Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ukraine)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Міністерство закордонних справ
Ministry overview
FormedNovember 12, 1917; 106 years ago (1917-11-12)
JurisdictionGovernment of Ukraine
Headquarters1, Mykhailivska Sq, Kyiv[1]
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Міністерство закордонних справ України, romanizedMinisterstvo zakordonnych sprav Ukrainy) is the ministry of the Ukrainian government that oversees the foreign relations of Ukraine. The head of the ministry is the Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Originally, the ministry was established as the General Secretariat of Nationalities as part of the General Secretariat of Ukraine and was headed by the federalist Serhiy Yefremov. Due to the Soviet intervention, the office was reformed into a ministry on December 22, 1917. About the same time, another government was formed (the Soviet) that proclaimed the Ukrainian government to be counter-revolutionary. The Ukrainian Soviet government also reorganized its office on March 1, 1918. In 1923, the office was liquidated by the government of the Soviet Union and reinstated in 1944, twenty years later. The first Soviet representatives were not of much note until the appointment of the Bulgarian native Christian Rakovsky in 1919. The office would remain in operation even after Ukraine's restoration of independence in 1991.

General overview[edit]

The ministry's main building in Kyiv

The ministry is located in Ukraine's capital Kyiv in the city's historic uppertown district, located in close proximity to the recently rebuilt St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. The building of the ministry is also located on the Mykhailivska Square, named for the monastery and next to the park Volodymyrska Hill.

The nomination of the Foreign Minister is done by the President of Ukraine, unlike most nominations of Cabinet Minister which are done by the Prime Minister of Ukraine. All minister nominations have to be approved by the Ukrainian Parliament.[4]

Office of National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO[edit]

Ukraine has been a member of UNESCO since May 12, 1954.[5] From December 1962 Ukraine had established its permanent representation in the organization currently served by the Ambassador of Ukraine to France. The National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO was created as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Presidential decree #212/1996 on March 26, 1996. The Chair of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO is Sergiy Kyslytsya.[6]

The permanent representative of Ukraine to UNESCO is the Ambassador to France Kostiantyn Tymoshenko.[7]

Ukraine has 14 academic departments cooperating with UNESCO[8] as well as 63 schools associated with the organization.[9]

List of ministers[edit]

Officials before 1924[edit]

General Secretary of Nationalities (June 28 - December 22, 1917)
People's Secretary of Nationalities (December 14, 1917 - March 1, 1918)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (December 22, 1917 - May 1920)
People's Secretaries of Foreign Affairs (March 1, 1918 - July 1923)
State Secretaries of Foreign Affairs of Western Ukraine (November 1918 - February 1923)

Officials after World War II[edit]

People's Commissars of Foreign Affairs
Ministers of Foreign Affairs
Ministers of Foreign Affairs (post-Soviet)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia before the two joined with Russian and European Union officials about Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 17, 2014.

MFA of Ukraine spokespersons[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official website of the Ministry. Contact Us (section)". 2017.
  2. ^ "History of the MFA". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
  3. ^ "Official website of the Ministry. Structure". 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  4. ^ Rada appoints Poroshenko Ukraine's foreign minister, Kyiv Post (October 9, 2009)
  5. ^ Співпраця України та ЮНЕСКО Archived 2011-07-05 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Sergiy Kyslytsya - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine - MFA of Ukraine". Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  7. ^ Постійне Представництво України при ЮНЕСКО Archived 2011-07-05 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ List of departments associated with UNESCO Archived 2012-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ List of schools associated with UNESCO Archived 2012-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Yanukovych appoints new Cabinet of Ministers, Kyiv Post (24 December 2012)

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