Information on the UWC
BRIEF SUMMARY ABOUT THE 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 United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization with special consultative status.
The UWC has a network of member organizations and ties with Ukrainians in 53 countries.
In 2017, the UWC is commemorating its 50th anniversary.
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 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 Activities in 2015-2016
During 2015-16 the UWC focused attention primarily on strengthening the support of the international community for Ukraine and furthering the following priorities for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people throughout the world:
- Defence of the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine as it relates to the hybrid war of the Russian Federation:
- Providing Ukraine with military aid to stop Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine and intensifying the pressure on the Russian Federation to de-occupy Crimea;
- Increasing and strengthening targeted economic sanctions against the Russian Federation until it fully complies with the Minsk agreements and de-occupies Crimea; and
- Deploying a police mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Eastern Ukraine to assist with compliance by the Russian Federation of the Minsk agreements.
- Protection of the human rights and national freedoms of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars being violated as a consequence of Russian aggression:
- Monitoring by high-level international institutions of the violations by the Russian Federation of human rights and national freedoms in illegally occupied Crimea, including those of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and on the Eastern Ukrainian territories under control of the Russian Federation; and
- Monitoring by high-level international institutions of the judicial proceedings over Ukrainian political prisoners illegally detained by Russian governing authorities and assisting with efforts to secure their release.
- Providing Ukraine an aid package to assist with overcoming the consequences of Russian aggression and addressing priority economic, security and humanitarian needs.
- Support for the European integration of Ukraine:
- Full ratification by the European Union (EU) of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement;
- Implementation of the visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens travelling to Schengen Area EU member states; and
- Acknowledgement of, and full support for reforms in Ukraine by the international community.
- Countering the Russian disinformation campaign:
- Disseminating information throughout the world on the imperialistic actions of the Russian Federation in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine;
- Supporting the activities of East Stratcom in its implementation of the Action Plan on Strategic Communication of the European External Action Service; and
- Presenting the international community with factual information from the history of Ukraine, particularly on the Holodomor of 1932-33, the Chornobyl nuclear catastrophe, the Revolution of Dignity, and the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people.
- Promotion of the positive image of Ukraine by sharing information on the new, democratic, reform-minded European Ukraine.
- Defence of the human rights and national freedoms of Ukrainians around the world.
UWC Humanitarian Initiatives
UWC humanitarian initiatives include the project Patriot Defence and notably the following programs that operate within its framework:
- Combat Lifesaver Courses;
- Long Range Patrol Medic Program; and
- Trauma Life Support Program.
As of 30 September 2016, 31,282 Ukrainian defenders and cadets completed Combat Lifesaver Courses and over 21,000 NATO-standard Individual First Aid Kits (IFAK) have been distributed. The Long Range Patrol Medic Program has provided training to 277 soldiers and 194 tactical medical backpacks were distributed. In the Trauma Life Support Program 97 military and 105 civilian doctors have been trained in accordance with international medical standards.
The Second International Conference on Tactical Medicine in Ukraine titled Tactical Medicine in Ukraine: Introduction into Military and Law Enforcement Academic Institutions and Training Programs was held in March 2016.
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, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and OSCE.
In 2015-16 the UWC President addressed the following international forums:
- 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, 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, Brussels, Belgium;
- 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, 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, 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, Warsaw, Poland;
- 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, Washington, USA;
- National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America on the topic Security Challenges Facing the West, Washington, USA;
- Strategic session of the Atlantic Council on Ukraine, Washington, USA;
- Conference organized by the foundation Brand New Ukraine titled Successes and failures in reforming Ukraine, The Hague, Netherlands; and
- Conference organized by the Nexus Institute, Battle for Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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.: +380442533347 and +380442534228
UWC Liaison Officer to International Organizations
72 Boulevard Charlemagne
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: +32 489 629 049
UWC Humanitarian Initiatives
01001, Kyiv, а/с 428, Ukraine
UWC Network: 53 countries
The UWC has a network of Ukrainian member organizations in the following 34 countries: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 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 14 countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Chile, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mozambique, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates.
Additional information about the UWC is available in the English and Ukrainian languages on its website: www.ukrainianworldcongress.org.