The 5th World Forum of Ukrainians gets underway Friday at the National Opera House in Kyiv. The event will last for three days and gather together diaspora representatives from all over the world with President Viktor Yanukovych as an honorary guest.

"The forum will be attended by 300 delegates from around the world - 100 each from the eastern and western diasporas and 100 from Ukraine.The event agenda includes speeches by delegates, the work of scientific sections of the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council, the adoption of resolutions drafted by the delegates, the election of the chairman and the council's governing body, etc," the organizers said, UKRINFORM reported.

The World Forum of Ukrainians is convened periodically (every five years) on the initiative of world Ukrainian public organizations and with the support of the Ukrainian government. The 1st World Forum of Ukrainians took place in Kyiv in August 1992.

The World Forum of Ukrainians is the supreme governing body of the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council created under the decision of the 1st World Forum of Ukrainians in 1992.

The main purpose of the World Forum of Ukrainians is promoting the consolidation and development of independent, united, democratic Ukrainian state, defending its interests and the global Ukrainian community in all aspects of the global space.
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