U.S. special envoy Volker to visit Ukraine this week, speak at YES annual event
Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker is visiting Ukraine this week and is scheduled to speak at the Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting in Kyiv.
"I'm heading to Kyiv this week for meetings on how to bring peace for Ukraine and [I am] to speak at the YES Ukraine Annual Meeting," he tweeted on September 11.
As reported, the slogan of the 15th YES Annual Meeting this year is "The Next Generation of Everything." The event will take place in Kyiv on September 13-15. Over 600 leading politicians, diplomats, businessmen, civil activists and experts from 28 countries will take part in the conference.
The plenary sessions of the 15th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting will start with a speech by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on September 14. The concluding panel of the first day will feature an in-depth discussion on creating a digital society with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid.
The speakers will include: Alejandro Alvargonzález, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO; Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute and former UK Prime Minister; Jared Cohen, Founder and CEO, Jigsaw; Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission; Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Bill Ford, Chief Executive Officer, General Atlantic; Franco Frattini, President of SIOI, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (2008-2011); Yasmin Green, Director of research and development, Jigsaw; Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author, futurist; Bernard-Henri Lévy, Philosopher and Writer; Michael McFaul, U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014), Stanford Professor and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow; Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Founder of Rasmussen Global, Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014), Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009); Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State (2005-2009); Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy; Larry Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University; Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of the French Republic (2014 – 2016).