US-Ukraine Business Council
INVITE: USUBC MEETING WITH UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER KOSTYANTYN GRYSHCHENKO

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.., downtown, Washington, D.C.

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC)
Washington, D.C., Wed, May 16, 2012


INVITE:  USUBC MEETING WITH UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER KOSTYANTYN GRYSHCHENKO 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.., downtown, Washington, D.C.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND a working meeting with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, sponsored by the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) on behalf of its membership in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine to the USA.  This is the first meeting with Foreign Minster Gryshchenko for USUBC members in Washington, D.C. since he became Foreign Minister at the beginning of the Yanukovych Administration in early 2010. 

The private, by invitation only, USUBC members only, working meeting with Foreign Minister Gryshchenko will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in downtown Washington, D.C. Minister Gryshchenko will bring opening remarks which will be followed by a Q&A session.  Refreshments will be served. 

RSVP:  Those attending the meeting must register their attendance. To register please send an e-mail to Morgan Williams,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

ABOUT FOREIGN MINISTER KOSTYANTYN GRYSHCHENKO:

Description: http://www.mfa.gov.ua/data/upload/publication/mfa/ua/35154/image002.jpgKostyantyn Gryshchenko was born in 1953 in Kyiv, Ukraine.  In 1975 he graduated from Moscow State Institute of Foreign Affairs. The very next year he started his diplomatic career with the appointment to the UN Secretariat in New York, where he was stationed until 1980.

For the next ten years, 1981-1991, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko worked in various diplomatic positions from attaché to the First Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union, including at the Consulate General of the USSR in Montreal, Canada in 1985-1990.

After Ukraine regained its independence in 1991, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko worked as an advisor, a sector manager, Deputy Head and Head of the Armaments Control and Disarmament Issues Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Head of the Armaments Control and Disarmament pision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Since 1995 through 1998, Mr. Gryshchenko worked as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, was Ukraine’s Representative in the Joint Committee on START-1 Agreement Implementation and Inspection, the Special Control Committee for the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Permanent Advisory Committee on the Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Treaty. He chaired Ukraine’s delegation at the major international conferences on international security and armaments control which were convened by the United Nations during that period.

In 1996, Mr. Gryshchenko was Ukraine’s Representative to the G8 Summit on nuclear safety, held in Moscow as well as the Head of National Committee of Ukraine for Disarmament and Deputy Chairman of the State Commission of Ukraine on Export Control.

In 1998 – 2000, he served as the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, was the Head of Ukraine’s Mission to NATO, and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

In 2000-2003, he was based here in Washington, as the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, after which he returned to Ukraine and for the next 2 years was the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In 2006 – 2007, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko was Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

In 2008 – 2010, he was Ukraine’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation, and concurrently the First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

On March 11, 2010, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko was again appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In this capacity, in May – November 2011 he chaired the Committee of the Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Minister Gryshchenko’s professional career also includes different activities at the UN specialized bodies and other international organizations:

          1991: Deputy Chief Inspector, United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM)

          1995 – 1998: Member of the Foundation Council, Geneva Center for Security Policy

          2000 – 2003: Commissioner, College of Commissioners for the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC)

          1999 – 2003: Member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2003 – Chairman)

Minister Gryshchenko has been awarded with several state orders of Ukraine as well as awards from other countries. He holds the diplomatic rank of the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine. Minister Gryshchenko is fluent in English and French.

USUBC WORKING MEETING WITH UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER KOSTYANTYN GRYSHCHENKO 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.., in downtown Washington, D.C.

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