On December 5, 2019, Young Leaders Security Forum will be held in Lviv, organized by Arseniy Yatsenyuk "Open Ukraine" Foundation.
The theme of the Forum is "International Coalition to Support Ukraine: How to Protect and Strengthen Solidarity".
The forum takes place a day before the meeting of leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia, scheduled for December 9, 2019 in Paris. The focus of the conversation is Russian aggression against Ukraine and the war in Donbas.
The new leadership of Ukraine, having received widespread support in this year's presidential and parliamentary elections, declares its desire to reach peace as soon as possible.
Russia is using the new situation to promote its own aggressive interests. There is no reason to believe that the Kremlin has changed its strategy towards Ukraine and has given up its intention to establish full-scale control over our country.
Ukrainian society looks forward to the firmness of Kyiv's negotiating position.
"Red lines" must not be crossed, defeat of Ukrainian national interests is unacceptable.
Is Ukraine ready to withstand the onslaught of the aggressor state in these negotiations, and what awaits us after them? Are we ready to preserve, develop and strengthen the international coalition to support Ukraine? Will the aggressor not be able to implicate our state and our partners in the tenets of "not worth the paper on which they are written" agreements?
We will get answers to these questions in the nearest future.
However, Ukrainian society has no right to remain a cowardly observer of political processes that carry a high risk of state independence. "Normandy format" negotiations are only a stage at which Ukraine will have to solve new and new challenges.
We must create new senses to strengthen the security component, to prepare new, higher quality standards of responsible and professional policy to protect Ukraine.
That is why on December 5, Arseniy Yatsenyuk "Open Ukraine" Foundation holds Young Leaders Security Forum in Lviv.
This is the first regional meeting that is a sequel of the Youth Security Forum held traditionally in Kyiv. For seven consecutive years, more than 500 submissions annually have stimulated intellectual discussions in the regions of Ukraine.
According to the organizers, the involvement of young people from different parts of Ukraine should work as an educational project and at the same time as a mobilization event for the intellectual potential of the country.
An interesting idea of holding a series of regional forums was supported by international partners of Ukraine. In particular, the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine has provided a grant for such events.
To participate in the regional forum, a competition was held, which resulted in the selection of 100 winners from the western regions of Ukraine.
Respected experts from Georgia, Canada, Poland, USA, Ukraine, France have already confirmed their participation in the forum.
The event will be broadcasted on social media pages and on the Open Ukraine YouTube channel.
"Only the educated are free", – said Greek philosopher Epictetus, a slave-ridden slave who knew well the price of freedom and the price of knowledge.
Ukraine must be prepared to defend its freedom on a daily basis.
For this, we will work together.
The agenda can be downloaded here – Agenda (English).
The Young Leaders Security Forum is a unique discussion platform for young people from all regions of Ukraine. The Regional Forums program includes discussions on topical issues of international relations and foreign policy of Ukraine.
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