The opening ceremony of the XI Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has taken place in Kyiv today. Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Viacheslav Kyrylenko at the invitation of the UWC participated in the official opening ceremony.
At the opening of the event, a joint prayer of representatives of different confessions in Ukraine was held by representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Ukrainian Roman Catholic Church, Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of the Ukrainian World Congress Eugene Czolij delivered their addresses to the delegates and guests of the Congress.
The opening ceremony was also attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Vice Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Minister of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov and other high-ranking officials.
The Ukrainian World Congress conferred the St. Volodymyr the Great medals to representatives of foreign Ukrainian community and representatives of other countries, who made every effort to support Ukraine.
It should be noted that the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is an association representing Ukrainian organizations in the countries of the world. The XI UWC gathered delegates from 57 countries and will last through November 24-27. At the beginning of the XI UWC, its participants joined the state events of Ukraine dedicated to the commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 that took place in Kyiv. During the XI Congress delegates and guests of the XI UWC will consider issues of international support for Ukraine’s defense sector, reforms, economy and humanitarian assistance; of promoting the positive image of Ukraine, foreign Ukrainian communities, Ukrainian national memory, Ukrainian language, the development of Ukrainian communities in different regions of the world, the formation of conscious Ukrainians, the Ukrainian youth movement and the cooperation of Ukrainian diaspora with the ethnic and religious communities of different countries of the world.