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Videos about the UWC produced by the students of Lviv Polytechnic National University to celebrate the UWC 50th anniversary

  1. "What do you know about the Ukrainian World Congress?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L65Ec69Q1gY&t=35s
  2. "Counteraction to the Russian Federation propaganda" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz5aaRbqzEc&t=22s
  3. "Patriot Defence" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNcuRkFTr5Q&t=4s
  4. "Commemorating Holodomor victims" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMvD3mWiBkE&t=75s
  5. "Euromaidans in the world" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkN_5gnupbQ&t=34s
  6. "Ukrainian schools in the world" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRwvtbv_nEY&t=4s
  7. "Honouring the legacy of T. Shevchenko" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5KL4OB29tQ&t=136s
  8. "Ukrainian World Congress President" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxvWde2zFb8&t=152s

 


6 June 2017

UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS APPEAL

Celebrating 50 years in support of Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora

The Ukrainian World Congress is proud to be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 marking five decades of being the voice of the Ukrainian people within the international community.

In 1967, the Congress of Freedom united Ukrainians from 17 countries into a powerful voice of resistance to the totalitarian regime of the Soviet Union and created the World Congress of Free Ukrainians which, following the Proclamation of Ukraine’s Independence in 1991, was renamed the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC).

The UWC objectives have always been clear. In 1967 it was the renewal of an independent Ukrainian state. In 2017 it is the continued development of a democratic and prospering state. Concurrently the UWC actively promotes the rights and interests of all Ukrainians wherever they may live.

Throughout its 50-year history, the mission of the UWC has always been guided by the aspirations of the Ukrainian people.

During the Cold War, the UWC actively stood in defence of the human and national rights of the Ukrainian people and engaged the cooperation of international human rights organizations.

During the Orange Revolution, the UWC and its member organizations deployed over 2,500 international observers to Ukraine to monitor the elections.

During the EuroMaidan and the Revolution of Dignity, the UWC and its network mobilized the international community to condemn the disregard for the fundamental human rights of the Ukrainian people.

During the ongoing hybrid war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the UWC has engaged the international community, including the United Nations, European Union, NATO, OSCE and Council of Europe, in taking concrete action to support Ukraine, including sanctions against the Russian aggressor in response to the violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and humanitarian aid for the countless victims of this hybrid war. In 2017, the UWC opened a Mission to International Organizations in Brussels to further build and strengthen these relations.

Despite the challenges, a new Ukraine is evolving as it moves forward toward the European community.

Today, the UWC unites a network of Ukrainian communities in 53 countries with a common vision and speaks on behalf of 20 million Ukrainians around the world who work with unwavering belief in the strength and limitless potential of the people of Ukraine. The successes of the UWC over five decades are a result of the successes of all our communities.

The UWC has a great story to tell and it is our aim during this 50th anniversary year to not only amplify this story, but engage even more Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine in achieving this common vision of a new European Ukraine.

Our 50th anniversary celebrations began with a successful launch in Toronto, Canada, on 26 February 2017, followed by events in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Poland.

The main focus will be on Ukraine where the UWC is organizing a series of events and initiatives beginning with a gala celebration in Kyiv. The International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of Lviv Polytechnic National University is leading our awareness campaign in Ukraine with several initiatives designed specifically to share the story of the UWC and the Ukrainian diaspora with the people of Ukraine, including a travelling exhibit engaging students across Ukraine in learning about the diaspora.

A series of conferences will engage different regions of the world in a discussion about the future and the development of an international road map for the attainment of our common goals. Conferences are scheduled for Lviv, New York, Buenos Aires, Brussels and Toronto.

More information on the UWC 50th anniversary program is available on a specially designated UWC website: www.uwc50.org .

We live during a critical time in the history of the Ukrainian nation. On the one hand, young people continue to sacrifice their lives daily in a war with a Russian aggressor that refuses to allow the Ukrainian people to live freely on their own land. On the other hand, Ukraine is implementing serious reforms to fully comply with European standards and reduce corruption, as well as promote economic development.

The Ukrainian community can take pride in the glorious 50-year history of the UWC. With every year, the UWC has become stronger, more effectual and more influential. With your help, the UWC will continue to lead the Ukrainian community in the diaspora in promoting the human and national rights of all Ukrainians in the world and working with the people of Ukraine to mutually ensure that Ukraine succeeds in protecting its independence and territorial integrity, and becomes the greatest modern-day success story.

There is no stronger partner for the Ukrainian people in Ukraine and the diaspora than the UWC.

Become a supporter of the UWC. Your donation today will help to ensure that the UWC continues to grow and prosper for the benefit of a strong, bold, united and inspiring Ukrainian nation.

