Australian community advocates for Ukraine’s interests

March 14,2024 422
Australian community advocates for Ukraine’s interests

The Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations (AFUO) conducts advocacy activities supporting Ukraine. On February 26-27, community leaders held official meetings with Australian politicians in Canberra, the country’s capital, as reported by Kateryna Argyrou, a UWC Board of Directors member and AFUO Co-Chair.

Two days were dedicated to meetings with Australian politicians, including Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament and political advisers. Stefan Romaniw [the UWC First Vice President and Co-Chair of the AFUO – ed.], Chrestyna Kmetj [an active member of the Ukrainian community in Australia – ed.] and I attended over 20 meetings and advocated for 4 things on behalf of our Ukrainian community in Australia: additional military aid for Ukraine; pathways to permanent residency for displaced Ukrainians; reopening of the Australian embassy in Kyiv; and “Whole of Government” approach to support for Ukraine,” Argyrou wrote.

The “Whole of Government” approach to government policy involves collaborative efforts undertaken by various ministries, government administrations, and state institutions to address specific issues or questions collectively.

Additionally, leaders of the Australian community met with the Ukrainian community in Canberra, thanked them for their tireless work supporting Ukraine, and shared the outcomes of their meetings with the Australian political establishment.

Cover: Argyrou on Facebook

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