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Governor General to Undertake State Visits to Ukraine and Norway

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April 15, 2009

OTTAWA—At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, along with her husband, His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond, will conduct State visits to Ukraine, from April 23 to 26, and to the Kingdom of Norway, from April 28 to 30, 2009.

The State visit to Ukraine will focus on Canada’s ongoing support for the country’s democratic transformation and economic reform. Canada was the first Western nation to recognize Ukraine’s independence in 1991. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is focussing its resources on the issues of governance—more specifically, electoral, administrative and judicial reform—and strengthening civil society. The State visit will also highlight the historic ties that connect Canada and Ukraine, and the strength of our partnerships. There are more than one million Canadians of Ukrainian origin living in Canada.

In Norway, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will accompany Their Excellencies throughout the State visit, which will help to further develop bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit will underscore our shared values, including the importance we place on finding a fair balance between economic development and environmental protection, and the priority we give to education and youth engagement. This State visit will also provide an opportunity for Canada and Norway to pool their expertise on Arctic development and northern populations.

A delegation of Canadians representing a variety of fields—including diversity, governance, arts and culture, civic engagement and youth—will play an active role in Their Excellencies’ meetings with civil society. Information about members of the Canadian delegation will be available at www.gg.ca.

State visits by a governor general play an important role in Canada’s relations with other countries. They are the highest form of diplomatic contact, and they mark further developments in bilateral relations and exchanges among peoples.

The public can follow the State visits to Ukraine and the Kingdom of Norway through the speeches, photos and videos available daily at www.gg.ca. Blogs written by Their Excellencies and the delegates will be posted on www.citizenvoices.gg.ca.


Detailed itinerary for the State visits (local time):

STATE VISIT TO UKRAINE

Thursday, April 23
Kyiv, Ukraine

10 a.m.
Official welcoming ceremony with military honours
Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by His Excellency Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine, during a ceremony with military honours.
Presidential Administration Building, Kyiv
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:20 a.m.
Meeting with the President of Ukraine
Their Excellencies will meet with His Excellency Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine, and his wife, Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko, to discuss relations between Canada and Ukraine. An expanded meeting with the official delegation will follow.
Gorodetsky House (House with Chimaeras), Kyiv
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At the beginning of the meeting.
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENTS – Media will be able to attend the statements to the press following the meeting.

12:35 p.m.
Act of Commemoration at the Holodomor Memorial Monument
Their Excellencies will lay a bowl of wheat at the Holodomor Memorial Monument in honour of the millions of Ukrainians who died of starvation during the Soviet famine of 1932-1933.

The Holodomor is considered one of the greatest catastrophes to affect the Ukrainian nation. An estimated 2.2 million to 10 million people died within Soviet Ukraine. In March 2008, the parliament of Ukraine and many governments of other countries, including Canada, recognized the actions of the Soviet government as an act of genocide.
Holodomor Memorial Monument, Kyiv
OPEN TO MEDIA

1:30 p.m.
Meeting and Luncheon hosted by the Prime Minister of Ukraine
A meeting between the Governor General and Her Excellency Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine, will take place prior to the luncheon. On the occasion of her State visit to Ukraine, the Governor General will deliver opening remarks at the luncheon.
House of Receptions, Kyiv
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Media pool for the beginning of the meeting.

3 p.m.
Meeting with the Chairman of Parliament
Her Excellency will meet with Mr. Volodymyr Mykhailovych Lytvyn, Chairman of Parliament.
Verkhovna Rada Building, Kyiv
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At the beginning of the meeting.

7 p.m.
State Dinner hosted by the President of Ukraine
Their Excellencies will attend a State dinner hosted by His Excellency
Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine, and his wife, Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko. The Governor General will deliver a speech on this occasion. Prior to the dinner, Their Excellencies will visit
St. Sophia Cathedral with the President and his wife.
Metropolitan Palace, Kyiv
CLOSED TO MEDIA

Friday, April 24
Kyiv, Ukraine

9 a.m.
Wreath-Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Her Excellency will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Park of Eternal Glory, Kyiv
OPEN TO MEDIA

10 a.m.
Discussion on Governance and the Role of Civil Society
The Governor General will attend and speak at a discussion on Canada’s continued support of Ukraine’s democratic reforms and the importance of encouraging Ukrainian citizens to remain engaged in the democratic development of their country. The discussion will be held with representatives from non-governmental organizations as well as with students and academics from the Kyiv community.

