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RANEPA students take part in Ship for World Youth Alumni Association Global Assembly

12 September2019
RANEPA students take part in Ship for World Youth Alumni Association Global Assembly

In early September, the Presidential Academy hosted a meeting of about 120 past participants of the Ship of the World Youth international program on its Moscow campus; RANEPA students took part in the event.

The Assembly program was devoted to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Presidential Academy is the national coordinator of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which seeks to mobilize the science and technology potential of academia, civil society and private investors to address the challenges of transitioning to sustainable development at the local, national and global levels.

RANEPA conducts major research in the field of sustainable development.

This year, the UN recognized a project of RANEPA Institute of Finance and Sustainable Development (IFSD), Organization of Research and Education to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals, among the world's best practices to achieve the SDGs. Also in 2019, IFSD began training specialists in its unique programs, Sustainable Development Project Management and International Cooperation on Sustainable Development Principles. Graduates of these programs will have effective management skills for international cooperation in line with sustainable development goals.

The Assembly participants discussed ideas for achieving the sustainable development goals at five parallel roundtables: SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, and SDG 13 Climate Action. The sessions were moderated by representatives of Russian and foreign executive authorities, science and research centers, leading educational institutions and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

RANEPA students energetically participated in the sessions and joined the subsequent discussion. “What I liked most about this international event, the SWYAA Global Assembly, was that people from different countries sat at a round table, and everyone had a chance to express their point of view, which contributed to a comprehensive understanding of the problem,” said Yegor Istomin, a student of the Ecosystem Management bachelor's program from RANEPA Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service.

The participants presented their sustainable development projects and talked about the results they achieved. Arturo Azure from Mexico presented a volunteer center for helping victims of natural disasters. Ana Ridgold and Ana Lind from Sweden presented their campus project for current and former participants the SWY program, which they started in 2018: the idea is that program alumni can come to Sweden and find like-minded people willing to help with the implementation of their projects.

SWYAA Global Assembly is an international platform for youth that aims to promote cross-cultural cooperation and understanding. At the annual meeting, former participants of the SWY program from different countries share experience with their colleagues and continue to develop common perspectives on many global issues. This year, for the first time, Moscow was chosen to host the event.

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