Vasyl Yakovych Shevchuk (born January 19, 1954) was Ukraine’s environment minister in 1998-2000 and 2002-2003 and a deputy minister of economy for sustainable development in 1993-1998. Under his leadership, Kyiv hosted the UN “Environment for Europe” Fifth Ministerial Conference in 2003. Shevchuk also held scientific and advisory positions at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and at the Parliament of Ukraine (at the Speaker’s Secretariat and the Institute of Legislation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine).
Shevchuk has been the President of Ukraine Nature Conservation Society (UkrTOP) since 2002 and previously volunteered and served on its Board.
Public Service and the Academia
Professor Shevchuk is the author of some 150 scientific works, including more than 20 monographs, including Macroeconomic Issues in Sustainable Development, Encyclopedia of Water, Natural Resource Economics, Nature Restoration and Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Economics. He was involved in drafting numerous laws, policy papers and national programs. Under his scientific leadership, the government prepared, inter alia, The Foundation of the National Security of Ukraine, The Concept of Sustainable Development of Ukraine, National Report of Ukraine on the Status of Implementation of Agenda 21 for the Sustainable Development Summit in Johannesburg in 2002.
Shevchuk was born on January 19, 1954, in Andriyevychi Village, Zhytomyr region of Ukraine, to Yakiv (father, 1917–79) and Olha (mother, b.1926) who were farmers. Shevchuk’s wife Oksana Nezhentseva (b. 1959) is an economist and their daughter Yulia (b. 1983) is a lawyer. Shevchuk graduated as an economist from Kyiv National Economics University in 1975 and defended his doctoral dissertation at the Council on the Productive Forces of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 1981. Shevchuk has the title of master of sports in international сheckers.
- See UNECE’s website for Environment for Europe.
- See OECD Report for The Environment for Europe Fifth Ministerial Conference in Kyiv on May 21–23, 2003.
- See the official parliamentary website for Law of Ukraine No.964-IV dd.19-Jun-2003 "On the Foundation of the National Security of Ukraine.
- See the official parliamentary website for Resolution the Parliament of Ukraine No.1359-III dd.24-Dec-1999 "On the Concept of Sustainable Development.