KYIV, 6 November 2015 – An OSCE-organized conference in Kyiv brought together representatives of the government and civil society to discuss the national strategy for developing civil society over the next four years.
“The civil society plays an active part in the country’s reform process,” said Rostislav Pavlenko, Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of Ukraine. “As an outcome of this conference, we hope to find out how the state and civil society can attain together common goals, and understand what kind of environment the state should create for developing civil society.”
“Civil society plays an indispensable role in promoting the inherent dignity of an individual, which is at the core of comprehensive security,” said Vaidotas Verba, OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine. “Ukraine is experiencing a renaissance in citizen activism, and we welcome this strategy, developed by government and civil society leaders, to support and further build on this grassroots movement.”
The recommendations took into account the results of consultations with the interested public in all phases of developing the strategy, including the feedback from participants of the regional round table discussions.
Ambassador Vaidotas Verba | OSCE
Ambassador Vaidotas Verba of Lithuania assumed the responsibilities of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine on 1 September 2014. He was team leader of the Odessa group of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in 2014. From 2012 he was Special Envoy for the EU’s Eastern Partnership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, and also Chief Co-ordinator for the preparation of the third Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in autumn 2013. Since 2007 he was Ambassador of Lithuania to the Netherlands, and Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Ambassador Verba holds a Master’s Degree in Law from Vilnius University. He speaks Lithuanian, English, German, Russian and French.