The Chairman of the SCO Youth Council Denis Kravchenko speaks about the forthcoming round table “The Role of Russia in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization”:
We live in a multicultural world; Russia’s geopolitical situation obliges us to develop cooperation with our eastern neighbors. Despite its relatively young age, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has already taken a leading place among the international organizations of Asia and the Pacific Region. By joining Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the SCO has bound the states of Asia and the Pacific Region by common goals. These goals are numerous, and all of them require joint efforts and smooth coordination: this is cooperation in trade, energy, financial sector, in countering terrorism and extremism, the fight against drug trafficking and international crime.
From the beginning of its activity the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has proved its effectiveness and began to expand interstate cooperation formats. One of the new directions of the SCO work became the establishment in May 2009 of the Youth Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. In fact, the SCO leaders formed a new international platform, bringing together young leaders of the Asia-Pacific region in order to exchange views on a range of pressing international and national issues and to ensure continuity in the organization.
Evidence of the urgency of goals and tasks of the SCO Youth Council and the need for new forms of interaction between youth organizations in the SCO has become a high appreciation of our activities, expressed by Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in his speech at the meeting of heads of governments of the SCO member states.
The first event of the SCO Youth Council - the founding conference - was held in Yekaterinburg, that is why it was the Russian national part of the SCO Business Council that was supposed to solve most of organizational issues. In October 2009, the capital city of Kazakhstan hosted the second meeting of the Youth Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, where we have formed our plan of work for 2010. Given that this year Russia is chairing the SCO Youth Council, we bear a special responsibility for the implementation of this plan.
A few words about the most important activities of the SCO Youth Council, which will be held this year: on March 22, under the auspices of the Center for Conservative Social Policy, we are opening a series of roundtables about: “The Role of Russia in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization”. This event will take place in the format of a video conference with the participation of interactive sites of a number of Russian cities. On April 19-25 an International Conference of Youth Organizations of the European Confederation of Youth Clubs and the SCO Youth Council on intercultural dialogue and humanitarian cooperation is to be held in Moscow. In April-May a Forum of the SCO States Youth Programs is to be held in the Altai Territory, and in May a Eurasian Congress of Young Scientists and Entrepreneurs will take place in Yekaterinburg. A Young Students Arts Festival of the SCO countries within the framework of the festival “Russian Student Spring” is scheduled for May too.
In June St. Petersburg will host the next 3rd Meeting of the SCO Youth Council, where we will report on the work done during the year.
Today's young leaders are tomorrow's politicians, entrepreneurs, managers, representatives of the media, i.e. those who will play a key role in forming the future of the country and its foreign policy. I am confident that the work of the Russian National part of the SCO Youth Council is making a significant contribution to the development of relations between the future and existing elites of the SCO member states, and plays a positive role in enhancing mutual understanding among nations in the Asia-Pacific Region.