MINSK, 3 April (BelTA) – It is the younger generation that will shape the future of the Union State, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Dmitry Krutoi said in a recorded video message that was played during the online international round-table session dedicated to the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia, BelTA has learned.
“It will not be an overstatement to say that events for young people are one of the highlights of the busy program to mark the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia in both countries. The same is true for the Union State development in general. The recent decades have shown that in order to get strategic advantages in the international arena it is necessary to effectively develop, accumulate and fulfill human capital, as well as innovative potential, the main driver of which is naturally the youth,” Dmitry Krutoi said.
“It is for the younger generation to shape the future of our integration association,” the ambassador noted. “It is you, dear friends, who will decide how our bilateral relations, our Union State, will develop 10 and 30 years from now. And it is important for our generation to recognize young people as one of the main driving forces of integration, to actively involve youth in all spheres of public life, especially in the public administration system,” he stressed.
The international round-table session was initiated and organized by the Ideology and Youth Directorate of the Minsk City Council. The goal of the event is to promote interaction and coordination in the youth policy, to discuss topical issues of patriotic education, to give young people a bigger say in the social realm and in the political landscape of the Union State, to develop interaction between Minsk and partner towns and sister cities of the Russian Federation.
During the event young people and experts from the two countries are communicating and exchanging views. Students, young workers, and representatives of government agencies, public associations coordinating the youth policy were invited to participate in the event.
Minsk is represented by 100 delegates who gathered at the central studio in the Minsk City Council. These are participants of the project Minsk Generation 2023, heads of youth councils under the Minsk City Council of Deputies and district administrations, youth activists, and youth policy specialists. Joining the online conference were also nine district studios based at educational institutions and organizations of the city. The number of their delegates is about 1,000 people.
The Russian Federation is represented by seven cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Murmansk, Novosibirsk, Sochi, Ufa. Taking part in the event on Russia's side are students and young workers, leaders of youth organizations, and representatives of government agencies.