Vienna, 27 September 2017 – the VIC (Vienna International Centre) Ukrainian Club at the United Nations (UN) at Vienna organized the Ukrainian cultural performance on the sidelines of the global event entitled BRIDGE for Cities - Belt and Road Initiative: Developing Green Economies for Cities (2ndBRI Event). This was the first initiative supported by the newly established Ukrainian institution at the UN at Vienna.

In his opening remarks, His Excellency Ihor Prokopchuk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna and OSCE welcomed the establishment of the Club that promotes Ukraine and its people, culture, art, science, music, literature, sports within the international community at Vienna He emphasized a critical role of cultural diplomacy in raising awareness on modern Ukraine and Ukrainians from the cultural angle.

The diplomatic community and participants of the 2ndBRI Event enjoyed the Ukrainian songs by Zoryana Kushpler, Ukrainian mezzo soprano, soloist at the Vienna State Opera, Winner of the all-Ukrainian award “Person of the Year - 2016”, accompanied by the young pianist Dmytro Klymenko, winner of numerous international competitions. The Ukrainian dancers Nadiya and Kostyantyn Panchenko, Champions of Austria in 2016, Finalists and Prize Winners of All-Ukrainian and International Competitions performed a classic waltz.

Fr. Dr. Taras Chagala, Presiding Priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Vienna attended the event and congratulated the Ukrainian team at the UN on the Club’s inauguration and its first successful event. He mentioned that the event coincides with the religious holiday of Exaltation of the Cross that symbolizes salvation. Young generation of Ukrainians at the UN have a very important task in front of them to reach out to many other cultures striving for peace and prosperity.

The 2nd BRI Event, organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC), is an annual large-scale initiative aimed at advancing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda. The event promotes the implementation of SDGs via the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to encourage municipal officials and development stakeholders to scale up their engagement in inclusive and sustainable urban-industrial development initiatives.


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