The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) is a public research university. Originally established as the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 1632, NaUKMA is the oldest institute of tertiary education in Ukraine. The school is bilingual (English and Ukrainian) and is one of the smallest universities in Ukraine, with an estimated 3 000 students.
Old Academia Building at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv
OPEN TO MEDIA

10 a.m.
Discussion with representatives of the cultural community
His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond, along with Ms. Kateryna Yushchenko, wife of the President of Ukraine, will engage in a dialogue with representatives from the cultural community and university students to exchange on best practices and achievements in the cultural sector.
Old Academia Building at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv
OPEN TO MEDIA

1:15 p.m.
Luncheon hosted by the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine with the Canadian Ukrainian Community and the Canadian Business Club
Her Excellency will deliver a speech at the luncheon hosted in her honour by His Excellency G. Daniel Caron, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, and members of the Canadian Ukrainian community and the Canadian Business Club. The luncheon will provide an overview of the activities of the Canadian community in Ukraine from 1991 to the present, and the participants’ views on current developments.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Kyiv
CLOSED TO MEDIA

1:30 p.m.
Discussion on the role of film in the development of national identity
His Excellency and delegates will attend a discussion on the role of film in the development of national identity with students and professors of the Institute of Film and Broadcasting, National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television.
Institute of Film and Broadcasting, Kyiv
OPEN TO MEDIA

Saturday, April 25
Kyiv, Ukraine

9 a.m.
Visit to the Chornobyl Museum
On the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the Chornobyl tragedy, Their Excellencies will visit the museum and meet with Canadians and Ukrainians who were instrumental in organizing and implementing relief efforts following the disaster. Her Excellency will also lay a wreath upon her visit to the monument commemorating the Chornobyl tragedy.

The Chornobyl disaster was caused by the explosion of a nuclear reactor in the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. A massive power surge triggered the destruction of the reactor, causing a massive release of radioactivity into the environment.
Chornobyl Museum, Kyiv
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA STATEMENT – Media will be able to attend the statement to the press following the visit.

TBC
Visit to the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Their Excellencies will visit the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Museum Complex, also known as the Kyiv Monastery of the Caves, a historic Orthodox Christian Monastery. Since its foundation as the cave monastery in 1015, the Lavra has been a pre-eminent centre of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Europe, and has also been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Museum Complex, Kyiv
CLOSED TO MEDIA

Saturday, April 25
Lviv, Ukraine

12:30 p.m.
Official arrival in Lviv
Upon their arrival in Lviv, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Mr. Mykola Kmit, Head of Lviv Oblast State Administration; Mr. Myroslav Senyk, Chairman of the Lviv Oblast Council; Mr. Andriy Sadovyy, Mayor of Lviv, and other government and local officials.
Lviv International Airport, Lviv
OPEN TO MEDIA

1:30 p.m.
Luncheon hosted by the Head of Lviv Oblast State Administration
Their Excellencies will attend a luncheon hosted by Mr. Mykola Kmit, Head of Lviv Oblast State Administration. The Governor General will deliver opening remarks.
Potoskiy Palace, Lviv
CLOSED TO MEDIA

2:30 p.m.
Act of commemoration at the Taras Shevchenko Monument
Their Excellencies will lay a basket of flowers at the Taras Shevchenko Monument to honour this well-known Ukrainian poet, artist and humanist. His literary heritage is recognized to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language.
Taras Shevchenko Monument, Lviv
OPEN TO MEDIA
JOINT MEDIA AVAILABILITY – Media will be able to attend the statements to the press following the ceremony.

4 p.m.
Meeting with the Mayor of Lviv
Their Excellencies will meet with Mr. Andriy Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv.
Ratusha, Lviv
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Upon arrival of Their Excellencies.

6:00 p.m.
Youth Dialogue on Civic Engagement
Their Excellencies will host a public Youth Dialogue on civic engagement with representatives from non-governmental organizations and youth organizations in Lviv. The dialogue will focus on the importance for youth to have a distinctive role in the progress and development of their society.
Arts Palace, Lviv
OPEN TO MEDIA

Sunday, April 26
Lviv, Ukraine

10 a.m.
Visit and discussion at the Dzherelo Rehabilitation Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Their Excellencies will tour the centre, which was founded by Canadians and Ukrainians in 1993 to offer services to children with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions living in the Lviv region.  They will meet with staff and children, and participate in a roundtable discussion on inclusive education with representatives of the Oblast (province) and the municipal council, members of Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities, the Dzherelo board of directors, and other non governmental organizations involved in the integration in society of children with disability. The Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.
Dzherelo Rehabilitation Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Lviv
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Upon arrival of Their Excellencies and during the discussion.

2:30 p.m.
Roundtable with non governmental organizations working with Ukrainian women
Their Excellencies will participate in a discussion with representatives from non-governmental organizations to obtain an overview of the situation of women in Ukraine related to the challenges and opportunities they face in the political, economic and health spheres.
Salus Centre, Lviv
OPEN TO MEDIA

STATE VISIT TO THE KINGDOM OF NORWAY

Tuesday, April 28
Oslo, Norway

10:30 a.m.
Official welcoming ceremony with military honours
Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will officially welcome Their Excellencies to Norway during a ceremony with military honours.
Pavilion, The Royal Palace, Oslo
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:45 a.m.
Meeting with Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Norway
Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will receive Their Excellencies for a meeting.

The Royal Palace in Oslo was built in the first half of the 19th century as the Norwegian residence of Norwegian and Swedish King Karl XIV Johan and is used as the official residence of the Norwegian monarch.
Fugleværelset Room, The Royal Palace, Oslo
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Official group photo only.

