Ellie Goulding revealed she recently visited Ukraine as a guest of President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska, describing the experience as “one of the greatest honors”.
He, the 35-year-old singer-songwriter, traveled to Kyiv to speak at the First Ladies Summit, held on Saturday and hosted by the First Lady of Ukraine.
Writing on Instagram, Goulding shared his experience with 14.1 million followers. She said: “This weekend, I am traveling as a guest of President Zelensky and first lady Olena Zelenska to Kyiv to speak at the First Ladies Summit (and sing a little bit). , somehow while there, I learned a beautiful and powerful song in Ukrainian, ‘Chervona Kalyna’) It was one of the greatest honors.
“I am determined to be there to pay tribute to the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian people. I have been inspired by a number of people, but especially a young #fridaysforfuture climate activist @ilyess_ek, whom I met at a talk on Nature and Climate in Stockholm a few weeks ago. Traumatized by the invasion of his country, however, he appeared at the UN negotiations determined to continue his work.
“In fact, every day as a @UNEP ambassador, I am reminded of the tremendous contribution made by Ukrianian climate scientists, renewable energy experts and environmentalists of all kinds. . They are living through a terrible war with fossil fuels. Somehow, they found the courage to keep going, working and advocating for all of humanity.
“So I always knew that if given the opportunity, I would also try to show it off. On the night train to Kyiv, I looked out the window and could look out over the endless fields… a reminder that Ukraine is the cradle of the world, the bastion of culture, science and humanity as well. is the cradle of resistance and courage and commitment.
“I can’t tell you it’s been an emotional journey. There are too many things to describe right now but I always unite, respect and respect the Ukrainian people.”
In October 2017, Goulding was recognized by the United Nations with a Global Leadership Award for her social and environmental justice activism.
She has also been a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program since 2018.
The First Ladies Summit was held for the second time and saw First Ladies and other influential men and women come together to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and another global crisis.
The theme of the event was “people” and many discussions and workshops looked at the impact of the war in Ukraine on its people.
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British journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan was invited to moderate the event, which was attended by US First Lady Jill Biden and the wife of French President Brigitte Macron.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/it-has-been-one-of-the-greatest-honours-ellie-goulding-visits-ukraine-41863916.html ‘It was one of the greatest honors’ – Ellie Goulding to visit Ukraine