World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) 2017 begins in Sochi of Russia today, October
14 and will continue till October 22. More than 20,000 young people aged between 18 and
35, from 150 countries have gathered in Sochi, the city which hosted the Winter
Olympic Games and Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2014 . An elaborate program has been chalked
out for the participants including events related to science and education, culture and sports.
According to the Director of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Dhaka Alexander
Demin, “The festival will consolidate the global youth community, strengthen links between
countries, and develop interaction between nations and cultures.” “It is nice to know that the
development of cooperation between Russia and Bangladesh is continuing in all areas,
including such an important sphere like Youth Exchange. I hope that WFYS will provide a
foundation for future development of cooperation between our countries. More than one
hundred delegates representing Bangladesh at this International forum. ”
The main youth event of the year held in Sochi is attended by the most active young people
from all over the world, who have already become leaders in their respective fields.
Bangladesh delegation among others includes some young professionals, who are oriented
to research and new technologies.
“We are happy that the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM has been able to join
the main youth event of the year and invite eleven talented young people from Bangladesh,”
said Aleksey Pimenov, Regional Vice-President of Rosatom South Asia.
“Implementation of such a major project like Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will give an
impetus to the development of cooperation between Bangladesh and Russia, not only in the
field of trade and economy, but also on humanitarian issues. Moreover, in the coming years,
nuclear power has every chance to become a platform for youth exchange between our
countries, targeted at young people who take interest in science and technology.” He also
informed that 50 students from Bangladesh are already studying nuclear engineering in
Russia and about 20 more are due to join them this year.
The first World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) was organized in 1947 in Prague.
Moscow hosted it in 1957 and 1985. The agenda of Sochi WFYS among others include
discussion and education events related to the most relevant global problems, in light of
the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, formulated by the UN. Each day of the festival will be
dedicated to one of the macroregions of the planet: America, Middle East, Asia and Oceania,
Europe, and Russia as a host. The discussion programs include topics such as “Designing the
Future: Architecture and Design”, “Global Policy and Peace: Challenges of the Future”,
“Ecology and Health”, “The Future of Science and Global Education”, “Economy and
Entrepreneurship, Drivers of the Future”, “Industry 2035”, “The Civil Development
Platform”, “The World Culture 2030” and others. Young filmmakers, artists and designers
will present their achievements in various formats. The official languages of the festival are
the working languages of the United Nations: English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Russian,