International Youth Forum “Brussels Dialogue-2020”. "Shared history and common future. 75 years responsibility for peace"

“Brussels Dialogue” is a unique international youth dialogue platform for young people in Russia and Europe, organized by Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels.

The first forum was held on October 26, 2019 and gathered more than 300 participants. The event aroused great response and interest among European and Belgian youth. Topics covered included: academic diplomacy, public diplomacy, the economic future and new technologies.

In 2020, in the year of the 75th anniversary of Victory and the end of the Second World War and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the second forum "Brussels Dialogue" it is planned to be held on 9-10 October 2020 (in online/ "hybrid" format). The Forum will be dedicated to the preservation of historical memory, as well as to the role of international cooperation within the UN and the Council of Europe and the role of youth in the 21st century to ensure and develop world peace established after World War II.

The topic: “Shared history and common future. 75 years responsibility for peace”

The program includes three main areas for discussion:

- Discussion platform No. 1

"History lessons: facts and fakes"

- Interactive Platform No. 2 -

"WWII Aftershock: the United Nations and the Council of Europe"

- Discussion platform No. 3

"The role of youth in building peace: yesterday, today, tomorrow."

with key speakers from Russia, Belgium, European organizations and the UN.

- Forsythe Session: "Common History of the future: 100th anniversary of the end of World War II and the UN-100".

Main partners:

- Rossotrudnichestvo;

- Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund;

- MGIMO-University, Diplomatic Academy, Moscow State University, Moscow State Linguistic University, Russian State University of People’s Friendship;

- Global Alumni Alliance;

- Members of the Expert Council at Rossotrudnichestvo;

- The Russian Historical Society and the Belgian Historical Society;

- College of Europe;

- Universities in Belgium: University of Mons, ULB University, VUB University, KU Leuven, University of Ghent, University of Antwerp, University of Liège, etc.;

- United Nations specialized institutes (offices in Russia and Europe);

- Youth Department of the Council of Europe and specialized structures of the European Union;

- European Youth Forum and members;

- National Youth Councils of Russia and Belgium;

- Russian and Belgian journalists.

Forum participants

Representatives of youth and student associations, youth councils, journalists, young entrepreneurs, representatives of scientific, political, information circles, young professionals and experts in various fields, specialists in youth policy, public diplomacy and all those who care about our common future, aged 18 to 35 years.

Working language: English/ simultaneous translation into Russian

Time and vanue:

9 - 10 October online / "hybrid" format

12:00 - 18:00 - the main part of the program (expert meeting with online inputs)

19:00 - 21:00 - film screening and evening event / dialogue concert of young performers from Russia and Belgium (Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels).


International Youth Forum “Brussels dialogue-2020”

"Shared history and common future. 75 years of responsibility for peace"




1st Day – 9 October 2020

13:30 – 14:00

Registration of the participants (online/ offline)

14:00 – 14:30


Welcome speech

  • H.E. Alexander TOKOVININ,

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Belgium

  • Evgeny PRIMAKOV, head of Rossotrudnichestvo (ТВС)
  • François de BRIGODE, journalist of the Belgian channel “1RTBF“ (ТВС)
  • Vera BUNINA, Director of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels

Moderator: Marco GOMBACCI, Vice-President of DEMYC, youth NGO “Democrat Youth Community of Europe” chief editor of “the European Post” 


14:30 – 16:00

Discussion platform No. 1

“History lessons: facts and fakes”


In the modern world the end of the Second World War and the victory over fascist Germany are estimated differently: some - as a life-changing event for all mankind, others seek to shade it, distort the historical truth, to diminish the role of the Soviet Union in the victory over German fascism and Japanese militarism.

After the end of the Cold War, accents in the analysis of the history of the XX century shifted: the list of victims and aggressors of World War II is being revised, the concept of multilateralism appears in approaches to history, new assessments and interpretations of the events and results of the war appear. The Yalta-Potsdam system of world order, in which we have been living for 75 years after the Victory over fascism, is becoming the subject of various kinds of discussions.

Despite the fact that more and more archival documents have been opened, a large number of studies have been written, interviews and eyewitness diaries have been published, more and more myths about the war are being produced in the media space, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find true historical facts.

The speakers will share their views on how youth organizations can influence information policy in order to preserve the true story of World War II, how to separate facts from fakes.

Topics for discussion:

- World War II and the "myths" about it;

- The principle of multilateralism and the revision of history in international practice. What will be the memory of the Second World War in the future?

- Is it possible to preserve the historical truth? What is the threat of its transformation?

- What can be the formula for preserving history for future generations?

- The role of youth scientific communities and NGOs in preserving history without distortion.

Expert from Russia: representative of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations MGIMO University

European Union expert: representative of the education department of AGORA BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts Brussels

US expert: representative of Fletcher School, Fletcher School TUFTS University 

Moderator: Anastasia POPOVA, VGTRK RussiaTV correspondent in Belgium


16:00 – 16:30


(Russian Centre video presentation)

16:30 – 18:00

Discussion platform No. 2

“WWII Aftershock: the United Nations and the Council of Europe”


The creation of the United Nations and the Council of Europe was the result of the agreement of the founding members that the tragedies of the Second World War would never (never again) be repeated; a commitment to shared values of justice, human rights and democracy should enable humanity to overcome the horrors of Nazism, racism and aggressive nationalism and prevent their recurrence.

