ENG. In New York City, 12-19 November 1967 the First conference of the World Congress of the Free Ukrainians took place.
It united prominent Ukrainian spiritual and political leaders as well as many community organisations. Over a thousand delegates participated representing 17 countries.
In 1993, two years after Ukraine regained its Independence the WCFU was renamed the Ukrainian World Congress.
In his opening remarks in New York in 1967, Rev.Fr. Wasyl Kushnir, who in the coming days would be elected the first President of the newly formed Congress stated.
In our reawakening, spiritually and conscientiously with the World Congress of Free Ukrainians we confirm our objectives:
Ukraine must be Ukrainian, a young generation of Ukrainians must feel Ukrainian, the lowest depths of our feelings must be Ukrainian, a young generation of Ukrainians must feel Ukrainian, we must help Ukraine have a future that is one of joy and self-respect more than some periods of its great history.
Today the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the Diaspora representing 20 million Ukrainians in 61 countries.
It promotes and supports the Ukrainian National identity through language, culture and development of Ukrainian communities. It promotes current Ukrainian issues on an international level.
The UWC was recognised in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-government organisation with the special consultative status. In 2018 it obtained participatory status as an international non-government organisation with the Council of Europe.