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President of Ukraine: H.E. Mr Petro Poroshenko
Prime Minister: Mr Volodymyr GROYSMAN
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National Commission for UNESCO
Representation in the Executive Board
||Member||Mr Gleb N. Tsvetkov||1980-1985||111-122||Representative||1995-1999||148-156||Representative||2001-2005||163-172||Representative||2013-2017||193-202
The 1991 amendment modified Article V of the Constitution, regarding the status of members of the Board. From the 27th session of the General Conference (1993), the Executive Board consists of Member States rather than of persons (26 C/Resolution 19.3).
Participation in subsidiary organs
Organs elected by the General Conference
Member (Term expires : 2017)
International Coordinating Council of the Programme on Man and the Biosphere
Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)
Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Members elected by the UNESCO General Conference : Ms Olga Karmazina (Term expires : 31 December 2019)
Other intergovernmental organs
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Councils of UNESCO's Institutes and Centres
Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
Member : Prof. Inna MALIUKOVA
Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference
37 session of the General Conference His Excellency Mr Ruslan Demchenko, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ukraine
Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings
36 session of the General Conference H. E. Mr Oleksandr Kupchyshyn, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to France, Permanent Delegate to UNESCO
Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received
35 session of the General Conference H.E. Mr Volodymyr Ogryzko, Chairperson of the Ukrainian National Commission for UNESCO, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
“In time of crisis, we witness serious negative tendencies. Poverty and inequality deepen. Ecological catastrophes aggravate. A lack of resources becomes more observable. All these are complex and interconnected problems, and it is a UNESCO ambitious goal to solve them. Formulate effective global strategies in response to the changing world.”
“Let me congratulate Mr Director-General Matsuura on his efforts in reforming this Organization, especially within One U.N. system. We agree with this approach.”
“The image of the education of future is still to be shaped. A discussion of this kind also takes place in the Ukraine for the second time at the UNESCO category II centre Artke. (…) it has become a good tradition of many years to host such events as "Artek dialogues" or festival "Let’s Change the World for the Best." This upholds visibility of the Organization among youth”.
“2010 was proclaimed by the U.N. General Assembly as the International Year of Biodiversity. This makes the task of UNESCO and its Man and the Biosphere programme more and more important.”
“Within this programme, together with Poland and Belarus, Ukraine is working on creation on the Transboundary Reserve West Polesie. (…) We hope that the International Oceanography Commission will formulate its mid- and long-term policy more clearly.”
“Ukraine is a cosponsor of the UNESCO resolution "Proclamation of the International Year of the Rapprochement of Cultures - 2010". I hope many countries will take interest in the joint initiative of Ukraine and the World Heritage Centre on initiating dialogue on the role of religious communities in preserving cultural heritage. Next year, we plan to host in Kiev a related thematic international seminar.”
“Step by step, our country reassesses the pages of its own history. Let me remind you that the 34th session of the General Conference has adopted the resolution "Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Famine (Holodomor) of 1932-1933 in Ukraine". (…) Let me express our gratitude to the Director-General, Mr Matsuura, for his support and patronage of the International scientific conference dedicated to Holodomor that was held last September in Kiev. Considering UNESCO’s humanistic mission, we hope for further constructive cooperation in implementation of this resolution by the new Director General.”
34 session of the General Conference H.E. Mr Volodymyr Ogryzko, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
“Ukraine supports the Programme and Budget proposed by the Director-General for 2008-2009 in the amount of $631 million. […]” However, the Member States have to take their part of responsibility in the financing. UNESCO should introduce at least “zero real growth” approach, as in other specialised agencies.
Ukraine fully supports the new Medium-Term Strategy for 2008-2013. The decentralization has to become one of the key factors of UNESCO reform.
“Another strategic direction of increasing UNESCO efficiency should be a strengthening of cooperation with other United Nations system organizations in order to manage common activities better.”
«UNESCO has to assure the equal access to the education, from one side, and to increase the quality of this education and the diversity of tools and methods applied, from another. Use of sciences for scientific approach to sustainable development has to play a central role in preserving and improving human safety.”
“Another priority of UNESCO activity we see in the protection of cultural heritage, which is also affected by globalization.” UNESCO efforts should also include the intercultural dialogue, protection of cultural diversity, languages, and safeguarding of the intangible heritage.
