"The sixth Ukrainian World Forum - the highest assembly of Ukrainians from abroad" will be held in Kyiv on August 20 and August 21, followed by a solemn meeting at the National Opera House with the participation of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on August 22, Chairman of the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council (UVKR) Michael Ratushnyy has said.
"The Forum will virtually last three days: two days in the Ukrainian House, and the third day at the National Opera of Ukraine with the participation of the president. I hope that we [representatives of the Diaspora] and the authorities will hear each other and develop a plan of further actions," Ratushnyy said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.
The Forum includes a plenary session, as well as the activities of ten panels and committees on the issues Ukrainians and the Ukrainian Diaspora consider to be topical. A gala concert entitled "We are All Your Children, Ukraine" is also scheduled as part of the Forum. The concert will present the best performers of the Ukrainian Diaspora and bands from Ukraine, which perform for soldiers in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone in the east of Ukraine.
The organisers expect more than 300 delegates from 35 countries. The key agenda of the Forum will feature such issues as the preservation of Ukrainian identity amid Russian aggression, the work of the Ukrainian community in Russia, as well as education.
"The Ukrainian Diaspora is a huge resource, and amid the war, they should be used and they want to be used. If we change the national legislation, if these Ukrainian people, living abroad, want to come here, and they do not require large salaries, but they have experience and the immunity to corruption…We believe that Ukraine should create the so-called "Peace Corps" so that Ukrainians could come and join the transformations," Ratushnyy said.
President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy and representatives of the clergy and the public have been invited to the Forum.
The Ukrainian World Forum is held every five years. The first one took place on August 21-24, 1992.