The opening ceremonies of Youth Forum 2006 began with remarks from Mihail Vestea (pictured right), Mayor of the Forum's host town in Predeal, Romania. Mayor Vestea welcomed all the participants and highlighted the importance of discussing the allocation of water resources, a governing challenge that he himself has experienced.
The opening assembly was hosted by Catalina Secreteanu (pictured left), who introduced the organizers of the Forum and representatives of IDEA. A representative of the local police force also addressed the group, warning participants to exercise caution in their surroundings, where bears have been sighted after dark. Most importantly, the 31 participating countries were officially welcomed to the Forum. Special notice was given to Burma, which is participating for the very first time!