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Russia Youth Launch First Ever BRICS-SCO Forum

Pavel Krasnorutskiy
Pavel Krasnorutskiy addresses the crowd at last year's International Festival "Student Spring of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization" (PCM via VK)

Launched today, the first ever youth forum of the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) met in Ufa to discuss the results of the recent SCO and BRICS summits, and to develop a "roadmap" for joint projects. This morning, Russian Union of Youth (PCM) Chairman Pavel ​Krasnorutskiy (below) signed into effect the cooperation agreements between his organization and NCOs of the BRICS countries. PCM Tweeted earlier today:

Youth leaders ages 20 through 35 from Russia, Brazil, India, China, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as guests from South Korea, will hold a plenary session at Ufa’s Congress Hall, where the BRICS/SCO heads of state met July 8th through 10th. Liya Gubaidullina of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bashkortostan told TASS news the youth leaders of the BRICS and SCO members will also consider "the formation of the common information space in the field of youth activities of the association’s member-countries.” 

The final of the all Russia war patriotic game \"The Victory\" earlier this year
The final of the all Russia war patriotic game "The Victory" earlier this year (PCM via VK)

While it may seem this news is just now forthcoming, cooperation in between PCM and many other international youth groups has been ongoing the past few years. The images you see convey the deep commitment the NGO has made to engaging with contemporaries around the world. 

The final of the all Russia war patriotic game \"The Victory\"
Russian inter-university competition of talent and grace "Beauty of Russian students' (PCM via VK)

Organized by the PCM, the government of Bashkortostan, Russia’s Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) and Russia’s Civil Chamber, this first ever meet-up signals the growing trend of fast-developing nations interacting to further cooperation and growth across all economic and civic sectors.

As far as the SCO is concerned, the most recent summit saw the admission procedure for India and Pakistan announced, while leaders of the SCO member-countries also decided to grant Belarus observer status, while Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal became dialog partners.

Last year's \"Student Spring of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization\" summit
Last year's "Student Spring of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization" summit (PCM via VK)

The All-Russian public organization Russian Union of Youth is one of the most popular, non-governmental, non-profit, non-political youth organizations in Russia. The primary goal of the organization is to help young people find their places in life, and to fulfill their ultimate potential personally, and professionally. Every year, nearly 4 million young people are involved in programs and projects PCM. Territorial organizations and public representatives support the organization by working 75 regions of the Russian Federation, including the Republic of Crimea. 

PCM develops bilateral relations along with 56 youth organizations of the CIS and abroad. PCM has its own Russian-Chinese business club, organizes and/or participates in many annual international youth camps, festivals and competitions such as; "Russian Winter," "Be-La-Rus," "Neighbors," "Queen of Spring."