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World Festival of Youth and Students 2017
NYDA Executive Chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni, Deputy Chairperson, Bavelile Hlongwa and other members of the NYDA Board are part of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students, currently taking place in Sochi, Russia where 188 countries are participating.
The WFYS aims to consolidate international youth community, strengthen international ties, as well as promote international and intercultural cooperation. One of the main goals of the Festival is shaping a common vision of the future by the young leaders from different countries, trying to articulate responses to the most pressing challenges of the generation. The main agenda of the discussion program is to encompass the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations.
The program of the WFYS 2017 involves various platforms, including panel discussions and open lectures on topical issues of youth policy and international relations, sports competitions, as well as a number of cultural and creative event.