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  • Date: 9-10-2017, 16:31
9-10-2017, 16:31

The English-Speaking Union International Council Meeting 2017.

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This year the English-Speaking Union International Council Meeting was held from September, 27 till October, 1 in Lisbon, Portugal. Delegates and guests all over the globe gathered to exchange views on important issues of the ESU work and its sustainable development. Margaryta Danilko and Nadiya Ivanenko, associate professors of the Faculty of Foreign Languages in Central Ukraine Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University, represented Ukraine at the ESU Forum. The delegates listened to the report from the Director General Jane Easton and then focused on educational agenda. Having overviewed the presentations from Carol Losos (ESU US) and Duncan Partridge (ESU UK), they explored the place of English and Oracy in member countries at  group sessions.

The ICM Chairman, Dr Paul Beresford-Hill, gave a presentation on the United Nations and the English-Speaking Union. In his speech he highlighted the ESU educational agenda and the framework of the UN Global Goals. Lucia Dumont from the ESU France completed her two years as President of the International Council this autumn, and her hard work and achievements have been highly appreciated by the ESUs worldwide. Margaryta Danilko, Chairman of the ESU Ukraine, was elected as a new President of the International Council for the next two years. The election of a Ukrainian as the IC President is not only a recognition of the ESU Ukraine work but also a great tribute to Ukraine and its people.

Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Portuguese RepublicMrs Kirsty Isobel Hayes hosted a reception for the ESU ICM delegates and guests at her residence in Lisbon.The ESU members also enjoyed a guided tour of the Portuguese Parliament Building with an ESU member who is an MP, they visited the archaeological sites within the ruins of St George’s Castle and the Cathedral of Lisbon.



The next English-Speaking Union International Council Meeting will be held in London in May 2018. There will be an international gathering – the ICM and the International Public Speaking Competition- devoted to the Centenary of the English-Speaking Union in 2018.