July 12, 2018

Canada to host 2019 Ukraine Reform Conference


OTTAWA – The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) has welcomed the announcement that Canada will host the next Ukraine Reform Conference, which is scheduled for 2019.

The announcement was made on June 27 by Canada’s Minister of Global Affairs Chrystia Freeland at the 2018 Ukraine Reform Conference, hosted by Denmark in Copenhagen.

Minister Freeland stated, “I am delighted to announce that Canada will host the Ukraine Reform Conference next year. This is an unprecedented opportunity for Canada to convene international partners and advance our unwavering commitment to Ukraine. Together, we can build the future that the people of Ukraine deserve and desire.”

Foreign ministers from European Union, NATO and G-7 countries, as well as high-level international organizations were invited to the 2018 Conference in Copenhagen, which provided “a platform to bring the international community together with the Ukrainian government, civil society and private sector representatives who are committed to promoting reforms in Ukraine,” the government of Denmark stated. The prime ministers of Ukraine and Denmark opened the conference.

“Following the successes of the last two Ukraine Reform Conferences – in the U.K. in 2017 and in Denmark this year – we are pleased that Canada will host next year’s conference,” stated Paul Grod, national president of the UCC. “The conference is an occasion to continue to build support for Ukraine’s wide-ranging and transformative reform efforts, undertaken as Ukraine defends itself from Russia’s aggression. The UCC looks forward to working closely with the government of Canada and other stakeholders to ensure that the views and concerns of the Ukrainian Canadian community are well-represented at the conference.”