UN Children's Assembly at Artek ends with large news conference

Young diplomats from 63 countries shared the results of a two-day session and their impressions on attending the assembly with their peers in a news conference hosted by Radio Mayak director Rustam Vakhidov, a 1988 Artek participant.

Why do we need diplomacy? Why should countries support humanitarian missions? What are the main statements in the Resolution of the UN Children's Assembly at Artek? The participants of the assembly and experts from the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy and the Diplomatic Club answered these and other questions for correspondents at the Artek-Media and MoreMedia program.

When asked about the highlights of the final resolution, the participants mentioned the need to provide humanitarian assistance to countries in need. The writers of the resolution also recommended popularizing the volunteer movement and developing the potential of young people to strengthen peace and friendship among nations.

“It was interesting to sit at the same table with the kids from Syria, China, Germany, France and other countries, and talk about the problems in our world,” said Alexandra Schmeink from Zurich (Switzerland). “Artek is sometimes called a UN model, and I think that’s fair. But there is a difference: it never happens here that countries that have political differences are not friends in real life either.”

“It is important to be ready to give a helping hand to people in another country,” added Bogdan Galagan from Khanty-Mansiysk. “During the two days of the assembly in Artek, I felt like a citizen of the world. Kids from 63 countries met here, that is, one-third of all the countries in the world. I feel like I have visited the actual UN headquarters.”

“I'm not sure I will choose diplomacy as my profession, but I liked taking part in the model UN assembly. I met cool people, and it was interesting to work with them to find new ways of helping different countries,” said Angel Perumal from the Republic of Mauritius.

“Our resolution will be sent to the Russian Mission at the United Nations. It's nice that they are willing to listen to us kids,” said Darya Yeryomenko from Blagoveshchensk. “Participation in the model UN conference helped me increase my self-esteem. I was able to share ideas with a large audience without fear. This is a huge experience in communication.”

The organizers of the UN Children's Assembly International School Model included ICC Artek, the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Artek Support Fund with assistance from the Foreign Ministry, the Diplomatic Club, the Fund for Social and Cultural Initiatives and the VGTRK state television and radio broadcasting company.

At the news conference, the organizers thanked the children for the constructive dialogue. According to the tutors from the Diplomatic Academy and the Diplomatic Club, they received a powerful response from the young people: most of them noted the importance of diplomacy as a way of peacefully settling international conflicts. Media professional Rustam Vakhidov praised the training of young journalists who asked the speakers serious and well-thought-out questions.

According to Artek Deputy Director for International Affairs Viktoria Borodunova, the UN Children's Assembly confirmed that Artek is a recognized international center for children's diplomacy. “You are creating history today. And you are not doing it like adults, but much better,” she said to the children. “You discuss important issues, even though you all come from different countries and speak different languages. I would say the very fact that you can reach agreement gives our world hope.”