Shimon Peres and Tony Blair to discuss Global Challenges at the 12th YES Annual Meeting September 11 in Kyiv, Ukraine

Shimon Peres and Tony Blair to discuss Global Challenges at the 12th YES Annual Meeting September 11 in Kyiv, Ukraine
09 September 2015

President of the state of Israel Shimon Peres (2007-2014) and Tony Blair, Patron, Tony Blair Faith Foundation; Prime Minister of of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007), will discuss global challenges at the 12th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting on September 11.

In their conversation the two world leaders will discuss challenges that face the international community today, the effort to achieve peace in the middle east and the effect of global economy on the changing world, and how solutions to some of the ongoing problems and conflicts can be found.

The 12th YES Forum entitled “At Risk: How New Ukraine’s Fate Affects Europe and the World,” organized by YES, in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, will be taking place September 10-12, 2015, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Forum will concentrate on determining how Ukraine can become a force for global stability and European values in today’s volatile global context, building on the revolution of dignity, and addressing the challenges that arose from the annexation of Crimea, the conflict in the East, and the urgent need to reform the country’s financial, economic, legal and security sector.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will officially open the 12th YES Annual Meeting on September 11th. He will speak about Ukraine’s position in the current global context and present his vision on how to overcome current challenges and threats.

For more than a decade, YES has worked to connect Ukraine to the world, explore ways to a peaceful and cooperative wider Europe. The annual forum convenes global leaders, government officials, business executives, social innovators and Ukrainian student leaders to identify, address and find solutions that may help overcome the obstacles preventing Ukraine from becoming a more modern, open and prosperous country.

This year, the 12th YES Annual Meeting will bring together more than 350 global leaders from politics, business, society and media from more than 20 countries to discuss new Ukraine’s impact on Europe and the world. One hundred Ukrainian student leaders, including those who have received scholarships from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, will also have a chance to meet YES speakers and participants.

Among the speakers attending include: José Manuel Barroso, Carl Bildt, Johannes Hahn, Leonid Kuchma, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Arthur Laffer, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Ivan Mikloš, Victoria Nuland, Carlos Pascual, Gen. David A. Petraeus, Peter Pomerantsev, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Wolfgang Schüssel, Radosław Sikorski, Timothy Snyder, Javier Solana, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Lawrence H. Summers, Strobe Talbott, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga and Lamberto Zannier.

In addition to the President, Ukraine will be represented by Arseniy Yatsenyuk Prime Minister; Aivaras Abromavičius, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; Volodymyr Groisman, Chairman, Parliament of Ukraine; Natalie Jaresko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine; Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; Andriy Pyvovarsky, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine; Valeriya Hontareva, Governor, National Bank of Ukraine; Mikheil Saakashvili, Head, Odessa Regional State Administration; David Sakvarelidze, Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine; Dmytro Shymkiv, Deputy Head, Administration of the President of Ukraine; Artem Sytnyk, Director, National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine; Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv; and others.

Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times and Stephen Sackur, Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC will moderate the 12th YES Annual Meeting. Participants will arrive in Kyiv on September 10th for an opening reception and discussion of the question: “What Ukraine expects from Europe – And Vice Versa.” The official venue is the National Cultural-Art and Museum Complex «Mystetskyi Arsenal».

The 12th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting will be streamed live at as well as web-sites of the Media Partners in English and Ukrainian.

The official Twitter of the 12th YES Annual Meeting is @yes_ukraine, and participants and followers can include the hashtag: #YESUkraine2015.

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