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Dunwoody to host delegates from Ukraine
Dunwoody to host delegates from Ukraine

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The City of Dunwoody has been selected to host a distinguished group of five Ukrainian legislators seeking to experience American democracy in action.

The 10-day visit is part of the Open World Program, a non-partisan initiative that brings small delegations of emerging leaders from Eurasian countries to observe and experience American political, business and community life.

Oleh Khomych, Oleksiy Havrylov, Nataliya Hettse, Yuriy Mukha and Petro Vorona will visit with Dunwoody officials and participate in informal, interactive meetings with various departments to learn all about running a small city in Georgia.

Topics will include applicable legislation, government structure, policy and economic development, the decision making process, cooperation with the public, and the environment.

In preparation for their trip to the U.S., the delegates attended a pre-departure program in their home country and then an orientation in Washington, D.C. to learn about basic United States governments relationships, the balance of power and the rule of law.

The legislators are staying with local Atlanta families during their trip.

The Open World Program, sponsored by the U.S. Congress, began in 1999 as a way to increase mutual understanding between Russia and the United States, and to support Russia's efforts to strengthen its democratic reforms.

It is the first and only exchange program administered by the legislative branch of the U.S. Government.