Ukrainian World Congress
Ukrainian World Congress (Ukrainian: Світовий Конґрес Українців) is a non-profit organization, nonpartisan association, international coordination assembly of all Ukrainian public organizations in diaspora. It represents the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians.
The congress has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967 in New York as the World Congress of Free Ukrainians, it was renamed in 1993 to its current name. In 2003 the Ukrainian World Congress was recognized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.
Goals and Objectives
The main goals and objectives of the UWC are to: 1) represent the interests of Ukrainians in the diaspora; 2) coordinate an international network of member organizations that support and promote the Ukrainian national identity, spirit, language, culture and achievements of Ukrainians throughout the world; 3) promote the civic development of Ukrainians in their countries of settlement, while fostering a positive attitude towards Ukrainians and the Ukrainian state; and 4) defend the rights of Ukrainians, independently of their place of residence in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The current President of the UWC is Eugene Czolij from Canada. He was elected in 2008 by the IX World Congress of Ukrainians.
Members of the Executive Committee include: Jaroszlava Hartyanyi, Hungary, 1st vice-president Irene Sushko, Canada, 2nd vice-president, President of the World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations Stefan Romaniw, Australia, Secretary-General Ihor Laszok, USA, Financial Officer Zenon Potichnyj, Canada, Treasurer
Councils and Committees
13 UWC councils and committees work actively to address questions that define Ukrainian community life. These include human and civil rights, UN matters, awareness of the Holodomor in the international community, education, social services, youth, assistance to Ukrainian citizens living abroad, scholarly matters, culture, the fight against human trafficking, media, sport and the cooperative movement.
Currently, the UWC has been actively promoting Ukraine's Euro-integration in meetings with high-ranking officials of the European Union. The UWC has called for the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as early as 25 February 2013 during the EU-Ukraine Summit in Brussels, Belgium.
The UWC has focused on such important issues as: the protection and defence of the human and national minority rights of Ukrainians; the international recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-33 as an act of genocide (now officially recognized by 16 countries); the democratization of Ukraine and its integration into the European Union; the strengthening of Ukraine as a state and the inviolability of its borders; election monitoring, including the UWC’s International Election Observation Mission to the 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine (the largest non-government sponsored mission of its kind); the social and economic issues surrounding the economic migration from Ukraine; the promotion of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine and the diaspora; the return to the Ukrainian community in Poland of the Ukrainian National Home in Przemyszl which was confiscated during the Operation Vistula (Akcja Wisla); and the global problem of human trafficking.
Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the UWC has been helping Ukraine become the natural epicentre for Ukrainianism throughout the world for the benefit of Ukrainians both in Ukraine and abroad.
- European Congress of Ukrainians (Yaroslava Khortiani)
- Armenia: Federation of Ukrianians of Armenia "Ukraine"
- Belgium: Main Council of Ukrainian Public Organizations
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Coordination council of Ukrainian associations
- Czech Republic: Ukrianian Initiative in the Czech Republic
- Croatia: Union of Rusyns and Ukrainians of the Republic of Croatia
- Estonia: Congress of Ukrianians of Estonia
- France: Representative Committee of the Ukrainian Community of France
- Georgia: Coordination Council of Ukrainians of Georgia
- Germany: Association of Ukrainian Organizations in Germany
- Greece: Association of the Ukrainian diaspora in Greece "Ukrainian-Greek Thought"
- Hungary: Association of Ukrainian Culture in Hungary
- Latvia: Ukrainian Cultural-Enlightening Association in Latvia "Dnieper"
- Lithuania: Community of Ukrainians of Lithuania
- Moldova: Society of Ukrainians of Transnistria
- Poland: Association of Ukrainians in Poland (Piotr Tyma)
- Portugal: Society of Ukrainians in Portugal
- Romania: Union of Ukrainians of Romania
- Russia: Association of Ukrainians of Russia
- Slovakia: Union of Rusyn-Ukrainians of the Slovak Republic
- United Kingdom: Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (Zenko Lastowiecki)
- Australia: Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations (Stefan Romaniw)
- Argentina: Ukrainian Central Representation in Argentina
- Brazil: Ukrainian-Brazilian Central Representation
- Canada: Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Paul Grod)
- Kazakhstan: Ukrainians in Kazakhstan
- United States: Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (Tamara Gallo Olexy)
- Uzbekistan: Ukrainian Cultural Center "Fatherland"
List of all congresses
|Order||Date||Location||Subjects of discussion|
|I World Congress of Free Ukrainians||November 12–19, 1967||New York|
|II World Congress of Free Ukrainians||November 1–4, 1973||Toronto|
|III World Congress of Free Ukrainians||November 23–26, 1978||New York|
|IV World Congress of Free Ukrainians||November 30 - December 4, 1983||Toronto|
|V World Congress of Free Ukrainians||November 22–27, 1988||Toronto|
|VI World Congress of Free Ukrainians||November 2–7, 1993||Toronto|
|VII Ukrainian World Congress||December 2–7, 1998||Toronto|
|VIII Ukrainian World Congress||August 18–21, 2003||Kyiv|
|IX Ukrainian World Congress||August 20–22, 2008||Ukrainian House, Kyiv|
|X Ukrainian World Congress||August 20–22, 2013||Lviv Polytechnic, Lviv||
- List of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council as of 1 September 2012. UN Economic and Social Council.