TIME TO REFLECT
Following the Helsinki Summit our platform developed rapidly. It became necessary to regroup and ensure that the development of our internal structures and organisation kept pace with our overall development. Therefore, as April 2016 drew to a close we met at La Pépinière, a farmhouse to the south of Paris, with the aim of discussing how we wished to see our platform grow and progress.
Crucial to this progress was arriving at a consensus regarding a shared understanding of the term ‘multipolarity’. Our understanding of what constitutes a ‘multipolar’ world is at the core of who we are and what we aim to achieve. With input also coming from renowned academics and political theorists from across Europe and the BRICS nations, we arrived at a mission plan and vision for our platform to develop in the coming months and years.
With new members in the platform who were not present at the Helsinki Summit, teambuilding was once more a central component of the week. A picnic at Château Fontainbleau was organised, in addition to a group supper in Paris.
Our week of discussions concluded with a conference at the Indian embassy in Paris, organised by LEAP and hosted by Mr. Manish Prahabat, Deputy Ambassador of India to France. Among the attendees were Marie-Hélène Caillol (President of LEAP) Prof. Alexander Zhebit (Federal University of Rio), Prof. Michael Kahn (University of Stellenbosch), and Prof. Irina Yarigina (Financial University of Moscow) of the Euro-BRICS advisory body; Alexandra Kluczka (President of AEEGE-Europe); and Richard Carey, former Director for Development Co-ordination at the OECD.
It was in the Indian embassy that we presented our decisions, which were enthusiastically received, being described by Richard Carey as ‘nothing less than a vision for the future.’
What was achieved?
- Arrival at a common understanding of key terms, vision and mission of the Euro-BRICS Youth Platform
- Election of two new National Representatives for European and Indian delegations
- Adoption of an internal communication channel, creating a space for the fast and simple exchange of ideas
- Assignment of key tasks and responsibilities, both to individuals and to teams of platform members
- Plan developed to hold the next summit in India in autumn 2016
- Decision taken to restructure the platform