The Japanese-Russian Youth forum was held in two Japanese cities — Tokyo and Matsumoto from November 26 to December 4, 2019
Forum is held as part of the implementation of the Russian-Japanese Youth Exchange Plan for 2019. The purpose of the event is to develop Russian-Japanese youth cooperation.
- “What can we do for the world?,”
- Striving for sustainable development goals,”
- “Next Generation (Society 5.0),”
- “Development of intercultural dialogue.”
About sixty people aged 18 to 30 will join the participants. Among them are students from leading universities in both countries, young specialists and leaders of youth organizations.
The Russian delegation included representatives of the Kabardino-Balkan Republic, the Republic of Tatarstan, the Archangel, Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Orenburg, Rostov, Ryazan, Samara, Sakhalin, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen regions, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Russian SDGs youth envoys Janina Andrushkevich (SDGs 4), Arina Dulepova (SDGs 7) and Maria Shishkanova (SDGs 14) also took part in the forum.
On November 30, the educational program of the forum was held on the basis of the University of Sinsu in Matsumoto. Welcoming remarks were made at the opening of the programme:
- Rosislav Vojtekhovsky, Assistant of the Department of State Youth Policy and Social Projects in the Field of Higher Education of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation
- Grigory Petushkov, Director of the Youth Policy and International Relations Institute, the Chairman of NYCR
- Tanaka Kiyoshi, Vice-Rector at Sinxu University for International Cooperation
- Osawa Akira, Acting head of the Department of Japanese-Russian Exchange of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Within the forum the meeting of the Chairman of National Council Grigory Petushkov with the management of Japan Seinendan Council took place.
The Russian side offered to exchange delegations in the framework of study visits to get more acquainted with youth policy and youth organizations of Russia and Japan, followed by the conclusion of a cooperation agreement and the creation of a permanent basis for dialogue.
During the talks, both sides expressed interest in further development of cooperation through youth NGOs of Russia and Japan.
The Russian side offered to exchange delegations in the framework of study visits to get more acquainted with youth policy and youth organizations of Russia and Japan, followed by the conclusion of a cooperation agreement and the creation of a permanent basis for dialogue between youth public organizations of the two countries.
SDGs Envoy Yanina Andrushkevich made a presentation at the event. She emphasized the importance of intercultural dialogue between Russia and Japan in terms of implementing the SDGs and maintaining global peace for present and future generations. Ioannina presented to the Japanese side the results of the Program “Youth Envoy of the SDGs of Russia”.
At the section “Striving for Sustainable Development Goals,” the participants of the forum exchanged views on the role of universities and students in the implementation of SDGs.
Young people told how student initiatives create SDG-groups, carry out awareness-raising among students, transform campuses: become more stable, instead of machines with plastic bottles – drinking fountain, instead of throwing unrealized products from the dining room – sell food with 50% discount after lunch, etc.
Together with Japanese colleagues, SDGs Envoys developed a project of the ideal university “Futuricity,” which fully meets the standards of sustainable development. The final presentation of the project took place on December 1 at the University of Sinxu.
The Japanese side organized a cultural program for Russian representatives of the forum. They got acquainted with the culture and traditions of Japan, and also visited the most important sights of the cities of Tokyo, Matsumoto and Takayama.
Organizers: Federal State Budget Educational Institution of Higher Education «MIREA – Russian Technological University», carrying out functions of Coordination bureau of Russian-Japanese youth exchanges with support from Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation together with the Japanese-Russian center of youth exchanges (Tokyo) with support from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Russian-Japanese youth cooperation is carried out in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Japan on the establishment of the Russian-Japanese Youth Exchange Commission of 15 March 1999. About 70 joint youth events take place each year.