UWC President Eugene Czolij met in Geneva with representatives of international organizations and participated in a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UWC
On 5 July 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij met with high-ranking representatives of international organizations and participated in a commemorative evening on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the UWC.
During the meetings, the UWC President called for the international community to ensure respect by the Russian Federation of the UN Charter and fundamental human rights. In this context, Eugene Czolij encouraged efforts contributing to the release by the Russian Federation of Ukrainian political prisoners and a reduction in the violations of the human, national and religious rights of the residents of the occupied territories of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, and support for the deployment of a permanent observer mission to Crimea. The UWC President noted the importance of international aid in response to the humanitarian needs in Ukraine resulting from the aggression of the Russian Federation, including the overwhelming number of internally displaced persons. Eugene Czolij also focused attention on the positive changes in Ukraine which is reforming, battling corruption and modernizing.
The UWC President delivered the keynote address during a commemorative event marking the 50th anniversary organized by the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN Branch and Other International Organizations in Geneva. In his address, Eugene Czolij highlighted the accomplishments of the UWC in furthering Ukrainian interests, drew attention to future plans and urged the Ukrainian community in Switzerland to continue working with the UWC to support Ukraine in defending its territorial integrity.
The commemorative program included a screening of the short documentary film 50 years of the Ukrainian World Congress.
During his visit to Geneva the UWC President was accompanied by Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Branch and Other International Organizations in Geneva Yurii Klymenko, First Secretary of the Branch Olha Kavun, and Director of the UWC Mission to International Organizations in Brussels Maryna Iaroshevych.
“The Ukrainian World Congress congratulates the Ukrainian community in Switzerland that joined in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UWC and calls for continued cooperation in furthering current Ukrainian issues globally,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.
List of individuals with whom the UWC President met:
Bal Salman, Chief of Political Affairs and Partnerships Section at the UN Office in Geneva
Dussey Christian, Director ofthe Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Filip Anda, Director for Member Parliaments and External Relations at the Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU)
Grigoreva Lidiya, NGO Liaison Officer at the UN Office in Geneva
Heinzer Lukas, First Secretarіat the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva
Klymenko Yurii, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Office and to other international organizations in Geneva
Müller Rudolf, Chief of the Emergency Services Branch at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Sarmad Ovais, Chief of Staff at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
In the photo from left: Y. Klymenko, E. Czolij and C. Dussey