First SCO Youth Camp takes place in China

The First SCO Youth Camp taking place in China on August 21-30, has brought together 150 young leaders from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, and Mongolia. Viktoria Varnavskaya, project manager of the Centre for International Programmes of Russian Union of Youth headed the Russian delegation, which consists of representatives of RUY, Rosmolodezh, Youth Civic Chamber, and other youth organizations.

The program of the camp includes meetings with the members of the Central Committee of Communist Youth League of China, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, and Ministry of Commerce of China. The delegates will also visit the Secretariat of the SCO, and sites related to youth entrepreneurship, innovation and environment protection.

“At this event we plan to discuss several initiatives of RUY including the SCO Youth Information Agency, and the youth business incubator of the SCO University,” – said Tatiana Seliverstov, deputy chairperson of the Russian Union of Youth. Among the Russian delegates there are RUY activists: Vadim Fomchenkov, chairman of Bryansk regional organization of RUY, Sergei Zinoviev, chairman of Penza regional organization of RUY, Victoria Sorokina, deputy chairperson of Kaliningrad regional organization of RUY, and a RUY activist Alexander Golobokov from Astrakhan region.

The educational program of the camp includes lectures and workshops on youth policy in the SCO member states. In addition, delegates will be familiarized with the Chinese state development strategy, Chinese foreign policy, and One Belt One Road program. They will also discuss various concepts of development, exchange views and experiences of their implementation. Divided into teams, the young leaders of the SCO member states will continue informal discussions in the framework of quest games in the sandy desert of Kubuqi. In the end of the First SCO Youth Camp participants will draw up a document on proposals and initiatives for the development of international youth cooperation.