Kyiv Security Forum

Danylo Lubkivsky: «The idea of the Ukrainian Institute will be implemented»

10 February 2017, 13:49

The idea of the Ukrainian Institute that was stated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, will be implemented. Such opinion was expressed by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2014) Danylo Lubkivsky during the 5th Kyiv Security Forum for Youth organized by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation.

«Yesterday, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated the creation of the Ukrainian Institute, the main task of that will be the representation and the creation of the image of modern Ukraine in the world. I would like to note that the idea of such an institution has its own specific history. It appeared in 2014 and, in fact, the first idea was to create the Ukrainian institution like the British Council, Goethe Institute, and others in order to promote a cultural representation of Ukraine in the world.

Three years have already past. It is too slow to act for the creation of any state institution, but, thank God, the process moved from the spot. And I think that this idea sooner or later will be brought to life» - Danylo Lubkivsky said.

Also, Ukrainian diplomat explained the importance and the necessity of cultural representation of Ukraine in the world. 

«The fact that the referendum in the Netherlands, that raised doubts about the need of the agreement with the EU was not just a political moment, but also it was the evidence that Ukraine today absent in cultural and mental map of many European nations. If we compare the cultural presence in European thinking of Ukraine and Poland or Lithuania or Romania, we will realize that there is a significant difference. Therefore, for our generation, as well as for future generations, it is important, first of all, to discovery Ukraine to Europe and the world in a cultural sense. This is what did not happen in 25 years of Ukrainian independence. The reason for this is that the Ukrainian political class is not conceived in terms of culture and cultural representation. They thought that culture is a part of some extra space. However, in reality, it is the foundation of the state and its security. Therefore, today we have to work on the development and spread of Ukrainian culture because it is in the interests not only Ukrainians but also the fundamental truth that concerns relations between nations and international relations in general,» - Danylo Lubkivsky said.


Youth Kyiv Security Forum is a platform for discussion by young experts of current issues of international relations and foreign policy of Ukraine. The aim of the forum is strengthening the role of the new generation of experts, enhancing their abilities to participate in the process of policy analysis and development.

Organizer of the Forum is the open Ukraine Foundation.