February 11, 2019

Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland Allocate Over $14 Mln to Restore Donbas

The governments of Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland have announced the project “Good governance and citizens engagement for justice, security, environmental protection and social cohesion in eastern Ukraine.” Within the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, this project covering the period till 2022 is aimed at the promotion of effective governance and social cohesion in the region, UNN informs with reference to the press centre of the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP). 

“The conflict in eastern Ukraine, dragging into its fifth year, has had a significant impact on civilians, including over 3,300 men, women and children killed, up to 9,000 injured since 2014, 1.5 million people internally displaced and many others facing challenges of living in conflict-affected areas,” the UNDP’s press release says. 

Due to this, the organization declared that the “breakdown in trust can only be overcome by job creation, poverty alleviation, anti-corruption measures, law enforcement and judicial reform, and the promotion of human rights. That’s why the “Good governance and citizens engagement for justice, security, environmental protection and social cohesion in eastern Ukraine” initiative will be fully integrated into the United Nations’ Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme.” 

“The overall contribution of Denmark (US$ 9.045 million), Sweden (US$ 3 million) and Switzerland (US$ 2 million) of US$14.045 million marks the beginning of efforts to resolve these key issues in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts,” the UNDP’s press service informed. 

According to the manager of UN’s Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme Victor Munteanu, “the trust of citizens in conflict-affected areas in governmental institutions will improve and they will feel safer if administrative, law enforcement and security capacity are strengthened, and it becomes easier for them to access justice and environmental protection. This project will help to support these changes.” 

It is added that Sweden and Switzerland, which during the last 3.5 years co-funded the introduction of UNDP measures aimed at restoration and development of peace, are seeking to strengthen the achieved results and continue their support of effective governance and favour social cohesion in the region. Meanwhile, Denmark’s Ukraine Peace and Stabilization Programme for 2018-2021 is aimed at the support of stability and effective governance in the region. This Programme plans to allocate means from its Peace and Stabilization Fund in order to improve access to justice and community security.