I.Metshin: “By transforming the city, we are creating an environment in which our young generation will live and work”
session of the Global Youth Summit, which is held under the framework of the “Kazan
OIC Youth Capital 2022” international program, took place today at the City
Hall. The theme of today's meeting, which was attended by Tatarstan President
Rustam Minnikhanov and Mayor Ilsur Metshin, is youth on the global agenda.
special importance to cooperation with the Muslim countries and are proud of
our contribution to the development of relations with the Organization of
Islamic Cooperation,”- Rustam Minnikhanov said, opening the meeting. The status
of Kazan as the OIC youth capital was assigned to the observer country for the
first time. “We consider this decision as testimony of recognition of the
merits and achievements of the Russian Federation and the republic of Tatarstan
in youth policy and long–term relations of our republic with the Organization
of Islamic Cooperation”, - R.Minnikhanov stressed.
Tatarstan President, the theme of the plenary session is particularly relevant
– young people are increasingly demanding more fair, equal and progressive
opportunities from society. “We see how young people stand for interethnic
harmony, interreligious interaction and international cooperation on the
example of Russia. At the same time, Tatarstan remains one of the most stable
regions of Russia, which demonstrates the unity and diversity of cultures and
civic community”, - Rustam Minnikhanov said.
President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sent their
greetings to the delegates.
At the end of
the plenary session, the Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin made a report. In his
speech, he noted that Islam is an important part of the city’s DNA, its history
and culture. “The Quran recitation contest held recently in Kazan is a living proof
that the spirit of faith has not been lost. 40% of parishioners in Kazan
mosques are young people, in addition, the Halal industry is developing in the
city and historical sites are being restored,”- the head of the city said. He
added that in Soviet times, Islamic traditions were partially lost, but today
they have more and more adherents among young people. “They are not locked away
from the world, on the contrary, they are well educated, friendly, open and
create a cultural product that is in demand not only among Islamic youth, but
also among all residents and tourists”, - the Mayor noted.
him, today 30% of Kazan residents are young people, for whom the social and sports
infrastructure, as well as recreational areas are updated annually. Thus, 168
thousand students, including from abroad, study at 30 universities and 25
vocational secondary educational institutions. Over the past five years, more
than 70% of youth policy institutions have been renovated in Kazan, a lot of
work has been done to improve public spaces. About 300 sports venues are
available for young people today.
conditions for life, employment, professional growth, leisure time activities
and development of young people are among our main priorities”, - I.Metshin
For reference, the
Global Youth Summit started in Kazan on August 27 and brought together 300 participants
from 67 countries.