4 August 2021
On 30-31 July, 2021 the Kazakhstan National Federation of Ñlubs for UNESCO with the support of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty organized an International Youth Forum “Youth Leading for Peace”, dedicated to the International Year of Peace and Trust, the International Day of Action against Nuclear Tests, as well as to the 30th Anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence and the 30th Anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear Test site.
The forum covered 140 delegates represented by schoolchildren and students from Russia, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Nepal, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Mongolia, South Korea, Romania, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Each team had the opportunity to present the strategy in the nuclear industry of their countries and took part in the practical stage of the forum to solve a hypothetical case. Participants developed solutions for the case based on international law and international documents in the field of conflict management and made their proposals from the positions of the economic, social, environmental and military committees.
The forum was given a high level by experts-speakers of the theoretical part from Vienna, the Czech Republic, Russia and Kazakhstan, who shared their knowledge about the nuclear policy of different countries and international organizations in this area. The final stage of the event was the adoption of the resolution by all the delegates of the International Youth Forum “Youth Leading for Peace”, which included strategies for solving the problems of a hypothetical case.
At the end, a competent jury selected 16 winning countries in such categories as “The Best video report” and “The most active delegation”.
The Forum participants noted the high level of organization of the Forum and the importance of creating such platforms where young people can express their opinions on important topics, exchange knowledge and create a community of a new generation committed to the ideas of peace and tolerance.
“First of all, thank you very much for organizing this event. The forum really helped to improve my analytical and communication skills. I learned a lot of interesting and useful things about nuclear weapons and energy from experts and delegates from other countries. Thank you!" - Nischal Bania, Nepal.
“It was a really interesting experience that I will remember for a long time. Since it was an international conference, I met delegations from different countries. So many different people – so many different opinions. I had some expectations from this conference, and I can say with confidence that they were fulfilled. Thank you very much for creating such a wonderful opportunity for international youth”- Lee Taekyong, South Korea.
You can watch the full video recordings of the forum via this link.