Panel Discussion on “Free Elections and the Right to Information in Post-Truth World” at WFYS

Panel Discussion on “Free Elections and the Right to Information in Post-Truth World” at WFYS

17 October 2017

October 17th, MGIMO continued its contribution to the work of the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, in the framework of a panel discussion on “Free Elections and the Right to Information in a Post-Truth World” and during Model G-20 and Model UN simulations.

The panel discussion dedicated to free elections and the right to information took place with the participation of Ella Pamfilova, Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Russia, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Director of the United Nations Information Center in Moscow, Maria Zakharova, Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and Dalbir Singh, National Secretary at the All India Congress Committee.

The discussion was moderated by MGIMO’s Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs, Andrey Baykov, who in his welcome speech underlined the gap between the processes of globalization and regionalization. The guests spoke about the need for structural changes within the UN, Russian information policy, the experience of developing a democracy, the need to go beyond “beautiful pictures” to assess the reality of a situation and the interpretation of truth in the modern world.

The following panels on "The Role of International Organizations in the New World Order" and “The Rule of Law in International Relations” involved speakers from Moscow State University, MGIMO, the UN and governmental bodies. After a presentation on how organize games simulating the work of major regional and international organizations, the audience was given the opportunity to practice their skills at conflict resolution in a Model G20 and a Model UN.

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