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Youth competition on global governance kicks off in Kazakhstan

THE final of Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance (YICGG) 2017 were kicked off on Saturday in Astana of Kazakhstan with 66 university students from 32 countries.

First launched in 2007 by Fudan University and sponsored by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China, the annual event set “Future Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure” as its theme this year as the 2017 Astana Expo is running with the theme of future energy.

A total of 198 students from 42 countries had submitted proposals and 66 of them entered the final at Nazarbayev University in Astana, co-host of this year’s competition.

Shigeo Katsu, president of Nazarbayev University, and Chen Zhimin, Associate Vice President of Fudan University, welcomed the participants and encouraged all of them to cooperate and contribute their wisdom in tackling most challenging world issues.

The participants will deliver speeches on the issues on site and will be regrouped into 10 teams randomly to cooperate in developing solutions on global governance issues in accordance with the main theme in the following two days.

Most Innovative Team, Best Performance Player and Most Valuable Project will be selected by judges from Fudan, Nazarbayev and other international universities.

Organized by School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University in cooperation with its partners to inspire youth from across world to dedicate themselves to global governance and make their voice heard all over the world, the event has attracted hundreds of participants in the past 10 years.

It is estimated that over 21% of previous YICGG participants devote themselves to global governance and over 50% have participated in global governance and public affairs by further studying at home and abroad, working in the government sectors or NGOs.


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