than 500 young leaders of non-governmental organizations in our countries. It means that a significant part of the people who today have become leaders of public opinion and make political decisions are not indifferent to bilateral relations and build joint cooperation on the basis of strong friendship!
Hetav Tek noted the importance of long-term cooperation: We want to show that contacts between young people of both countries are important to us. We always try to enter into a conversation with government officials to maintain and strengthen our long-term partnership.
On may 16, the forum hosted the following events:
- UN youth delegate from Germany Rebecca Freitag and Russian SDGs youth envoys Alexey Britanov, Maria shishkanova and Ekaterina Novikova made a presentation of the sustainable development Goals for the participants. They spoke about the implementation of SDGs youth programs at the international, national, regional and local levels.
- The participants visited the German Ministry of foreign Affairs, where they met with Dirk Wiese, coordinator for inter-social cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern partnership countries, to discuss the current agenda for cooperation between Russia and Germany in the youth sphere.
- Participants visited youth organizations in Berlin and got acquainted with their work (training Place “7 / youth” (Lernort “7/ jung”) https://www.7xjung.de/, ” Princess Gardens” (“Prinzessinnengärten”) https://prinzessinnengarten.net/, “cotton candy Ties” ( “Zuckerwattekrawatten”) https://www.zuckerwattenkrawatten.de/) , and also they presented the activities of their organizations.
On may 17, the forum participants visited the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Germany and met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Germany Sergej J. Netschajew
Netschajew said : “Youth exchanges are the future of relations between Russia and Germany . It is necessary to build a dialogue, to talk not about each other, but with each other».
The second half of the day was devoted to practical classes: within the framework of the educational block “SDGs and sustainable development in working with youth”, participants got acquainted with interactive methods of working with young people on the topic of sustainable development.
On the final day of the forum there was a meeting with Executive Director of the German-Russian youth exchange Fund Thomas Hoffman and Head of the Russian national Coordination bureau of Russian-Germany youth exchanges, Dina Sokolova. Participants got acquainted with the activities and projects of the German-Russian youth exchange Fund and the Russian national Coordination bureau of Russian-Germany youth exchanges.
Themes of wortshops were Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 4 “Quality education”, SDGs 11 “Sustainable cities and human settlements”, SDGs 13 “Fighting climate change”, SDGs 16 ” Peace, justice and effective institutions»). Participants of the forum developed recommendations for youth organizations and project ideas for each of the areas.
After summing up the forum, young people laid flowers at Monument to the Soviet Warrior-Liberator in Treptower Park.
Organizers: The National Council of Youth and Children’s Associations of Russia together with Federal Council of Youth of Germany with the assistance of Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Russian Coordination Bureau for Youth Exchanges with Germany, German-Russian Youth Exchange Foundation.
The Russian-German Council on youth cooperation was established in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in December 2004. As a result of the meetings, which passes annually, experts determine the priorities and the main directions of Russian-German youth cooperation.