Eugene Czolij delivers report on UWC activities during five-year term
11 September 2013
Eugene Czolij delivers report
on UWC activities during five-year term
On 21 August 2013, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij delivered a report to the X Ukrainian World Congress on the activities of the UWC for the five-year period from 2008 - 2013.
The President’s report addressed all aspects of UWC’s activities, namely in protecting the human and national rights of Ukrainians, independently of their place of residence, promoting Ukraine’s democratization and integration into the European Union, upholding the Ukrainian language in Ukraine and the diaspora and campaigning for the international recognition of the Holodomor as a genocide.
Highlighting some of the successes of the UWC during his term of office, the UWC President noted the International Remembrance Flame, which travelled through 32 countries and raised awareness of the Holodomor; UWC’s election observation missions during the 2010 Presidential elections and the 2012 Parliamentary elections in Ukraine; the defense of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, subjected to unjustified pressure from Russian authorities; the promotion of the return of the National Home in Przemysl to the Ukrainian community in Poland; and the support of the Ukrainian national minority in Hungary in its efforts to ensure a proper representation in the Ukrainian National Minority Self-Government.
Concluding his report, Eugene Czolij stated that “the guarantee of our common success is unity and persistent and dedicated work. I, therefore, appeal to you to enhance the development of Ukrainian community life in your countries, strengthen the ties among Ukrainians in the diaspora and Ukraine, and support Ukraine’s democratic forces.”
The UWC is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.