“In the field of communication and information UNESCO has to overpass the digital gap, which exists in the access to the IT technologies.”
Ukraine is ready to make a concrete contribution in order to achieve education goals. In this context Ukraine proposes to organize in autumn 2008 an International Educational Summit using the facilities of International Youth Centre ARTEK under the auspices of UNESCO.
Ukraine would like to thank all the countries that have shown their support and sympathy for the draft resolution on Holodomor (Great Famine) during this Conference. It will break the silence that surrounds this tragedy.
“Today, dear colleagues, we have an opportunity to do something that was not done by our predecessors. That is to declare unanimously our readiness to spread through national and UNESCO instruments learning programs, scientific and educational projects – the information about this terrible crime.”
“In 2003 many countries have signed a Joint Statement on Holodomor in the framework of United Nations General Assembly. That is why I address to you, high representatives of your governments, with an appeal to support our draft resolution in order to let this tragedy become a lesson for all of us.”
Celebration of anniversaries 200th anniversary of the birth of Mykhailo Verbytsky, composer (1815-1870) (2015)
This request calls for UNESCO to recognize the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mykhailo Verbytsky in its 2015 events calendar. A well-known Ukrainian composer, Mykhailo Verbytsky is the author of some 130 musical works including choral works, symphonies, chamber music, polonaises, waltzes and operas. He is, first and foremost, the composer of the Ukrainian national anthem, “Ukraine has not yet perished,” which was composed in 1863 and finally adopted in 2003 following some amendment of the original text. Verbytsky’s music is deeply rooted in the tradition of his country and, for centuries, expressed national and independentist sentiment. Inclusion of this anniversary in the UNESCO calendar – in a spirit of protecting and promoting the diversity of cultural expressions – would provide recognition of Verbytsky’s work internationally.
200th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, poet (1814-1861) (2014)
This is a request for UNESCO to be associated with the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko, a poet considered to be the most important writer in the literary pantheon of the Ukraine. His name is associated with the Ukrainian national revival of the nineteenth century and the birth of the Ukrainian literary language. His artistic activity was not confined to writing, for Shevchenko was also a talented painter who produced some 150 portraits and numerous landscapes and watercolours. His association with ideas such as freedom, patriotism, democracy and peace makes the commemoration of his anniversary fully consistent with the objectives of UNESCO.
150th anniversary of the birth of Pavlo Grabovsky, poet (1864-1956) (2014)
The project focuses on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Pavlo Grabovsky, a poet, journalist and – more notably – a brilliant translator. His work includes over 100 translations from some 20 languages. Thanks to him, Byron, Goethe, Heine, Hugo, Leopardi, Maeterlinck, Pushkin, Tolstoy and many other authors were made available in Ukrainian, often for the first time. His vast body of work warrants the recognition of UNESCO, which has always seen translation as the best way of promoting dialogue between peoples and cultures.
150th anniversary of the birth of Mykhaylo Kotsyubynsky, writer (1864-1913) (2014)
This request calls for UNESCO to be associated with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mykhaylo Kotsyubynsky – one of the most important Ukrainian writers. His novels and short stories played a significant role in the revival of Ukrainian prose, largely thanks to their introduction of psychological realism. Kotsyubynsky was also a master of the “landscape” and Ukrainian critics nicknamed him the “impressionist of the Ukrainian novel.” His most famous novel, “Fata Morgana”, depicts the peasants’ struggle for their social rights, the “proletarianization” of the countryside and the peasants’ revolutionary movement in its various forms – strikes, demonstrations, confiscation of land from major landowners, etc. Kotsyubynsky also played an active role in organizing the democratic press in the Ukraine. UNESCO association with this anniversary could help to focus international attention on his work, which is so steeped in democratic reform, freedom of expression and the fight for social equality.
150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Vernadsky (Volodymyr Vernads’ky), scientist and thinker (1863-1945) (Russian Federation and Ukraine) (2013)
Vladimir Vernadsky is well known as one of the founders of geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and of radiogeology. His work on the noosphere (the sphere of human thought and reason) is, according to him, the third in a succession of phases of development of the Earth, after the geosphere (inanimate matter) and the biosphere (biological life).
