Caribbean and Russia Partner for Youth Development

Date Published: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

At the recently concluded 6th United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, The Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) and the Association of Non-Governmental Organisations - National Youth Council of Russia (NYCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Youth Cooperation and Development on January 30, 2017. The MOU was signed by the Chairperson of the CRYC, Mr. Tijani Christian and the Chairperson of the NYCR, Mr. Grigory Petushkov.

The MOU seeks to strengthen the role of young people in social inclusion, cultural diversity and multilateral cooperation in capacity building and partnership for educational and employment opportunities to facilitate the offering of capacity building, cultural exchanges, scholarships, internship and job opportunities in building higher levels of cooperation between the Caribbean and Russia.

An immediate output of this partnership is the Caribbean Regional Youth Council’s involvement in the upcoming 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia scheduled for October 14 – 22, 2017. The Festival seeks to bring together 20,000 young people from all over the world for active participation in addressing the sustainable development agenda.

The MOU was signed by the Chairperson of the CRYC, Mr. Tijani Christian and the Chairperson of the NYCR, Mr. Grigory Petushkov.


The CRYC will be a member of the National Preparatory Committee for the Festival to ensure the participation of the Caribbean delegation as well as the development of the agenda and discussion programme of the Festival. To ensure greater participation of Caribbean youth delegates, the partnership agreement facilitates visa-free entry for all Caribbean participants to the Festival and the coverage of accommodation, ground transportation, meals and cultural programme. What does this mean? You just need to pay your airfare and cover any other personal expenditures incurred. The application form for the 19th Festival and its latest news are available on the website

The latest information about preparations for the Festival is also published on the official Facebook page:

Persons interested in sharing in this partnership may contact the secretariat of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) via email at [email protected] if you do not have direct contact with your local youth councils. We will facilitate the collaboration, as is necessary.

The Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) is the collective voice of National Youth Councils and represents the voice of youth for the Caribbean. Further, it is are a strategic youth governance and advocacy movement with one voice working towards regional representation, integration and co-operation as a platform for youth development.

The CRYC is committed to its mission to move from rhetoric to action! 

Signing are Caribbean Regional Youth Council Chairperson, Tijani Christian and National Youth Council of Russia Chairperson, Mr. Grigory Petushkov. Looking on are (from right to left) Mr. Henry Charles, Member of the Advisory Board of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council; Mr. Sujae Boswell, Caribbean & Americas Representative – Commonwealth Youth Council and Mr. Aleksandr Bolotnov, International Programs Coordinator – National Youth Council of Russia