In 2017, Russia will host the next World Festival of Youth and Students. This decided the General Council of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) this sunday in Moscow. Russia’s youth authority, Rosmolodezh, supervising the Russian bid said the decision was about the hosting country, while the hosting city will be named at a meeting due later in spring. This First International Preparation Meeting will be hosted in Ecuador, the country of the last World Festival in 2013.
The festival due in 2017 is expected to feature at least 30,000 delegates from more than 140 countries worldwide. The event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Socialist October Revolution and the 70th anniversary of the First International Youth Festival, that was celebrated in 1947 in Prague.
Susely Morfa, second secretary of the Cuban Young Communist League (UJC), stressed today Russia’s potentialities to host the coming World Festival of Youth and Students. Along with Cuba’s ambassador to Russia, Emilio Lozada, Morfa met with the main leaders of youth organizations and government representatives working to ensure that the global event of youth and students is held here in 2017. Morfa assessed very positively the unit seen in the preparatory work by different youth organizations from the Eurasian state.
For his part, the director of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Sergey Pospelov, stressed the importance of Cuba and the historic leadership of Fidel Castro in shaping youth movements internationally.