The work of this great scientist brings together the study and preservation as well as conservation of the earth, biodiversity and life – all sciences. The celebration of this anniversary would increase public awareness of science in line with UNESCO’s mandate, in particular the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme and thus should be included in the list of anniversaries for UNESCO.
100th anniversary of the birth of Mykola (Nikolai) Amosov, scientist (1913-2002) (2013)
Mykola (Nikolai) Amosov was a heart surgeon, inventor, best-selling author, and exercise enthusiast, known for his inventions of several surgical procedures for treating heart defects.
1000th anniversary of the foundation of St Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv (1011) (2011)
Kiev's Saint-Sophia Cathedral symbolizes the “new Constantinople”, capital of the Christian principality of Kiev, which was created in the 11th century. It belongs to the most outstanding monuments of Byzantine area. The cathedral has the most complete ensemble of authentic mosaics and frescoes of the beginning of the 11th century, which are considered to be outstanding artistic masterpieces. The spiritual and intellectual influence of Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Complex contributed to an important interchange of human values. As a spiritual centre of the East Slavs, the cathedral has played a major role in the development of science, art, education in Ukraine and all over the world. Today, it is one of the city's best known landmarks and the first Ukrainian cultural property to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.
150th anniversary of the death of Taras Shevchenko, writer (1814-1861) (2011)
Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko (1814 –1861) was a Ukrainian poet, artist and humanist. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language. T. Shevchenko also wrote in Russian and left many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator. His poetry contributed greatly to the growth of Ukrainian national consciousness, and his influence on various facets of Ukrainian intellectual, literary and national life is still felt to this day. Influenced by Romanticism, T. Shevchenko managed to find his own manner of poetic expression. A great number of his pictures, drawings and etchings preserved to this day testify to his unique artistic talent. He also experimented with photography and may be considered to have pioneered the art of etching in the Russian Empire. In 1860 he was awarded the title of Academician in the Imperial Academy of Arts specifically for his achievements in etching.
500th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Fyodorov, founder of book printing in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine (1510-1583) (Ukraine, with the support of the Russian Federation and Belarus) (2010)
Ivan Fyodorov (1510-1583) was the most celebrated among printers and one of the fathers of Russian and Ukrainian printing. He produced the first printed Church Slavonic Bible (the “Ostroh Bible” of 1580-1581), the first Russian (or other East Slavic) textbook (Bukvar, 1574), and the first printed Russian alphabetical subject index, calendar and poem. He was an accomplished craftsman in numerous trades, and a man of broad vision and great persistence. He played an important role in the promotion of literacy and Eastern Orthodox confessional unity, and introduced a high level of content, design and craftsmanship into a critically needed profession.
||200th anniversary of the birth of N.V. Gogol, writer (1809-1852)
Russian Federation and Ukraine (2009)
A Ukrainian-born writer and thinker (Velyki Sorochintsy, Poltava region), N.V.Gogol is one of the brightest personalities and recognized masters of Russian and world literature. His literary works, aimed at achieving social harmony, have received highest appraisals of his contemporaries and are appreciated by present generations. Being a brilliant folklorist, he also vividly depicted Ukrainian folk customs and traditions of the 19th century.
Gogol's short stories, novels and plays have become for the world literature an impulse to a truthful depiction of reality. The novel "Dead Souls" and the short story "The Overcoat" are considered the foundations of the great 19th-century tradition of realism. His legacy was adopted by such masters of literature as Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The writer's style is recognized by a great ability for accurate and sympathetic character portrayal as well as rollicking satire and extraordinary humour. Many of Gogol's witty sayings have become maxims in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.
||100th anniversary of the birth of Lev D. Landau, physicist (1908-1968)
Proposed by Russian Federation and Ukraine (2008)
Lev Landau was one of greatest physicists of the twentieth century. His pioneering results advanced various major fields of theoretical physics. Several generations of theoretical physicists learned their trade through the 10 volumes of his famous Course of Theoretical Physics.
