Oct 27: In accordance with the programme of the Russian BRICS chairmanship in 2020, the Russian Foreign Ministry Council of Young Diplomats, jointly with Roscongress Foundation and the Academy of Youth Diplomacy of the Republic of Tatarstan, has successfully held the 5th BRICS Young Diplomats Forum in Kazan on October 21-24, 2020.
The event centered discussions on the role of young professionals in strengthening diplomatic relations, development of cooperation within the BRICS and BRICS+ formats (visas, interregional projects, promotion of tourism and innovation), digitalization of diplomatic activities, as well as the 75th anniversary of the Victory in World War II.
Among the speakers of the Forum there were Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan Farid Mukhametshin; Deputy Prime Minister of Tatarstan Leila Fazleyeva; Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of International Information Security Andrey Krutskikh; Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Director of the Information and Press Department Maria Zakharova; Rector of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy Alexander Yakovenko; and Foreign Ministry’s Special Envoy Steven Seagal (watch his address here: https://youtu.be/nnEeiSBS6V0).
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in his video address to young diplomats stressed the following: “Deepening the strategic partnership in BRICS is one of Russia’s foreign policy priorities. Over the past decade, the group has proved to be a relevant and well-respected format of cooperation. The BRICS countries maintain solidarity in strengthening collective principles in global affairs; they advocate respect for the sovereignty and sovereign equality of all states, and are deeply convinced that any conflicts should be resolved by peaceful means only. We defend the principles of a more just world order based on respect for the norms and principles of international law and the United Nations Charter.” The Minister also expressed hope that the Forum would contribute to the development of both the political and youth agendas of BRICS, and will help to further strengthen strategic partnership, trust and friendship between the states and peoples. The programme of the Forum included a number of working sessions and meetings with the expert community and representatives of regional authorities, as well as visits to the IT industry facilities in the Republic of Tatarstan.