The Gorchakov Fund became a partner of the Brussels Dialogue

15 October 2020

On October 9-10, the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels in partnership with MGIMO University, the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the World Alumni Association hosted another forum “The Brussels Dialogue-2020”.

The topic of the forum is “Shared History and Common Future. 75 Years of Responsibility for Peace”.

In 2020, in the year of the 75th anniversary of the Victory, the end of World War II and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the second forum “The Brussels Dialogue” was dedicated to preservation of the historical memory, the role of international cooperation within the UN and the Council of Europe, and the role of youth in the 21st century to ensure and develop world peace established after World War II.

Welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony were made by Russian Ambassador to Belgium Alexander Tokovinin, Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Yevgeny Primakov, Director of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels Vera Bunina, OSCE Special Envoy for Youth and Security under Italian Presidency Riccardo Pozzi,  UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals İlayda Eskitaşcioğlu, Chairman of the World Alumni Association Vladimir Chetiy, and Deputy Executive Director of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund Daria Lobanova.

During the opening ceremony of the forum, Russian Ambassador to Belgium Alexander Tokovinin said: “The forum provides a platform for a dialogue among young people, especially on such important topics as our common history and issues of maintaining peace and stability”. He emphasized the crucial role of the UN in providing a solid foundation for the modern world order. “Indeed, the world has dramatically changed after the Cold War and we have witnessed development of the new polycentric world order, which is much more complicated than the previous international architecture. However, the basic principles of our world order, which provide stability and prosperity, remain unchanged”, mentioned the diplomat.

Geography of the participants and the experts of the forum has shifted from Brussel to the whole world. The experts represented various international organizations: the UN, the Council of Europe, EU institutions and many others. The speakers during the discussions were representatives of top European and Russian think tanks, universities, major national museums, and cultural venues.

The delegation of the youth leaders at the forum was very impressive – they represented the Advisory Council for Youth at the Council of Europe, the Council of Young Diplomats, the European Youth Forum, the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network and many others. Participation of the 2020 UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals was a special success for the forum.

Representatives of youth and student associations, youth councils, scientific, political and media circles, experts in different areas, journalists, young entrepreneurs, and all those who care for our common future attended the forum.

The number of countries represented by the participants has increased to almost 40: Russia, Belgium, Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Hungary, Guatemala, Greece, India, Spain, Italy, Yemen, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Columbia, Latvia, Libya, Lima, Lithuania, Morocco, the Netherlands, the UAE, Portugal, Salvador, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Croatia, Chili, and Sweden.

The online format of the event allowed to bring together a larger audience with over 4 000 views in social media and over 20 000 participants.

The event can be viewed on the website of the Russian Center for Science and Culture, in social media and on Facebook @RusCentreBrussels.

In the coming days, the International Essay Contest among young international affairs experts will begin. The contest will be held by the Gorchakov Fund, the Russian International Affairs Council and MGIMO University.