||100th anniversary of the birth of Maria Primachenko, painter
Maria Primachenko (1908-1997), a peasant woman from the Kievan village of Bolotnia, proved a natural talent for the arts. She is a legendary artist, whose creations link ancient Ukrainian folk art traditions with the present. Her pictorial flair for bringing to life ideas, feelings and impressions gradually ripened into true mastery. Exhibitions of her works have proved tremendously popular in the Russian Federation, Poland, Bulgaria, France and Canada.
||150th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Franko, writer (1856-1916) (2006)
A Ukrainian poet and writer, literary and social criticist and a political activist, Ivan Franko was one of the most significant Ukrainian writers at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He was a revolutionary democrat, and a founder of the socialist movement in Ukraine. His creative legacy remains a battleground for ideological wars and along with Taras Shevchenko, he had a huge impact on modern literary and political thought within Ukraine. In addition to his own literary work, he also translated the works of William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Dante, Victor Hugo, Goethe and Schiller into the Ukrainian language. He is best known for “Stolen Happiness” (1893), considered a dramatic masterpiece. In total, Franko wrote more than 1,000 works.
||100th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Bahriany, writer (1906-1963) (2006)
A journalist and political leader as well as poet and writer, Ivan Bahriany was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1963. He is best known for his outstanding and popular work “Tyhrolovy”, which was first published in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1944. It was translated into many foreign languages such as English, French, Danish and German. He was imprisoned for his work during the communist regime, and sent to a concentration camp from which he escaped and eventually returned home, only to be rearrested. His novels draw on his experiences as an exile and a political prisoner.
100th anniversary of the birth of Sergiy Vsekhsviatsky (2005)
S.K. Vsekhsviatsky (1905-1984) played an important role in the development and popularization of astronomy and science education in Ukraine and in the world in the twentieth century.
150th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Horbachevsky (2004)
Ivan Horbachevsky (1854-1942) was an eminent scientist in the field of organic chemistry in the region. His research work undertaken in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Ukraine, his contribution to the dissemination of research findings in the field of education and his efforts to open up opportunities of access to higher learning for less advantaged students, as well as his work as Minister for Health (the first in history) have led the intersectoral selection committee to reconsider Ukraine’s proposal to associate UNESCO with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Horbachevsky.
100th anniversary of the birth of Serge Lifar (2004)
A dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and theorist, Serge Lifar (1904-1986) was the director of the Institute of Choreography in Paris, a teacher at the Sorbonne and President of the International Dance Council (an international NGO maintaining official relations with UNESCO). He was recognized internationally as one of the great artistes of contemporary dance.
100th anniversary of the birth of David Ferdman (2003)
David Ferdman (1903-1970) was a well-known biochemist of international repute. He obtained fundamental results regarding the effects of physical training on metabolism in the muscular tissues as well as peculiarities of this metabolism in muscular dystrophy. His manuals in biochemistry were used in all universities and higher education institutions in all states of the former Soviet Union.
Two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Michaïlo Vasilievich Ostrogradsky (24 September 2001)
Ostrogradsky was one of the major contributors to the development of mathematics in the nineteenth century. He generalized and completed many divisions of classical mathematical analysis, mathematical physics and analytic mechanics. He fathered the Hamilton-Ostrogradsky principle and gave his name to the Ostrogradsky-Gauss formula.
Hundredth anniversary of the birth of Ivan S. Kozlovskiy (11 March 2000)
Ivan Kozlovskiy was a renowned operatic tenor. With exceptional talent he interpreted songs by Glinka, Dargomyjski, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, and works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Liszt. Ivan Kozlowskiy was a distinguished representative of the twentieth-century world school of singing.
Hundredth anniversary of the birth of Alexander Smakula (9 September 2000)
Alexander Smakula (1900-1983) was the first to propose the mode and realize the equipment of coated optics in 1935, without which it is impossible to imagine modern optical technology, photo and lens, and videotechnology. Smakula’s formula physics obtained worldwide recognition.
Centenary of the birth of the Ukrainian poet Volodymyr Sosiura (6 January 1998).
The lyric poet Volodymyr Sosiura is considered to be one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century; his works - of the highest literary merit - express profound moral values.
His works have been selected for inclusion in more than 40 anthologies, and translated into various languages.
The Ukrainian Government and the Union of Ukrainian Writers are planning to organize various events such as lectures, poetry competitions for young people and poetry festivals.
