International Youth Peace Conference in Hiroshima

Saint Petersburg State University of Economics took part in International Youth Peace Conference in Hiroshima (Japan) on August 4-14.

Zoya Rusinova, a PhD student at the chair of World Economics and International Economic Relations, represented our university in Russian delegation.

In 2005, 60 years after the atomic bombing, the International Youth Conference for Peace in the Future was held in Hiroshima for a peaceful world without nuclear weapons in the 21st century. In the past 10 years IYCPF unites young people from sister cities of Hiroshima in different places of the world, giving them an opportunity to discuss how they can contribute to peace and nuclear disarmament, and to speak about today’s local conflicts in different countries.

Within the framework of the conference young people participated in commemoration events (Peace Memorial Ceremony in the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing), met and talked to hibakusha (aging atomic bomb survivors), visited schools in Japan, lived in Japanese families.

This unique experience helped participants to get in touch with culture and traditions of Japan. Young people had 4 days to discuss how they can spread a word about the idea of peace in their cities and countries and to develop projects on the implementation of this idea. Later participants presented the results of their work at the press-conference initiated by Hiroshima Mayor’s Office.

71 representative from 24 sister cities of Hiroshima from 21 country joined the IYCPF this year. It was the first time when youth from Saint Petersburg took part in the event. Hopefully it was the first small step on the way to Saint Petersburg being a host of the Conference, as the historical heritage of the Seige of Leningrad proves the importance of holding such meetings in our city.

 

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