Wherever you live, the message is one: Ukrainians together – the future is ours!

Donations can be made:

  • Online: www.ukrainianworldcongress.org or
  • By cheque payable to “Ukrainian World Congress” (no tax receipt will be issued) or to “Ukrainian World Foundation” (tax receipts will be issued to Canadian residents). Please mail cheques to: Ukrainian World Congress, 145 Evans Ave., Suite 207, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8Z 5X8.

3 May 2017

Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij participated in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UWC in Poland

On 1 May 2017 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij participated in a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UWC in Poland organized by the UWC member organization, Union of Ukrainians in Poland.

The UWC President delivered the keynote address during the commemoration held at the Narodnyi Dim in Przemysl confiscated by the Polish communist regime in 1947 during Akcija "Wisla" and returned in 2011 to the Ukrainian community by the Polish governing authorities. With a historical overview of the UWC, Eugene Czolij focused on the many achievements of the organization throughout its 50-year history including the UWC's efforts to secure the return of the Narodniy Dim to the Ukrainian community in Poland.  He also called upon Ukrainians in Poland to continue working with the UWC and the Ukrainian diaspora in supporting Ukraine in the defence of its territorial integrity. 

The UWC President acknowledged volunteers in the Ukrainian community in Poland with Certificates of Recognition for their contribution to the development of Ukrainian community life in Poland.

The commemorative program also included a screening of the short documentary film 50 years of the Ukrainian World Congress.

“The Ukrainian World Congress congratulates the Ukrainian community in Poland on raising awareness of the UWC and its activities during this 50th anniversary year and calls for the further strengthening of its cooperation with the UWC in attaining common goals,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.


1 May 2017

Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij participated in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UWC in Portugal  

On 27-28 April 2017 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij participated in commemorations of the 50thanniversary of the UWC in Lisbon, Portugal, organized by the UWC member organization Association of Ukrainians in Portugal.

On two separate occasions, at the Embassy of Ukraine in Portugal and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lisbon, the UWC President delivered an address during which he highlighted the many achievements of the UWC throughout its history, and the key priorities of the UWC including continued support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian World Congress congratulates the Ukrainian community in Portugal on raising awareness of the UWC and its activities during this 50th anniversary year and calls for the further strengthening of its cooperation with the UWC in attaining common goals,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.


1 May 2017

Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij participated in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UWC in Spain

On 25 April 2017 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij participated in a commemoration of the 50thanniversary of the UWC in Madrid, Spain, organized by the Association “Ukrainian Community in Spain for the rights, honor and dignity of Ukrainians.”

The UWC President delivered the keynote address during the commemoration with which he presented a snapshot of the many accomplishments throughout a 50-year history in furthering the interests of Ukrainians and Ukraine. Highlighting the key priorities of the UWC, Eugene Czolij called upon Ukrainians in Spain to continue supporting Ukraine in the defence of its territorial integrity.

The program included a screening of the short documentary film 50 years of the Ukrainian World Congress and two videos produced about the UWC by students of Lviv Polytechnic National University: Countering propaganda of the Russian Federation and Remembering victims of the Holodomor.  

“The Ukrainian World Congress congratulates the Ukrainian community in Spain on promoting the work of the UWC with its 50th anniversary commemoration and calls for continued cooperation with the UWC in furthering common goals,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.


28 April 2017

UWC President Eugene Czolij participated in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UWC in Italy

On 23 April 2017 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij participated in a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UWC in Rome, Italy, organized by the Christian Association of Ukrainians in Italy, Organizing Committee for EuroMaidan Rome and St. Sophia Association.

The UWC President delivered the keynote address during the commemoration focusing on the key priorities of the UWC with a historical overview including the many achievements of the organization throughout its 50-year history. Eugene Czolij called upon Ukrainians in Italy to continue supporting Ukraine in the defence of its territorial integrity.

The UWC President acknowledged volunteers in the Ukrainian community in Italy with Certificates of Recognition for their contribution to the development of Ukrainian community life in Italy.

The concert program included a screening of the short documentary film 50 years of the Ukrainian World Congress and performances by local Ukrainian artists.

Later that evening Eugene Czolij participated in Divine Liturgy at St. Sophia Sobor.

“The Ukrainian World Congress congratulates the Ukrainian community in Italy on raising awareness of the UWC with its 50th anniversary commemoration and calls for continued cooperation with the UWC in furthering common goals,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij. 

A report on the visit to Italy is available HERE .


