On January 22nd at the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine with the support from the Embassy of Australia in Ukraine opening of the exhibition of photo works of the deputy Head of the Mission Tim Bolotnikoff "Southern Lands: Australia/Antarctica" was held.
He is an Australian diplomat and a photographer. In 2011 he spent six weeks travelling around East Antarctica and visited five research stations in Australian Antarctic Territory. Tim has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Bangladesh and Ukraine.
Ms. Melissa O’Rourke, the Ambassador of Australia to Ukraine, began opening of the exhibition with a speech, in which she thanked the attendants for their attention to the initiative of the Australian diplomat. “Cultural events are an essential component of the activities of our Embassy and we are gladly sharing these pictures that decorate the walls of the library today for you to be able to learn about such interesting territories of Australia and Antarctica. It is one of the most interesting facets of the work of an Ambassador to be able to bring a piece of own state to the host country. For many Ukrainians Australia is a very distant world with parallel life, and Antarctica – even more so. Australia and Ukraine are connected to Antarctica by the fact that we have own research stations on that territory and, now that we’ve mentioned it, Ukrainian explorers headed for Vernadsky Research Base on January, 17 – and it is the largest Ukrainian expedition for the past 18 years”, the Ambassador stated.
It is worth mentioning that Australia and Antarctica are perceived by the European community as exotic lands, amazingly distant, seemingly on the edge of the world. The two continents are strikingly different from one another yet similar in size and the vast of space under the endless sky. The selection of photos demonstrates magnificence and contrasts of landscapes on these continents.
Antarctic photos feature Australian Antarctic Territory – Australia claims rights for over 42 per cent of the continent. Australian explorers like Douglas Mawson played an important role during so-called Heroic Age of exploration of the Antarctica. Many international stations hold important scientific researches in the part of Antarctica that pertains to external territories of Australia. And as far back as 200 million years ago, before the continental drift, Australia and Antarctica used to be single mainland.
Antarctica is amazingly beautiful, but in the middle of the continent it holds barren lifeless land. Photos of Australia, to the contrary, show live landscapes that can however seem distant and unearthly at the same time, much like white Antarctic desert. Though it wasn’t the subject of the exhibition, it is important to remind that Ukraine also has scientific presence in Antarctica – Vernadsky Research Base on Argentine Islands of West Antarctica.
The event was attended by the Ambassador of Indonesia to Ukraine, diplomats of the Embassy of Slovenia, head of the UN High Commissioner Mission for Refugees in Ukraine, representatives of the media and public figures.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, a public lecture by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Ukraine, Permanent Representative for GUAM - Gela Dumbadze, was held at GDIP Media Center of the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions. The lecture was devoted to the events that took place in Georgia 30 years ago, April 7-9, 1989.
Georgia is associated with constant hospitable people, rich history and traditions. Today, Georgian culture is at its peak, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia is sincerely proud of this, and he invited fellow diplomats, representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, representatives of the Georgian diaspora and partners to enjoy an evening of jazz and art on April 11, 2019.
Representatives of the tourism industry and media of Ukraine met with colleagues and operators of recreational services from Montenegro. The event was held with the support of the Embassy of Montenegro in Ukraine.
On March 19, 2019, the celebration of the International NOWRUZ Day took place in Kyiv. The eight embassies of foreign states accredited in Ukraine, namely, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Uzbekistan, were the initiators of the official celebration in the Column Hall of the Kyiv State Administration.
On March 12 at the premises of Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, on the initiative of the Embassies of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova and Romania, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the OUTLOOK project was held a friendly welcoming spring in Kyiv.
This Saturday, on February 23, 2019, Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of foreign states, representatives of diplomatic missions, international organizations, the State Affairs Department of the President of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine visited the city of Ostroh, the centre of origin and development of Ukrainian Education, at organizational support and participation of the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions together with the National University of Ostroh Academy.
On February 13, a solemn ceremony took place on the occasion of the main national holiday of Serbia - Statehood Day which marks the official level since 2001 and marks the Day of the beginning of the Serbian Revolution against the Ottoman occupation in 1804.
On February 12, an exhibition devoted to the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada was opened at the Ukrainian Diaspora Museum with the support of the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine. The purpose of the project is to show the life of Ukrainian Canadians, their tireless work in the new country and the efforts they make every day.
On February 7 at the National Opera of Ukraine under the auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of Lebanon in Ukraine the diplomatic reception and solemn concert on the occasion of the Day of St. Maroon, the father of the Maronite Churcha took place. The combination of the Lebanese charm and the Ukrainian soul in the participants of the event made an incredible impression on the guests.
Airports, railways and bus stations in Kyiv aren’t much different from similar objects in other big cities. But that’s just at first sight. If you have a slightly closer look at passengers, you can see that every third one carries a round white-and-green box. It is in it where the part of the majestic city, that can be legally carried away as a souvenir, is – we mean the famous Kyiv Cake.
Life of a diplomat is always about changing locations and countries of work. Period of an Ambassador’s activities at the office can be measured not just as a time span spent in the host country but also in projects carried out and connections and ties established.
A year has to have a proper start and the OUTLOOK Project had it launched with a working lunch in the residence of the Ambassador of Indonesia to Ukraine Mr. Yuddi Chrisnandi. Representatives of the Embassy proudly presented projects that were organized by Socio-Cultural Department in 2018 and shared plans for the future.
Australia flies instinctively into our ears with a loud intro from shell of the Sydney Opera, and only after that we recall that the capital of this country is Canberra. Though the city is often seen as a stopover between Melbourne and Sydney, Canberra is not only considering, but has been already implementing into reality a plan how to win hearts of all tourists.
Formidable waves rise up like soldiers on guard, then beat against the rocky coastline, lay down their arms and meekly retreating, crumble into a foam. Wind freely runs over lavender fields and eucalyptus groves hiding sleepy koalas in bushland. Twilight is ready to cover every living creature with a dark bucket, and the bustling nocturnal life spreads its wings. This is not a fictional world of fairy tales but everyday life of Kangaroo Island, a booming destination for wilderness and wildlife fans.
The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Ukraine and Ambassador's Spouses Club Kiev welcomed the Ukrainian public and foreign guests with the national art of the Uzbek people, traditions and principles of creating pieces of art made by the folk artists and artists from Uzbekistan.
On the 26-th of April, 2018 at 11:00 in the media center of the GDIP, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan in Ukraine Faizullo Holboboev will organize a briefing in connection with the adoption of the UNGA Resolution "International Decade for Action" Water for Sustainable Development "2018-2028".
On the 6-th of April, the second day of the meeting of the diplomatic personnel with the students of the Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University took place in the frame of the common project OUTLOOK and the Diplomatic greetings. The event was attended by Ambassador of Norway to Ukraine, Ule Terje Horpeštad, and consul and protocol officer of the Indonesian Embassy in Ukraine Adi Brasmato.
A meeting of the diplomatic personnel with students of the Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University took place in Kyiv on the 5-th of April. The event took place within the framework of the joint project OUTLOOK and the GDIP - Diplomatic Greetings.
A seminar was carried out n Kyiv with the participation of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Ukraine Manoj Kumar Bharti on the topic "Ayurveda is the science of healing life by nature".
A press conference was organized in Kyiv with the participation of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Ukraine Igor Sokol. The conference was dedicated to the exhibition of Belarusian manufacturers "MADE IN BELARUS", which will be carried out on April 10-14, 2018 in Kyiv. Apart from that, they will cover the development of trade and economic relations between Ukraine and Republic of Belarus.