Yalta European Strategy (YES) is the leading public diplomacy platform in Eastern Europe to develop strategies for Ukraine and Wider Europe and promote Ukraine’s European integration.
YES was established in 2004 by Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk and is led by a distinguished board chaired by President of Poland (1995-2005) Aleksander Kwasniewski.
The YES Annual Meetings, which have been held in Yalta’s Livadia Palace since 2004 until Crimea’s annexation in 2014 and then provisionally moved to Kyiv, have brought together world leaders in Ukraine to discuss strategies for Ukraine and Wider Europe on a global level, bring global thinking to Ukraine, and put Ukraine on the international agenda. The Annual Meetings have provided a platform for an open dialog between representatives of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the EU, the US and beyond, as well as for the Ukrainian government and opposition.
The YES Annual Meetings have brought together heads of state and government including Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Bronisław Komorowski, Leonid Kuchma, Mario Monti, Shimon Peres, Yulia Tymoshenko, Gerhard Schröder and Viktor Yushchenko. Since 2004 among the speakers have been also senior ministers, politicians, and heads of international organizations like Kofi Annan, Eğemen Bağış, Carl Bildt, Hillary Clinton, Arkadiy Dvorkovich, Joschka Fischer, Štefan Füle, Herman Gref, Vitaliy Klitschko, Alexei Kudrin, Pascal Lamy, Ronald Noble, David Petraeus, Petro Poroshenko, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Richardson, Radosław Sikorski, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Lawrence H. Summers, Shashi Tharoor, James Wolfensohn, Lamberto Zannier, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Robert Zoellick. Politicians, businessmen and thinkers, including Newt Gingrich, Richard Branson, Niall Ferguson, Jin Liqun, Michio Kaku, Paul Krugman, Nouriel Roubini, and Muhammad Yunus have also spoken at YES Meetings.
Egemen Bagis, Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey , 9th Yalta Annual Meeting, 2012
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