The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), the leading organization for the Macedonian Diaspora worldwide, is pleased to announce that its 4th Global Conference (UMD GC2013) will be held in our ancestral and historical homeland, Macedonia from July 24-August 2, 2013. The theme of the conference – Macedonia 2013: 100 Years After the Treaty of Bucharest – will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Balkans Wars and the signing of the Treaty of Bucharest.
“Macedonia and Macedonians worldwide will mark several important anniversaries,” said UMD Chairman Stojan Nikolov. “The UMD Board of Directors took the important decision to host our signature event for 2013 in Macedonia to not only bring together Macedonians from around the world to our homeland, but to also showcase to Macedonia’s neighbors, Europe, and the world that we withstood significant challenges, including divisions, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. We still exist, and we will continue to exist as Macedonia and Macedonians.”
In addition to the 100th anniversary of the Balkan Wars and the Treaty of Bucharest, 2013 will mark the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Macedonian Jews to Treblinka by the Bulgarian armed forces during World War II (March 11, 2013); 65th anniversary of the mass exodus of Macedonian children refugees (deca begalci) from Aegean Macedonia/Greece (March-July 1948); 110th anniversary since the death of Macedonian revolutionary leader Goce Delchev (May 4, 2013); the 50th anniversary of the tragic and devastating Skopje earthquake (July 26, 2013); the 110th anniversary of the Ilinden Uprising (August 2, 2013); the 69th anniversary of ASNOM (August 2, 2013); and the 22nd anniversary since the establishment of a free, sovereign, and independent homeland for Macedonians – the Republic of Macedonia.
“Our history during the last 100 years was tragic, but our future for the next 100 years will be promising; 2013 is a year we, Macedonians, must unite to help Macedonia, and to set the trend of the next 100 years, for the future generations,” said UMD President Metodija A. Koloski. “We invite all Macedonians and friends of Macedonia to come and visit Macedonia, and to attend UMD GC2013.”
UMD GC2013 will consist of an academic conference evaluating the last hundred years of Macedonian history, lessons for the future, as well as an economic portion to highlight the need for Macedonians worldwide to give back to our homeland. In addition, day trips will be organized to Bitola, Krusevo, and the wine region of Macedonia. The main conference activities and festivities will be held in Skopje and Ohrid. UMD has plans to coordinate short visits to the Macedonian native communities in Mala Prespa (Albania), Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria), and to Aegean Macedonia (Greece) so that conference participants can witness the lifestyle of Macedonians throughout our divided ancestral lands. UMD GC2013 will conclude with a formal Gala on August 2, 2013 in Skopje.
A call for papers for the academic conference was announced this week, and details of the UMD GC2013 will be posted on http://www.umdglobalconference.org.
UMD held its 2009 Global Conference in Washington, D.C., 2010 in Toronto, Canada, and 2011 in Washington, D.C. Over 1,500 Macedonians and friends of Macedonia from more than 25 countries have participated in UMD’s Global Conferences.
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