Information on the UWC
UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC is recognized by the UnitedNations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization with special consultative status.
In 2017, the UWC is commemorating its 50th anniversary.
The UWC has a network of member organizations and ties with Ukrainians in 53 countries.
The UWC has a network of Ukrainian member organizations in the following 35 countries: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland, United States of America and Uzbekistan.
The UWC also has associate member organizations in the following 5 countries: Netherlands, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey.
The UWC also maintains ties with Ukrainians in the following 13 countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Chile, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mozambique, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates.
Purposes and objects of the UWC
The purposes and objects of the UWC are to:
- promote the solidarity and represent the interests of the Ukrainian people throughout the world;
- foster and coordinate an international network of member organizations that support and promote the development of Ukrainian religious, linguistic, spiritual, historical, cultural, and social heritage;
- support the independence, territorial integrity, national identity and economic prosperity of Ukraine;
- strengthen the bonds of Ukrainian communities and Ukrainians in the diaspora with Ukraine, including government and civil society;
- secure the rights, status and interests of Ukrainians and Ukrainian communities, and to defend them wherever they are denied, violated or threatened;
- promote democracy and human rights around the world, including monitoring democratic processes such as elections and referendums; and
- cooperate with governments, nations, organizations, and individuals, to accomplish the above goals in the spirit of peace, freedom, equality and justice.
UWC Councils and Committees
Twelve (12) UWC standing councils and committees work actively to address questions that define Ukrainian community life. Theseinclude human and civil rights, UN matters, awareness of the Holodomor in the international community, education, social services, assistance to Ukrainian citizens living abroad, scholarly matters, culture, the fight against human trafficking, media, sport and the cooperative movement.
The UWC also has a Directorate for Humanitarian Initiatives (including Patriot Defence), Coordinating Committee in Support of Ukraine, Committee in Support of the Economic Development of Ukraine, and an International UWC 50th Anniversary Committee.
Current UWC activities
The UWC promotes the consolidation of the global Ukrainian community; strengthens and builds its network, and promotes current Ukrainian issues on the international level.
The UWC focuses on: strengthening the international coalition in supporting Ukraine in the defence of its territorial integrity; the release of Ukrainian political prisoners imprisoned by Russian governing authorities, and the defence of human, national and religious rights of Ukrainians in illegally occupied Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, and Ukrainians in the Russian Federation; countering Russian disinformation and disseminating factual information about Ukraine by sharing its progress in reforming, modernizing and combatting corruption; providing Ukraine with humanitarian aid to overcome the consequences of Russian aggression; support for Euro-integration processes and its membership in the European Union; support for the Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine and its membership in NATO; the provision by the international community of economic and technical support for Ukraine and promoting a Marshal Plan for Ukraine; issuing a Tomos of Autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyivan Patriarchate; recognition of the Patriarchal status of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church; recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-33 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people as already recognized by 17 countries; and finding common ground on historical Ukrainian-Polish issues through education and reconciliation.
UWC’s Cooperation with International Institutions
The UWC is actively promoting relevant Ukrainian issues during international forums and meetings with high‑ranking officials of the UN, EU, Council of Europe, NATO and OSCE.
In 2015-17 the UWC President Eugene Czolij addressed the following international forums:
- Conference sponsored by the American Foreign Policy Council, Center for US-Ukrainian Relations, International Republican Institute, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, National Democratic Institute, Polish Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation and Open World Leadership Center on the topic A Special Look at the Ukrainian Minority in Russia, 1 October 2015, Washington, USA;
- National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America on the topic Security Challenges Facing the West, 12 November 2015, Washington, USA;
- Session of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the Political consequences of the crisis in Ukraine, 7 December 2015, Brussels, Belgium;
- Session of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee of the European Parliament dedicated to the Exchange of views on EU strategic communication and the hybrid war in Ukraine, 8 December 2015, Brussels, Belgium;
- Conference organized by the foundation Brand New Ukraine on the topic Successes and failures in reforming Ukraine, 29 March 2016, The Hague, Netherlands;
- Conference organized by the Nexus Institute on the topic Battle for Europe, 2 April 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands;
- Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security in response to the report Ukraine’s two wars: protecting independence and implementing real reforms,28 May 2016, Tirana, Albania;
- Side Event of the 25th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on the topic Violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Crimea, 2 July 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia;
- Warsaw Summit Experts' Forum - NATO in Defence of Peace: 2016 and Beyond, on the topic Preserving peace by fostering freedom, justice and security to the wider world, 9 July 2016, Warsaw, Poland;
- Ukrainian Parliamentary hearings on the topic 75th anniversary of the tragedy of Babyn Yar: lessons of history and the present, 27 September 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine;
- Meeting of the NATO Partnerships and Cooperative Security Committee with political advisors and deputy heads of missions on the topic of support for Ukraine in the war against Russian aggression, 21 February 2017, Brussels, Belgium;
- Side Event in the framework of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on the topic Strengthening energy security in the OSCE region, 23 February 2017, Vienna, Austria;
- Academic conference on the topic Hellenism in Ukraine: Historical factors, the present and perspectives organized by the Association of the Ukrainian Diaspora in -Hellenic Thought under the auspices of the Academy of Science for Higher Education of Ukraine, 23 April 2017, Athens, Greece;
- Expert Forum of the Warsaw Summit “360/OS Open Source” on the panel What the Fact?, 7 July 2017, Warsaw, Poland;
- Public lecture on the topic EU attitudes towards former Warsaw Pact states and former Soviet republics at the Centre for European Studies of the Australian National University, 9 August 2017, Canberra, Australia; and
- Roundtable on the topic The UWC at 50 and Beyond: the Australian Context at the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University, 10 August, 2017, Melbourne, Australia.
UWC Councils and Committees
Twelve UWC standing councils and committees work actively to address questions that define Ukrainian community life. These include human and civil rights, UN matters, awareness of the Holodomor in the international community, education, social services, assistance to Ukrainian citizens living abroad, scholarly matters, culture, the fight against human trafficking, media, sport and the cooperative movement.
The UWC also has a Coordinating Committee in Support of Ukraine, a Committee in Support of the Economic Development of Ukraine, and an International UWC 50th Anniversary Committee.
UWC Head Office
145 Evans Ave., Suite 207
Toronto, ON M8Z 5X8 Canada
Tel.: (416) 323-3020
Fax: (416) 323-3250
UWC Mission to Ukraine
01023, Kyiv, Lypskyi provulok 3, Suite 6
Tel.: +380 44 253 33 47 and +380 44 253 42 28
UWC Mission to International Organizations in Brussels
72 Boulevard Charlemagne
1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: +32 489 629 049 (M. Iaroshevych) and +32472 602 487 (D. Panchuk)
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