28 April 2017

UWC President Eugene Czolij participated in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UWC in Greece

On 20-23 April 2017 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij fulfilled a working visit to Athens, Greece, in the framework of commemorations marking the 50th anniversary of the UWC.

On 22 April 2017 the UWC President delivered the keynote address during a banquet to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UWC organized by the UWC member organization, Association of the Ukrainian Diaspora in Greece “Ukrainian-Hellenic Thought”, chaired by Halyna Masliuk. In his address Eugene Czolij highlighted the many achievements of the UWC throughout its 50-year history and called upon Ukrainians in Greece to continue supporting Ukraine in the defence of its territorial integrity.

Volunteers in the Ukrainian community in Greece and Greek friends of Ukraine were acknowledged by the UWC President with Certificates of Recognition for their contribution to the development of Ukrainian community life in Greece.

The evening program included a screening of the short documentary film 50 years of the Ukrainian World Congress and performances by local artists.

The Ukrainian community in Greece and representatives of UWC member organizations from Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal and the United States, were joined at the commemoration by Chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of Ukraine in Greece Nataliia Kosenko, mayors and representatives of the municipalities of Athens, Zohraf, Penteli, Perama, Mandra-Idyllia, and representatives of political, diplomatic, academic and cultural circles of Greece and Ukraine.

Banquet guests received small mementos crafted by members of the Greek community in Mariupol, Ukraine, as a symbol of the centuries-old ties between the Ukrainian and Greek peoples.

Earlier that day Eugene Czolij visited the Ukrainian heritage school sponsored by the Association of the Ukrainian Diaspora in Greece “Ukrainian-Hellenic Thought” where he delivered a message to students on the importance of maintaining one’s heritage.

The UWC President also discussed effective means of cooperation to further Ukrainian interests during a meeting with representatives of UWC member organizations from Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal and the United States.

On 21 April 2017 the UWC President participated in Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Athens, and addressed the local community on the activities of the UWC.

During these events Eugene Czolij was joined by UWC First Vice President and President of the European Congress of Ukrainians Jaroszlava Hartyanyi, UWC Secretary-General and President of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations Stefan Romaniw, UWC Vice President and President of the Congress of Ukrainians in Estonia Vira Konyk, Chair of the UWC International Task Force to Stop Human Trafficking and President of the Association of the Ukrainian Diaspora in Greece “Ukrainian-Hellenic Thought” Halyna Masliuk and Director of the UWC Mission to International Organizations in Brussels Maryna Iaroshevych.

“The Ukrainian World Congress congratulates the Ukrainian community in Greece on raising awareness of the UWC and its activities during this 50th anniversary year and calls for the further strengthening of its cooperation with the UWC in attaining common goals,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.

 A report on the visit to Greece is available HERE .


 4 April 2017

UWC congratulates students of Lviv Polytechnic National University on video project “Youth about Ukrainian World Congress”

UWC congratulates the students of Lviv Polytechnic National University who produced a video project “Youth about the Ukrainian World Congress” to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The project, initiated by the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations (IIECDR) of Lviv Polytechnic to engage students in learning about the UWC and the Ukrainian diaspora, was presented at this educational institution on 29 March 2017 at an event attended by Lviv Polytechnic Rector Dr. Yuriy Bobalo, IIECDR Director Dr. Iryna Kluchkovska, Chair of the UWC 50th Anniversary Committee Irene Mycak, Director of the UWC Mission to Ukraine Serhiy Kasyanchuk, and over 200 students and faculty.

Addressing the students, Irene Mycak shared the goals of the UWC in this anniversary year which include raising awareness of the UWC and the Ukrainian diaspora, and emphasizing the fact that all Ukrainians are an integral part of a strong force that will continue to shape the Ukrainian future.

In their eight (8) videos the students captured the main activities of the UWC in various spheres.

The video project is the first 50th anniversary project launched in Ukraine and one of a series of IIECDR 50th anniversary initiatives including a social media project featuring daily quotes about the UWC and a travelling exhibit about the UWC that will be visiting educational institutions and community events throughout Ukraine.

“This video project is a wonderful example of building bridges between the people of Ukraine and Ukrainians around the world, and we look forward to the videos being shared as widely as possible throughout this anniversary year,” stated Chair of the UWC 50th Anniversary Committee Irene Mycak.

Links to the videos are available on the UWC web site HERE.

More information on the project “Youth about the Ukrainian World Congress” is available HERE.

 


6 March 2017

UWC welcomes project of the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of Lviv Polytechnic National University 

“Quotes about the meaning and work of the WCFU and UWC”

UWC welcomes the project “Quotes about the meaning and work of the WCFU and UWC” launched in the framework of the 50th anniversary of the UWC by the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations (IIECDR) of Lviv Polytechnic National University under the leadership of Director Dr. Iryna Kluchkovska.

