The first video by the Media Team of ASK 2014 is now on YouTube and available for everyone. Watch this video and get an idea of what it is like to be at this wonderful event. Find out about teambuilding, the delegates’ expectations, ideas and impressions.
An innovative event added to the agenda of ASK is morning lectures, which participants can go to before starting work in their respective working groups.
On Tuesday morning, we had the honour of having Roman Zinchenko, a believer in energy innovation, as a speaker and he discussed the topic: “The Paternalism Challenge: how paternalistic policy undermines energy security and how to break the toxic cycle.” Mr. Zinchenko is the co-founder of the network Greencubators, which aims to move the energy situation forward, and in his talk he emphasized the importance of hackers and young people for the exploration of new technologies, he criticized the paternalism system we live in and pushed for the citizens to fight for fair energy policies.
His criticism of the paternalism system was also a criticism of the monopoly of energy. He discussed how it has led to total reliance on the governments, who in turn postpone taking action, which has eroded innovation, limited market choice, led to a one-player game and to great imbalances in the system.
The second speaker we had was on Wednesday morning. Vasyl Myroshnychenko gave a lecture on “Information Security and Fighting Russian Propaganda”, which is a topic he is an expert in because he was heavily involved in the founding the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, and is still active within it.
In his lecture, he talked about the role the Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre has played since the crisis started and about the tools Russia uses to spread false and inaccurate information, examples of these being TV channels or the portrayal of Ukrainians in a negative light. He explained that the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre fights against the “information war” and communicates the truth to larger audiences.
Their employees publish constant press releases, engage pro-actively in other countries, cooperate with Ukrainian and international newspapers and hold talks and campaigns. They do all of this with their main aims always in their mind: to counter Russian narrative and to improve communication and policy making platforms in Ukraine.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the speakers for coming and inspiring us to take action and also thank all participants for taking part in the event.
The first people to arrive were the officials, who we greeted in Kyiv on Friday, and who spent the entire weekend doing their training, which was hosted in Deloitte.
On Sunday, they were joined by the rest of the participants, who spent the evening together at the hotel at a casual event, in which some lovely appetizers were served and interactive activities were prepared by the organising team, while both participants and officials met each other and had time to talk.
However, it was on Monday morning that the Agora was opened by the Project Leaders and the President, who, before teambuilding, highlighted the aims of the event and what had inspired them to joining such a project. This opening and the teambulding were held in the National Sports Complex Olimpiyskiy, where the working groups will also gather.
In the evening there was an Opening Reception with violins playing in the background, great food and a splendid atmosphere. Amongst participants were a few guest speakers, such as the President of EYP Ukraine, Yegor Vlasenko, the Chairman of “Open Hearts Foundation,” Oleh Malkin, the Head of the KAS Office in Ukraine, Gabriele Baumann, and the Executive Director of the European Youth Parliament, Krista Simberg, who delivered speeches encouraging all participants to debate, find new perspectives and keep fighting.
The week is full of other exciting academic and evening activities, all of which will serve to broaden participants’ horizons and trigger debate and discussion. The participants are especially looking forward the following innovative events:
Cold War is over long time ago. The world of today is not black-and-white. It is diverse and utterly interconnected. Security is not an abstract word pronounced in dark corridors of governmental institutions anymore. If you have a cell phone, a computer, a credit card – it touches you. It concerns everyone. How can we assure fragile balance in this fast changing world? How do we get prepared to face new security challenges?
We believe it’s youth who will set the new security agenda in the 21 century. That’s why the International Forum of EYP-Ukraine “Agora on Security Kyiv” will strive to hack the old paradigms and rethink security for the better and more secure world. We invite you to ask questions, be critical and voice your ideas.
We look forward to welcoming you in our work on securing the future together!
In these complex times, it is my pleasure to invite you to take part in the Agora on Security Kyiv 2014. Whilst security has been put back on the international agenda after 9/11 globally, Europe and the European Union have always been considered a safe haven. But not only the recent developments in Ukraine have shown that threats to national sovereignty and citizens are immanent possible. The aspects of security in Europe reach far beyond the physical borders of the states. Balancing out the interests of the people of Europe and securing a stable political framework is one of the major challenges for the future. With an ever more globalised populace, the role of national borders is at discussion.
The Agora on Security Policy Kyiv 2014 will provide an open forum that will allow the participants to analyse existing political patterns to ensure security, understand their flaws and advantages and see and develop future strategies for security collaboration. ASK aims at leaving an impact on its participants and beyond. Breaking old patterns, its final results will have a more strategic approach, trying to envision security from various perspectives.
Martin Hoffmann Germany
I hope you will be there with us to shape a better Europe of the future!
Today we are honoured to introduce another person, whose support for Kyїv 2014 could not be overestimated. Yevgen Poltenko, Executive Director of the „Open Hearts Ukraine“ Foundation shares his thoughts about the project:
“Open Hearts Ukraine has been supporting the activities of Ukrainian National Committee of the EYP for more than 3 years already. The results of this cooperation are 11 educational projects. Hundreds of young people from Ukraine and abroad got an opportunity to come together, discuss global issues and create
their own solutions. I am certain, that International Session, which is to happen next autumn in Kyiv will become a step forward not only for European Youth Parliament – Ukraine, but also for the whole civic society in our country”