Distinguished Speaker Series: Pavlo Klimkin

On 17 April, The Hague Institute for Global Justice in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in the Netherlands welcomed Mr. Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for a moderated discussion on the topic “Ukraine in the Global Context.”

Mr. Pavlo Klimkin is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs since June 2014.

Educated in Moscow, Minister Klimkin has worked in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry since 1993 in various positions including second secretary in the department of military control and disarmament and director of the department for the European Union. He was deputy foreign minister in the First Azarov Government, where he played a central role in negotiating the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement.

Between 2004 and 2008 Mr. Klimkin served as Minister-Counselor of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United Kingdom. He was then appointed as both Deputy Foreign Minister and Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry until 22 June 2012, when he became Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany. In this position he has been influential in a number of international negotiations. In early June 2014 he emerged as a key figure in the talks to stop the fighting in Eastern Ukraine.

Beyond Russian and Ukrainian, Klimkin is fluent in English and German and has a basic knowledge of French and Spanish.


  • Pavlo Klimkin
    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
    Topic: Ukraine in the Global Context
  • Dr. Abiodun Williams, Moderator
    President, The Hague Institute



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