Ukraine first ever joined the Board of Directors of Green Cross International

October 2, 2017 the election of new members to the GCI Board of Directors took place as part of the Agenda at the General Assembly of Green Cross International which was held in Geneva, Switzerland. Bolivia joined the active members of the Board and Ukraine was supported for the first time during the last 25 years in the history of Green Cross. Ukraine is represented by Professor, Doctor, Ambassador for Peace Maksym Tymoshenko, President of Green Cross in Ukraine.

"This is a remarkable breakthrough for Ukraine and big chance that we awaited for 25 years! The country was recognized in general. People who are engaged in our work made a lot of efforts to achieve this result. Now we can raise environmental issues related to Ukraine in the UN and UNESCO. I will do everything possible to make our voice heard. Because we just weren’t heard before. Now the situation will change” - commented Maksym Tymoshenko.

In the coming years, the newly elected member of the GCI Board of Directors intends to draw public attention to the Green Cross activities, to promote the image of the organization and seek for opportunities to support existing programs and to develop new directions.

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SOCMED Program Activity in 2017

Green Cross projects keep being implemented in Ukraine thanks to the coordination and financial support of Green Cross Switzerland, under the leadership of the International Socmed Program Director Maria Vitagliano and the GCCH Team.

 

The relevance of the implementation of the International SOCMED Program in Ukraine is determined by the constant need of the population for social and medical assistance, which is subject to negative environmental impact due to the Chernobyl accident and other unfavorable factors.

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SOCMED International Program in Ukraine

At the end of April, International Program Director SOCMED, Maria Vitagliano visited Ukraine with her planned working trip. Besides coordination and assessment of the activities, the Program Director foremost dedicated her trip to the anniversary of the Chernobyl accident.

Together with the Green Cross Team Maria Vitagliano took part in the events to commemorate the Chernobyl accident, which took place in the town of Slavutich. The Program Director gave interviews for local television, met with families and children and together visited the Chernobyl museum. Also she met with representatives of the city council, liquidators of the Chernobyl accident. Also she got acquainted with the participants of the ecological conference and communicated to the organizers. Together with the GCU Executive Director Yuriy Sapiga and regional project coordinators Elena Germanovich and Tatiana Boyko, as well as with the Mayor of Slavutich, Yuriy Fomichev and ex-Mayor Vladimir Udovichenko she laid flowers at the memorial and so that to express her solidarity and commitment in solving the problems associated with the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe.

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