Alesia Iunikova, Head of the Center for International Relations at Rosatom Technical Academy - Chairman of the International Business Committee of the Women in the Nuclear Industry Foundation took part in the panel discussion on the topic «Future - Proof Skills» within the framework of the Youth Day which was held on the first day of the Vienna Energy Forum.
The other participants of different educational and public organizations: Sylwia Lyskawka, Youth Climate Council, Poland; Shuvajit Payne, Head of Education Department, Barefoot College, India; Juliette Leboda, Pour Reveil Ecologique representative, France etc.
The panel discussion centered on educational services and employment. The participants addressed the issues of critical skills that young people should master in order to work in the energy sector, which also ensure a smooth start of work on the energy market after training. The speakers pointed out the necessity for young people to constantly improve their interpersonal skills, timely respond to upcoming changes, have critical thinking and make quick decisions, have a flexible mind and strive for regular and continuous learning to meet the challenges of the era of rapid change.
In her address, Alesia Iunikova noted that “today the majority of young people on the planet (1.8 billion) mainly live in low-income countries that need steady supplies of electricity to achieve sustainable development goals. In 2018, the UN launched a youth strategy in support of the 2030 Agenda. Thus, it is the young generation that is the modern driver for achieving the SDGs."
The nuclear agenda was covered for the first time at the Vienna Energy Forum. Rafael Mariano Grossi, IAEA Director General, also participated as a speaker in the high-level panel session on «Winning the Race to Zero».
The Vienna Energy Forum (the Forum) is a biennial multi-stakeholder global forum devoted to the issues of development in the field of sustainable energy. Since 2008, when the Vienna Energy Forum was founded on the joint initiative of the Austrian government, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the UN Industrial Development Organization, it has been bringing together politicians and experts from all over the world who discuss practical solutions to sustainable development issues and develop approaches to the organization of cooperation and partnership. The Youth Day of the forum was organized for the first time in partnership with the SDG-7 Youth District.