October 27, 2021 – We are delighted to announce the opening of the WYA Chapter in Russia. This will provide more opportunities for Russian youth to engage in cultural and humanitarian dialogue.
Russia is a land of superlatives. By far the world’s largest country, it covers nearly twice the territory of Canada, the second largest. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and the eastern third of Europe, spanning 11 time zones and incorporating a great range of environments and landforms, from deserts to semiarid steppes to deep forests and Arctic tundra.
Russian culture has a long and rich cultural history, steeped in literature, ballet, painting and classical music. While outsiders may see the country as drab, Russia has a very visual cultural past, from its colourful folk costumes to its ornate religious symbols. Russian culture places a high value on the homeland and on the family.
The Russian Chapter will promote WYA’s values of human rights and dignity through education and internships, sharing the principles of the United Nations. It will be led by Marat Shafigullin, a history graduate from Izhevsk and a public diplomat. For 10 years he helped build international relations in Europe, Asia and the United States through ECS Diplomacy youth programmes within the framework of the Eurasian Research Institute for Peace Development, which he set up as a student, participated in official UN sessions in Geneva and Vienna, sent delegations to UNESCO in Paris and to Washington. His extensive experience of interacting with diplomats and governmental organisations around the world will enable him to develop intercultural dialogue. In 2020-2021, humanity faces an enormous challenge that can only be met through an international coalition. The WYA Chapter in Russia opens its doors to all those who wish to develop their future together.
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