On April 17, the MGIMO.GREEN Student Forum Day “Sustainable Development: International Experience, National Regulation, Corporate Practice” was held.
The grand opening of the Forum took place at MGIMO on April 16. The program of the Student Day was started by the round table “Environmental transformation of business. Responsible consumption and eco-culture ”with the participation of internationally known sportsman, two-time Olympic champion, seven-time world champion, three-time Stanley Cup winner Viacheslav Fetisov.
At the present time, Viacheslav Fetisov is the chairman of the All-Russian Society for the Conservation of Nature, a member of the Supervisory Board of MGIMO. Viacheslav Fetisov spoke to schoolchildren and students about international initiatives related to the youth agenda for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, opportunities for self-realization at different ages and the mechanisms that are necessary for youth initiatives to be heard and supported. After the speech, Viacheslav Aleksandrovich responded to the many questions from students who were interested in how to combine active sport and an active life position, whether eco-diplomacy is a in demand in Russia and in the world, and how to implement existing and new initiatives for the maximum benefit for the country and the world as a whole.
Within the framework of the round table, Tadzio Schilling – Chief Executive Officer of Association of European Businesses, with whom MGIMO has built long-standing and constructive relationship in various areas of cooperation: from educational courses within the framework of School of Business, to internships for students from different faculties and areas of training. T. Schilling revealed the essence of the main directions of restructuring the business ideology, which consists in integrating the sustainable development agenda as deeply as possible into corporate work, reporting, active cooperation with government authorities and civil society to achieve maximum and synergistic effect for the long term. He also analyzed the achievements in these areas in Russian and foreign business.
To sum up the results of the key speakers’ speeches, Natalia Zagrebelnaya, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Economics and Commerce, noted with pleasure that at this stage, the SDG agenda is not only aggregated in the minds and hearts of MGIMO staff and students, but is also actively extends and is being implemented in both academic and extracurricular activities. She also outlined a new task of the faculty: larger integration of the disciplines of “Trading ” and “Ecology and Natural Resource Management”, and the creation of new contemporary Master’s programs.
Natalya Stanislavovna turned to V.A. Fetisov with a proposal to create a model of cooperation with MGIMO, in which there will be a place not only for our applicants, with whom we are actively working systematically, not only for our students and students from other universities, but also for foreign participants. To which our guest replied that in the very near future he plans to hold negotiations with the MGIMO leadership on the creation of an association or other youth organization with Top foreign universities of the same level as MGIMO in Russia.
Diana Badeyan (Armenia), Takhirjan Kadyrbekov (Kazakhstan), Anna Tkacheva (Kuwait), Valeria Ruzakova (Russia), Ekaterina Rashidin (Malaysia) were experts performing at the round table. MGIMO students Egor Glazov (4 SGP ), Alexander Molodets (3 MIEP) Yana Lomova (1 FPEK), Daria Litovchenko (1 FPEK), Maxim Kudryashov (3 FPEK), Victoria Koltinova (3 FPEK), Maria Vetrova (3 FPEK).
The round table ended with a lively discussion on the topics of the participants’ speeches, which led to the establishment of new contacts and the creation of new collaborations, which in the future will lead to the emergence of new disciplines. The moderators of the round table discussion were the head of the Department of Integrated International Ecological Problems and Natural resources exploitation R.A. Aliev and the head of the Laboratory of Geoecology and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources of the Department of ICPPiE N.E. Ryazanova.
The following event of the MGIMO.GREEN Student Forum Day was the “Sustainable Development Goals” business game for schoolchildren and students. Participation in the game was a good practice for practice of teamwork skills and also allowed students to deepen their knowledge of the concept of sustainable development. As part of the business game, the participants simulated the activities of the United Nations: working parties worked on the agenda, presented their sustainable development goals, and at the end they wrote a resolution. The game was moderated by T.A Rezanova, a graduate of FPEK, head of the ecology department of the Association of Olympiad Winners (APO).
After summing up the results of the jury in the person of the Advisor to the Deputy General Director of National Operator for Radioactive Waste management FSUE Golovikhina, the moderator T. A. Rezanova and the head of EcoCommunity A. T. Amantasheva, the team of prize-winners and the winning team have been determined. All of the winners were awarded with memorable gifts from MGIMO, and the members of a team, who scored the most points to the resolution became the winners and were given the opportunity to undertake an internship in the Russia’s largest company!
Alongside with the business game, a master class was held by Sergey Kuznetsov, chef (Kitchen TV Channel), TV presenter, director of the Chefkuznetsov.com project, co-founder of the Captain Cook online children’s culinary school and brand ambassador of Es`oro – healthy food product lines for HoReCa. Sergey is the host of several culinary rubrics and shows on the TV channels Kitchen TV, Friday, Channel One, REN-TV, TNT, Yu. During the master class, Sergey Kuznetsov spoke about the concept of Zero waste, a global eco-trend that is gradually coming to Russia. Its point is in the conscious consumption and reduction of waste by reusing resources. The chef provided more details on what respect for food was, and what, in his opinion, an ideal restaurant should be.
During the entire forum, the exhibition “Ecology and the link between man and nature” and an exhibition of the results of the Russian-Austrian FORORUAT photo competition were presented in the atrium.
School of Applied Economics and Commerce Department of Integrated International Ecological Problems and Natural resources exploitation