12 p.m.
Meeting with Acting President of the Parliament
Their Excellencies will meet with Mr. Carl. I. Hagen, Acting President of The Storting, at Stortinget, the Norwegian Parliament.

The Stortinget, in its present form, was first constituted at Eidsvoll, in 1814, although its origins can be traced back to the allting (common assemblies) of the early ninth century.
Stortinget (Norwegian Parliament), Oslo
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Upon arrival of Their Excellencies and media pool for the beginning of the meeting.  

12:35 p.m.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Norwegian War Memorial
Her Excellency will lay a wreath at the War Memorial located at Akershus Castle. She will be accompanied by Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and His Excellency
Jean-Daniel Lafond.

The memorial is situated in the area where Norwegian patriots were executed by the Germans during the Second World War. Dating back to 1299, this medieval castle and royal residence was developed into a fortress in 1592, and then rebuilt into a Renaissance castle between 1637 and 1648.
National Monument Akershus Castle, Oslo
OPEN TO MEDIA

1 p.m.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Oslo Western Civil Cemetery (Vestre Gravlund)
Her Excellency will lay a wreath at the Commonwealth Memorial at Vestre Gravlund (Oslo Western Cemetery). This cemetery comprises the largest concentration of graves from the Second World War, including eight Canadian graves. The Governor General will be accompanied by Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond.
Vestre Gravlund, Oslo
OPEN TO MEDIA

4 p.m.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway
Their Excellencies will have a meeting with Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway.
Prime Minister Office, Oslo
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Upon arrival of Their Excellencies and at the beginning of the meeting.

7:45 p.m.
State Dinner hosted by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Norway
As part of the visit to Norway, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will host a State dinner in honour of Their Excellencies. The King and the Governor General will deliver remarks on this occasion.
The Royal Palace, Oslo
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At the beginning only.

Wednesday, April 29
Oslo, Norway

9 a.m.
Meeting with Canadian and Norwegian Business People
Her Excellency will meet with Canadian and Norwegian business people to discuss what businesses can do to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.
Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Oslo
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At the beginning of the meeting and during the tour.

10 a.m.
Visit to the Norwegian Film Institute
His Excellency and Canadian delegates will visit the Norwegian Film Institute. A discussion with Norwegian filmmakers will take place following the visit. Canada and Norway have a highly successful record of collaboration due, in part, to the Canadian-Norwegian Audiovisual
Co-production agreement.
Filmen hus, Oslo
OPEN TO MEDIA 

11 a.m.
Youth Dialogue on Diversity
In the presence of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway, Her Excellency will host a Youth Dialogue on diversity with non-governmental organizations and students. The Governor General will deliver a speech and invite young people to express their views on the subject matter. Cultural performances will be presented by Norwegian and Canadian artists.
The Oslo International Culture Museum, Oslo
OPEN TO MEDIA

3:30 p.m.
Public Art Matters Forum by His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond
In the presence of Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Their Excellencies will present a public Art Matters forum on the theme of “How do the arts sustain local communities?”.  His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond will lead the panel for the forum exploring current Canadian-Norwegian approaches to arts bridging geographic and cultural distances. Litteraturhuset, Oslo
OPEN TO MEDIA

7 p.m.
Reception hosted by the Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Norway
Ms. Jillian Stirk, Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Norway, will host a reception where Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will join Their Excellencies and the Norwegian and Canadian guests for a celebration. During the reception, internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano singer Measha Brueggergosman will perform, and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be featured.
Dansens Hus, Oslo
OPEN TO MEDIA

Thursday April 30
Tromsø, Norway

12:30 p.m.
Visit of Tromsø City Centre
Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Their Excellencies will walk down the main pedestrian street and through the city’s town square to visit stands representing important aspects of life in Tromsø.
City Centre, Tromsø
OPEN TO MEDIA

2:15 p.m.
Norwegian Ministerial Luncheon
Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Their Excellencies will attend a luncheon offered by Ms. Helga Pedersen, Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway. The luncheon will provide an opportunity to highlight the strong ties between Canadian and Norwegian researchers.
SpareBank1, Tromsø
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Opening remarks only.

4:45 p.m.
Dialogue with Indigenous people
Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will join Their Excellencies in a discussion with Sámi leaders and others to learn more about the centre for Sámi Studies’ unique Indigenous studies programs, as well as the University of Tromsø, the world’s northernmost university.
Àrdna Cultural Centre, University of Tromsø, Tromsø
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At the beginning of the dialogue only.


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Speeches, photos and videos of the State visits to Ukraine and the Kingdom of Norway will be available daily at www.gg.ca. Blogs written by Their Excellencies and delegates will be posted on www.citizenvoices.gg.ca.

Media information
Rideau Hall Press Office 
613-998-7280 or 613-998-0287

Marie-Ève Létourneau 
Rideau Hall Press Office
meletourneau@gg.ca

Marthe Blouin
Official spokesperson to the Governor General of Canada
mblouin@gg.ca

www.gg.ca 
www.citizenvoices.gg.ca