Representatives of the National Preparatory Committees from all over the world gathered in the Russian capital to discuss the creation of working groups within the IOC, the distribution of responsibilities among IOC members, logistics issues, the organization of meeting of the veterans of the Festival movement, participation of the WFYS site in international events and other organizational matters. The meeting was addressed by the Chairperson of the Russian Organizing Committee of the WFYS 2017, First Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation Sergey Kirienko: «The opportunity to host delegates from more than 150 countries in October is the most important event for Russia. We expect that the holding of the Festival in 2017 will revive the connection with previous festivals and festival generations. This is a unique opportunity to build a dialogue of friendship with thousands of young people from all over the world. The most important thing in the WFYS is an opportunity to build a dialogue and establish friendly relations between young people from different countries of the world, because such events determine the future of the whole world. Inasmuch as 20,000 young participants, who will gather in Sochi in October, will decide in a short time on the fate of each individual country, and later on the fate of the world! «He also noted that the WFYS 2017 Organizing Committee is waiting for ideas and proposals based on the results of the two-day work of the IOC, and also shared his own memories of the Festival in 1985.
On behalf of the Russian National Preparatory Committee, Grigory Petushkov, Chairperson of the Russian NPC, said: «I am glad to welcome our guests in Moscow. The honorable right to conduct the Festival provided us with a unique opportunity for interesting and active work not only with various youth organizations that exist and develop inside the country, but also all over the world. A lot of work is waiting for us, but also behind is a serious stage. During these 2 days, important issues remain to be resolved related to the distribution of responsibilities among the members of the International Organizing Committee. The Russian side has prepared a number of interesting proposals, which will also be submitted for consideration. Russian hospitality is famous all over the world. It is gratifying that in consequence of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students we will have a chance to demonstrate this again through our culture, our art, our ability to be friends and our youth!».
The IOC WFYS 2017 Chairperson, President of the World Federation of Democratic Youth Nikos Papadimitriou, greeted the participants of the meeting: «The Festival of Youth and Students is an important event for progressive youth all over the world. Its successful holding in October 2017 will help ensure the future of the Festival movement. I am pleased to note that the people of Russia have the opportunity to create a new Festival history based on the traditions of previous youth Festivals that took place in Moscow in 1957 and 1985. We thank Russia for this opportunity and for the invitation to build the future that the young people of the world have received».
The IOC staff of the WFYS 2017 was elected at the plenary session of the 3rd International Preparatory Meeting, which was held on May 25-27 this year in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students will be held on October from 14 to 22 in Sochi and will bring together 20,000 young professionals in various fields from 150 countries between the ages of 18 and 35. Over 120,000 young people from all over the world submitted applications for participation in the Festival.
For the first time in its history, the whole country will be involved in the grandiose youth Festival. An international parade-carnival will give a start for the WFYS 2017 and will pass on October 14 in Moscow. And 2000 foreign participants in the first three days of the Festival will visit the Russian regions from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.