The social media campaign will compile and present quotes about the UWC,and its predecessor,  World Congress of Free Ukrainians (WCFU), from a broad spectrum of individuals including Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian church, community and political leaders from around the world. The campaign designed for social media sites will raise awareness of the past and present achievements of the UWC, and its relevance throughout its 50-year history.

The project is one of several that will be produced by the IIECDR throughout 2017, including a travelling exhibit about the UWC that will primarily engage students at Ukrainian educational institutions and include a digital media component.

The IIECDR will also be hosting Ukrainians from around the world on 27-29 August 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine, for three days of commemorative events.

“The Ukrainian World Congress is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations in celebrating 50 years of the UWC with awareness raising initiatives that will serve to further unite the Ukrainian people at a critical juncture in history,” stated Chair of the UWC 50th Anniversary Committee Iryna Mycak.

The UWC encourages everyone to participate in the social media campaign by sharing the quotes that will appear daily on the Facebook pages of both the IIECDR https://www.facebook.com/MIOK.LVIV.UA and the UWC https://www.facebook.com/UWCongress/ .

 


3 March 2017

UWC launches 50th anniversary celebrations in Toronto

On 26 February 2017, in Toronto, Canada, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) officially launched celebrations of its 50th anniversary of uniting Ukrainian communities around the world in furthering the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people under the motto Ukrainians together – the future is ours!

Paying tribute to the founders, presidents and dedicated UWC leadership throughout history, the program offered the audience a glimpse into the past of the UWC, its many achievements and the strength of this coordinating body today as supported by its network of Ukrainian communities in 53 countries.

A brief history of the UWC was presented with the screening of a documentary film titled 50 years of the Ukrainian World Congress produced by Iryna Korpan.

UWC President Eugene Czolij delivered an address during which he recognized the important role of the UWC as the voice of the Ukrainian people among the international community, and the increasing significance of this role in light of the unrelenting hybrid war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. Eugene Czolij called for even greater mobilization of the Ukrainian community into a united effort focused on supporting Ukraine during this crisis of international proportion. The UWC President expressed gratitude to the past and present leadership of the UWC for their dedicated work, and to all donors to the UWC for their ongoing support which enables the UWC to independently fulfill its mandate.

The Chair of the UWC 50th Anniversary Committee Iryna Mycak presented the plans for 2017 which are designed to raise awareness of the UWC and to include, with a varied program of events, Ukrainian communities throughout the 53-country network, Ukrainians in Ukraine, and every Ukrainian and friend of Ukraine around the world. Among the highlights will be a series of conferences designed to develop a road map for the future of the UWC scheduled for the cities of Buenos Aires, Brussels, Lviv, New York and Toronto. Signature events will be held in Kyiv and Lviv, Ukraine, in August, and Toronto, Canada in November.

The program also included greetings from Bishop Andriy of the Eastern Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Consul General of Ukraine in Toronto Andrii Veselovskyi, Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Paul Grod, and video greetings from Director of the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of Lviv Polytechnic Dr. Iryna Kluchkovska and Ukrainian communities around the world.

“The UWC calls upon its global network of Ukrainian communities, organizations in Ukraine and the international community to mark the 50thanniversary of the UWC, and thereby demonstrate solidarity and support for its activities,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.

“Imagine harnessing into one powerful force the energy and dedication of every Ukrainian worldwide who believes in Ukraine’s limitless potential. That force is the Ukrainian World Congress,” stated UWC 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Iryna Mycak. “We invite the world to join us in celebrating this joint milestone.” 


UWC prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017

In 2017 the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is preparing to celebrate 50 years of success in uniting Ukrainian communities worldwide to further the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, and promote a common vision for the future.

The UWC aims to engage with its commemorative program communities in all of the 53 countries in which the UWC has direct ties, every Ukrainian and friend of Ukraine around the world, and the broader international community.

To spearhead the celebrations, the UWC Board of Directors has appointed a UWC 50th Anniversary Committee chaired by Irene Mycak (Canada) and including the following members: Eugene Czolij (Canada), Jaroszlava Hartyanyi (Hungary), Orysia Sushko (Canada), Stefan Romaniw (Australia), Zenon Potichny (Canada), Anna Kisil (Canada), Walter Zaryckyj (USA), Yuri Chopyk (Spain) and Iryna Kluchkovska (Ukraine).

“I encourage our organizations to join our common celebration of UWC’s 50th anniversary by spearheading initiatives in your communities and sharing our joint successes and goals with the world,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.



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