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30.05.2017

The YES Board Discussed With Ukraine’s Leaders 
How to Support Changes and Put Ukraine on International Map

On May 29-30, the YES Board (Yalta European Strategy) has gathered in Kyiv for the first time in a new membership. The Board was represented by its Chairman Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005); Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden (2006-2014), Prime Minister of Sweden (1991-1994); Patrick (Pat) Cox, President of the European Parliament (2002-2004) Member of the European Parliament (1989-2004); Wolfgang Ischinger, Ambassador, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Senior Professor of Hertie School of Governance; Victor Pinchuk, Founder of YES, Founder of Victor Pinchuk Foundation and Stephane Fouks, Vice President of Havas Group Executive Co-Chairman of Havas Worldwide.

The YES Board held meetings with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, with leaders from politics, society and the diplomatic community. Also, Chairman of the Board President Kwasniewski met with a group of Ukrainian students, scholarship holders of the Victor Pinchuk Foundations’ Zavtra.UA program.

During the visit the Board discussed how YES and its upcoming 14th Annual Meeting can contribute to keep Ukraine on the international agenda and help support positive changes in the country.

Yalta European Strategy (YES) is the largest social institution of public diplomacy in Eastern Europe, providing an open and equal dialogue on global issues affecting the European Union, Ukraine and other countries. This non-partisan organization was established in 2004 by the Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk.

The YES Annual Meetings have become an open platform to discuss and look for new ideas and views on paths to European, Ukrainian and global development. These meetings bring together over 350 politicians, diplomats, statesmen, journalists, analysts and business leaders from more than 20 countries. The dialogue on global challenges broadens the vision on the situation inside Ukraine and the prospects for the country’s development in the modern world and puts Ukraine on the international map.

Global opinion leaders present their visions of current and future global trends and how they impact on Ukraine. Among the speakers have been heads of state and government of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Turkey and others. Thought leaders and senior politicians who spoke at the YES annual meetings of YES were Kofi Annan, Carl Bildt, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Niall Ferguson, Joschka Fischer, Chrystia Freeland, Newt Gingrich, Herman Gref, Arkadiy Dvorkovich, Johannes Hahn, Paul Krugman, Alexei Kudrin, Leonid Kuchma, Juri Milner, Condoleezza Rice, Gerhard Schröder, Larry Summers, Radosław Sikorski, Javier Solana, Shashi Tharoor, Strobe Talbott, Donald Trump, Muhammad Yunus, Robert Zoellick, and others.

Official website: yes-ukraine.org

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