Participants of the roundtable at the Gorchakov Fund looked behind the 2100 horizon

12 февраля 2020

On February 12, an international meeting dedicated to results of the Academic Papers Competition “Horizon 2100” is taking place at the Gorchakov Fund.

Deputy Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund Roman Grishenin welcomed the participants on behalf of Chairman of the Fund’s Board of Trustees, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. He mentioned importance of strengthening the intergovernmental expert and academic dialogue.

According to Roman Grishenin, long-term forecasting is not a rewarding venture, however, we should think about what the future would be like.

This being said, the deputy executive director of the Gorchakov Fund noted that the world had entered a period of serious tectonic shifts. That is why only few experts take courage to forecast what to expect in the next five years. However, the experts need to develop some kind of a roadmap of the ideal world and the proposed ideas should form the media space.

Head of the United Nations Information Center in Moscow Vladimir Kuznetsov mentioned that the Gorchakov Fund was an old partner of the United Nations Organization. According to the speaker, thanks to the UN it was possible to prevent World War III. However, the number of conflicts on the planet has not decreased and new challenges, which every year are harder and harder to deal with, have emerged.

“We proceed from the belief that the principles established in the UN Statutes should remain fundamental for everyone. We should increase our efforts to prevent conflicts”, said Vladimir Kuzntesov.

He believes that today we need trust, mutual understanding, and openness for a compromise.

“The UN Secretary General has launched a plan of actions against the language of hostility”, added the speaker.

He emphasized importance of engaging the youth, the civil society and representatives of the academic community into discussions of global problems.

“This roundtable will become a natural element of the UN Dialogue-75", said the head of the Information Center.

Around 250 students from 19 countries, including Armenia, Bulgari, Brazil, Hungary, Italy, India, Mongolia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, USA, Ukraine, South Africa and South Korea, took part in the Academic Papers Competition “Horizon 2100”.