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UWC joins Halifax International Security Forum

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November 21,2023 526
UWC joins Halifax International Security Forum

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) participated in the annual Halifax International Security Forum held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, from November 17 to 19. Renowned as one of the globe’s premier security conferences for democratic nations, this year’s event centered exclusively on Ukraine, with all discussion panels devoted to addressing its concerns and challenges.

Delegates from numerous nations participated in the conference, representing the worldwide Ukrainian community by UWC President Paul Grod, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alexandra Chyczij, and Andriy Shevchenko, the Head of the UWC Mission to Ukraine.

UWC President Paul Grod expressed gratitude to UCC President Alexandra Chyczij for her commendable leadership and the UCC’s impactful efforts in aiding Ukraine. Grod bestowed upon President Chyczij a distinctive tribute from UWC, presenting her with a replicated version of the 11th-century Ukrainian currency, the Hryvnia. Notably, this replica of Hryvnia was crafted using recycled artillery shells retrieved from the forefront of Ukraine’s conflict zones.

UCC President Alexandra Chyczij and UWC President Paul Grod.

The overwhelming opinion during the presentations and meetings was that Ukraine is the key to the future of conflicts globally.  If Ukraine does not prevail, the rules-based international order will crumble, and China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea will have a free hand to invade and dictate terms to other sovereign nations.

UWC President Paul Grod and Canada’s Minister of Defence Bill Blair.

On the sidelines of the conference, Paul Grod met with Canada’s Minister of Defence, Bill Blair; Estonia’s Minister of Defence, Hanno Pevkur; Lithuania’s Minister of National Defence, Arvydas Anušauskas, Alicia Kearns, MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, UK House of Commons, as well as Taras Zalusky, Chief of Staff at Minister of Defense of Canada.