Centenary of the foundation of the Polytechnical Institute of Kiev - Ukraine Technical University (31 August 1998).
The Institute enabled the city of Kiev to flourish anew; many famous scientists worked there.
Today, numerous foreign students from 110 countries study in the Institute, with which 52 foreign universities collaborate; it is considered to be the best institute in Eastern Europe, and some of its specialists take part in training engineers at UNIDO.
One thousand one hundredth anniversary of the Ukrainian city of Halich (1998).
Chronicles first mention Halich as a centre of ancient Slavonic settlement dating back to 898 AD. The town of ancient Ukraine was the outstanding political and economical centre of Rus-Ukraine. Inscribed in the Kyiv chronicles is the important event of 1141, when the Rostislav dynasty gained foothold in Halytian land, whose representative - Prince Volodymyrko announced the town of Halich to be the capital of the Halytian principality. The capital became famous because of Volodymyrko’s son - Prince Yaroslav, who increased the boarders, and commenced the construction of the world famous white-stoned temples and fortified monasteries which brought to Halytian architects the fame they deserved.
After the death of Prince Yaroslav’s son (1199), Prince Roman Mstyslavovich from Volyn’ came to reign in Halich. The sole Halytsko-Volynske principality was established which is considered to be the direct successor of political and cultural tradition of Kyiv and the first indisputable Ukrainian state.
The most prominent ruler by Ukrainian historiography, Danylo Halytskyi, achieved substantial social, economical, and cultural development. World renowned monuments from this era include the foundations of the Assumption Cathedral, St. Pantheleymon Church and Starostyn castle’s fortification walls.
On the occasion of this anniversary, the Ukrainian authorities are planning to organize seminars and conferences to be held at the national and regional level, as well as exhibitions, film contests, and art festivals. Owing to the role played by Ancient Halich in the history of Ukraine it was declared a National Heritage site by Decree of the President and the Government of Ukraine.
Centenary of the birth of the Ukrainian artist Oleksandr Sayenko (1998).
In spite of the tough treatment towards Ukrainian artists in the 1920-1930s, Oleksandr Sayenko has left a significant mark on art heritage. His heritage consists of more than 500 works of painting, graphics, monumental panels, tapestries, and ceramics.
World famous masterpieces include ‘The Slaves’, ‘Mamay Kozak’, ‘Duma on Bread’, ‘The Feast Day’, ‘The Wide Dniper Roars and Groans’, which have become part of the treasure-house of the Ukrainian culture, and world art alike.
Humanism, innovative character, and national identity, have made him one of the prominent artists of the twentieth century.
Centenary of the birth of the Ukrainian scientist and explorer, pioneer in space technology, Yuri Kondratiuk (O. Sharguei) (21 June 1997).
Four hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Ukrainian man of culture Petro Mohyla (December 1996).
400th anniversary of the birth of Bohdan Khmelnytsky (1995)
An eminent historical figure and a diplomat, he was the symbol of Ukrainian independence and helped to establish the Ukrainian State.
He played an extremely important role in the history and culture of the Slav peoples.
The Ukrainian Government has established an orgariizing committee for this commemoration, which is planning various activities: conferences, exhibitions, publications, radio and television programmes.
Centenary of the birth of the film-maker Alexandr Dovzhenko (1994)
Film-maker, producer of one of the first Soviet talking films, he was awarded several national and international prizes. Above all, he trained several generations of Ukrainian film-makers.
He made an important contribution to the development of the film industry at international level. His films are on the syllabus of many film institutes and training centres, especially in the countries of Eastern Europe.
The Ukrainian Government is to organize a film festival, lectures, publications and audio-visual programmes to commemorate this anniversary.
200th anniversary of the death of the educator Hryhoryi Skovoroda (1994)
Skovoroda, an educator, based his entire teaching work on the development of individual creativity. The metaphors contained in his fables and poems have been widely taken up in Ukrainian literature.
This philosopher, poet, musician and educator who was so firmly attached to the
traditions of his national culture is widely known throughout the Slav world.
The Ukrainian Government is to organize seminars, lectures and arts festivals devoted to the work of Skovoroda.
1500th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Kiev (1982)