The first attempts to form a single international organization were made after the devastating World War I by creating the League of Nations. But the countries could not reach a final agreement, and the League could not prevent the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

On 26 June 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on the Establishment of an International Organization to sign the Charter of the United Nations. The main task of the United Nations is to maintain and strengthen international peace and security, to develop cooperation between states.

The main objective of the Council of Europe, founded in May 1949, was "to achieve a closer union among its members to defend and promote the ideals and principles that are their common heritage and to contribute to their economic and social progress". In establishing the Council of Europe, the founding countries were convinced that "the promotion of peace based on justice and international cooperation is vital to preserve human society and civilization". 

Topics for discussion:

- The role of the United Nations and the Council of Europe in maintaining peace and achieving sustainable development goals;

- Contemporary challenges and threats faced by international organizations;

- What future will we live in? International organizations in the 21st century and youth

UN expert: representative of the UN Information Centre

Expert from the UN youth sector: representative of the National Youth Council of Belgium, UN Youth Delegate Programme - UN Youth 

Expert from the non-governmental sector: representative of the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (YPAN) 

Council of Europe expert: representative of the Council of Europe Office in Brussels

Moderator: TBC

18:00 – 19:00

“Dialogue Atelier” (conclusion of the first session)

Small group discussion on the preservation of history: “Memories and lessons of the Second World War”

Organiser: Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund

Moderators: Anastasia POPOVA, VGTRK RussiaTV correspondent in Belgium 

Thierry MONFORTI, Director of Academic Service and Admissions at the College of Europe 

19:00 – 21:30

Evening event

“PEACE CineClub”

Film demonstration

("The Wave [Die Welle]", German socio-political thriller film directed by directed by Dennis Gansel, 2008, 107 min).


A special project is being carried out at the German Gymnasium: within a week pupils will study one of the political systems of their own choice. Teacher Rainer Wenger (Jürgen Vogel) would like to teach a course on "Anarchy", which is close to his spirit, but he gets "Autocracy". The pupils who come to the class do not believe that a dictatorship can be established in modern Germany. Wenger begins an experiment designed to show how easy it is to manipulate the masses…

Discussion of the film with experts and young film directors from Russia and Belgium.


2nd Day –  10 October 2020

11:30 – 12:00

Registration of the participants (online/ offline)

12:00 – 15:00

Interactive game:


“Common history of the future: 100th anniversary of the end of World War II and UN-100”

Foresight session is a long-term forecasting technology, a way to build a coherent, balanced and responsible image of the future. It is based on technologies for working with large expert panels. At the same time, a combination of various methods and technologies of work ensures the formation of a coherent idea of the probabilistic future - lists of promising technologies, development scenarios, probabilistic products, etc. The result of the Foresight is a general image of the future that is clear and acceptable to all participants.

Forum participants in teams will predict various scenarios for the future world 100 years after World War II and will review the activities of the United Nations.

Organisers: Global Alumni Alliance

Experts: MGIMO-University, RUDN University, HSE, Gorchakov Foundation, College of Europe, KU Leuven, ULB

15:00 – 15:30


Online video presentations of youth and student organisations

Experts: College of Europe, KU Leuven, ULB, MGIMO, National Youth Council of Russia, National Youth Councils of Belgium

15:30 – 17:00

Discussion platform No. 3

“The role of youth in peace-building: yesterday, today, tomorrow”


The active participation of young people in the development of the modern world order can significantly change the situation in the prevention of military conflicts. A counterproductive policy is that youth is seen as a challenge or problem rather than an irreplaceable asset and partner in the development of peaceful communities.

In December 2015, the UN Security Council adopted its 1st Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security, marking a significant shift towards recognizing the role of young people as agents of peace. On July 14, 2020, the UN Security Council adopted the 3rd Resolution on "Youth, Peace and Security".

The Council of Europe sets as one of the priorities of youth policy for the coming years the development of peacemaking, conflict resolution and promotion of intercultural dialogue programmes among young people. 

It is proposed to discuss during the session the ways to support youth and youth-led organizations in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities in peacebuilding and security, promoting their equal and full participation at all levels of decision-making.

Experts will speak about the youth initiatives of the United Nations and the Council of Europe, whether they meet the modern interests of the young generation and approaches to achieving the goals of Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

Topics for discussion:

- Programmes of International Organizations for Youth - are they sufficient?

- Youth political and scientific elites as subject of the world order

- Is the voice of youth heard on the international stage?

- Youth and sustainable development goals

Expert from the UN Youth Sector: Representative of the Office of the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Youth / Representative of the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum

Expert from Russia: Representative of the Russian International Affairs Council

Expert from the youth sector of the Council of Europe: representative of the Advisory Council on Youth of Council of Europe

Expert from the OSCE Youth Sector: Representative of the Office of the OSCE Special Envoy for Youth and Security

Expert from the European Youth Forum: Representative of the European Youth Forum

Moderator: Vladimir CHETIY, Founder and President of the Global Alumni Alliance of Higher Education Graduates



(Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels)

Russian and Belgian performers:

participants in the “Tavrida” Art Cluster projects and a Belgian jazz band