Presentation of the Nineteenth Issue of the Yearbook “Diplomatic Ukraine”
On November 28, 2018, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine hosted a presentation of the 19th issue of the yearbook “Diplomatic Ukraine” as well as publication of series “The Library of the Scientific Year-Book “Diplomatic Ukraine” of the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions.
The presentation of this scientific collection is an important happening for the representatives of diplomatic corps, scientists and journalists. This year over 200 guests, including 40 representatives of the foreign embassies and international organizations accredited in Ukraine visited this event.
The following speakers took part in the discussion during the presentation: Serhii Pyrozhkov, vice-president of the NAS of Ukraine; Nurberdy Amanmuradov, Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Ukraine; Pavlo Kryvonos, Director-General of the SE “Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions”, Board member of the Scientific Society of History of Diplomacy and International Relations; Аlexander Vinnikov, Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine; Volodymyr Ohryzko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007-2009), Hossam Eldeen Aly, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Ukraine; Anatolii Denysenko, Chief Editor of the yearbook; Iryna Matiash, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Head of the Scientific Society of History of Diplomacy and International Relations; Volodymyr Khandohii, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2009), President of Ukrainian Foreign Policy Association; Volodymyr Chornyi, veteran of diplomatic service; Daniel Seiberling, Director of representative office of Hanns Seidel Foundation in Kyiv as well as Yurii Bohaievskyi and Ihor Turianskyi, members of editorial board, veterans of diplomatic service.
This year issue contains 65 publications, namely articles of foreign and Ukrainian diplomats and researches concerning the modern state and history of international relations and Ukrainian diplomacy. The book consists of 864 pages in Ukrainian and English. In addition, documents on the history of diplomacy in 1918 were included. Such sections as “Institutional History of Diplomatic Service”, “Diplomat’s Professional Opinion”, “Modern Diplomacy: Concepts and Realities”, “Public Diplomacy”, “Cultural Diplomacy” and “References. Reviews” were continued. This year issue contains 20 publications by diplomats on bilateral relations and possible vectors of cooperation development with Ukraine.
The Director-General of GDIP, Pavlo Kryvonos opened the presentation with greeting words on the occasion of the centenary of the NAS of Ukraine. “It is symbolic that namely on the 27th of November, one hundred years ago, a future long-term director of the Academy, Borys Yevhenovych Paton was born.” Mr. Kryvonos also mentioned the key aspects of cooperation between GDIP and the Diplomatic Corps concerning the filling of publication with important and relevant articles. The Director-General noted the presence of students and lecturers of the National University of Ostroh Academy, honorary consuls of foreign states who came from various Ukrainian cities, such as Odesa, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipro and others. He also thanked Dina Udovenko, wife of Hennadii Udovenko, the prominent Ukrainian diplomat, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the 52nd President of the UN General Assembly for the long-term support and presence at the events. “In 2018 we continued our celebration of the centenary from the establishment of diplomatic relations of Ukraine with the world countries. That is why a significant part of materials in this issue is dedicated to the events that took place nearly 100 years ago,” Pavlo Kryvonos concluded.
Nurberdy Amanmuradov, Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Ukraine presented his gratitude to GDIP for the cooperation with foreign diplomats, stating that the active work of the Directorate-General created a solid platform for the development of cooperation between the two countries. “A tremendous work has been done already. And the presentation of the 19th issue of the scientific yearbook “Diplomatic Ukraine” as well as other numerous joint events, briefings and trips are the vivid examples of such cooperation,” the Ambassador said.
Аlexander Vinnikov, Head of the NATO Representation to Ukraine started his speech in Ukrainian showing his respect to the audience and the country of his stay in general. Mr. Vinnikov noticed that opening of the NATO Representation to Ukraine manifested support of the Alliance countries. “GDIP” SE took in consideration the wishes of the NATO Representation concerning the planning of premises on the 6th and 7th floors and developed a project of reconstruction and decoration that was implemented in a short time under the budget funds with an appropriate quality, which allowed to prepare new premises of the NATO Representation located at 4-L A. I.Sikorskoho St. for its presentation within the framework of celebration of the 20th anniversary since the signing of the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2017. A delegation of the North Atlantic Council, which consisted of 29 ambassadors of NATO member countries headed by Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, took part in the opening ceremony. One may read a broad interview with Аlexander Vinnikov concerning the cooperation and prospects of Ukraine’s interaction with NATO in the scientific yearbook.
Speech of Volodymyr Ohryzko was important and relevant too. He noted that today it is essential to uncover truthful information about Ukraine for the international community and consolidate the efforts in order to defend and preserve the independence of Ukraine. In addition, within the framework of the event, the 16th book from the series “The Library of the Scientific Year-Book “Diplomatic Ukraine” titled “Siege. From Pereiaslav until now” was presented. The author of the book is Volodymyr Chornyi – a diplomat, public and political figure. The book is written in the form of reminiscences about complicated past and present times of our country, nation and a separate person. Over 660 pages are filled with many unknown to the general public facts that together with personal assessments allow readers to understand more deeply the meaning of our competitions for the worthy future of the Ukrainian nation.
Iryna Matiash, doctor of historical sciences, professor informed about the results of cooperation between GDIP and the Scientific Society of History of Diplomacy and International Relations, particularly those concerning the issue itself. In addition, two exhibitions of archival documents, prepared by professor Matiash, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of German and Turkish relations, were presented at the event.
Following the official speeches and exchange of thoughts concerning the next 20th anniversary edition of the issue, the participants of the event received business diaries with important reference information on the diplomatic corps and corporate calendars of GDIP titled “Kyiv – the Oasis of Foreign Cultures” that depict parks and squares of foreign missions, opened in Kyiv.