Proxy Centre provided accreditation services for participants, organizers, journalists, volunteers, and service staff during the preparation and holding of the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS). The festival, which took place in Sochi, Moscow and 15 other Russian cities, became the largest one in the history of the festival, which has been held in various countries since 1947.
Proxy Centre specialists did an amazing job – more than 67 thousand people were officially accredited for the WFYS. The number of participants in the festival exceeded 25,000 people.
The accreditation desks started operating a few days before the opening ceremony of the WFYS on October 15, and closed at the very end of the festival on 22 October. In addition to accreditation, the desks performed the function of information counters – the operators provided participants and journalists with comprehensive information about the festival events, program architecture, and logistics.
The festival was visited by the top-ranking officials of Russia, heads of international organizations, world leaders in various fields of economy, science, and arts. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin met with participants in the festival on several occasions. On 15 October, he spoke at the opening of the WFYS, and after the ceremony, he talked with some of the forum participants over a cup of tea – students and young professionals from Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia, France, Jamaica, the United States, India and Zimbabwe. The President of the Russian Federation expressed his hope that they would sense the Russian identity and take back home positive emotions and the contacts they received in Sochi that would help them make new progress. The head of state also took part in the closing ceremony. In addition, he came to the session “Youth 2030: the image of the future”, which became the result of the work of 12 discussion platforms. During that meeting, the President of the Russian Federation learnt about the results of discussions on such topics as aviation of the future, technologies of the future, environment, and new media.
Meetings with participants in the event were also attended by First Deputy Head of the Executive Office of the President of the Russian Federation Sergei Kiriyenko, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin, Head of Sberbank Herman Gref, Head of the Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova, President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov, Secretary General of the International Federation of Football (FIFA) Fatma Samoura. Director General of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International Marco Lambertini, motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, and French writer Frédéric Beigbeder.
The main events of the festival were held in Sochi and Moscow. The opening ceremony of the WFYS was held in the Sochi Olympic Park, in the Bolshoi Ice Palace. The festival, which was held in Moscow in 1957 and 1985, got back to Russia after a 32-year break. Participants in the WFYS were young leaders in various fields – representatives of NGOs, young people who have achieved success in science, creativity, sports, education, IT, politics, and the best representatives of the student community.
The organizers of WFYS 2017 are the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) and the International Union of Students (IUS), as well as the National Council of Youth and Children’s Associations of Russia and the Roscongress Foundation. The festival is held under the auspices of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh)