Ukraine: YES Annual Meeting
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* 15th YES Annual Meeting: “The Next Generation of Everything”
September 13 – 15, 2018
- The 15th Annual Meeting of Yalta European Strategy (YES) – “The Next Generation of Everything” – was held on September 13-15, 2018 in Kyiv. Over 600 leading politicians, diplomats, businessmen, civil activists and experts from 28 countries will take part in the conference organized by the international forum YES in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
- The discussions will focus on the future – on the groundbreaking changes that will have a profound impact on all aspects of life like never before. Which innovations will disrupt society, economy and politics? What major global challenges are ahead? What is the future of the United States, the EU, NATO, the Russian Federation? How to protect democracy against manipulation by outside powers and resist disinformation?
An important focus will be the implications of disruptive innovation for Ukraine; and on the other hand the specific challenges Ukraine is facing in its transformation process and with the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
Speakers of the forum include world-leading decision-makers, futurologists, historians, politicians, investors, security and media experts. Both speakers and participants of the Annual Meeting will seek answers in a variety of discussion formats.
Victor Pinchuk, founder and member of the Board of Yalta European Strategy: “The future is not kind with those who do not think about the future. Therefore, at our conference this year, our focus will be the future. To analyze the next generation of everything, as an opportunity and as a threat.”
Alexander Kwasniewski, chairman of the Yalta European Strategy Board, President of Poland (1995-2005): “Kyiv is a great place to discuss the future. Ukraine is at the forefront of many challenges facing Europe, and with its openness to the globalized world and commitment to European values can become a pioneer for Europe. Our commitment to the next generation of Ukrainians is to help them get ready for a successful European future in a changing world. This mission is at the core of YES values.
Alexander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005) and Chairman of the YES Supervisory Board, said in his closing speech at the 15th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting, that the politicians who promote democratic values need to find a new model of communication with the electorate in order to successfully oppose populists.
“It is not enough to say that we have better values or better democracy. What we need is a new discourse, new communication, new leaders, new confidence, and new connections with the electorate, especially with the new generation. Because everything which is old, in fact, does not work anymore,” he said at the 15th Annual Meeting, themed The Next Generation of Everything” and organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
He added that new methods are needed from within democratic forces in order to evoke change. “I hope that all these positive things will come true when we meet next time at the YES conference in Yalta,” concluded Kwasniewski.
- The publication is not an editorial. It reflects solely the point of view and argumentation of the author. The publication is presented in the presentation. Start in the previous issue. The original is available at: yes-ukraine.org