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“reVIVEd Ukraine – reVIVEd communities” Forum held in Kyiv
02 / Червень, 2022
The Association of Ukrainian Cities held "reVIVEd Ukraine - reVIVEd communities" Forum on June 2, 2022, in Kyiv.
During the Forum a lot of crucial issues were discussed. They were:
• the present state of infrastructure and level of providing residents with services;
• urgent restoration work that has already been carried out and decisions that are being prepared for the most effective and high-quality transformation of communities now and after the Victory of Ukraine;
• as well as actions and solutions implemented and developed jointly with international partners to restore Ukraine at a new technological level and in all spheres of community life.
The participants prepared the appeal to twin-cities for support of Ukraine by their countries in granting the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union.
Vitaliy Klitschko, Chairman of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, Mayor of Kyiv, opened the Forum, thanking international partners, defining aim of the Forum and requesting to supplement the draft Manifest.
The event was moderated by Oksana Prodan, an advisor to the Chairman of the Association of Ukrainian Cities.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Secretary of the Presidium of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities under the President of Ukraine, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, addressed the participants of the event with a welcoming speech. He noted that the President of Ukraine announced the Recovery Program of Ukraine and called on the leaders of democratic countries to join the reconstruction of Ukrainian communities on the principles of city-to-city, not just to repair what was destroyed by the Russian army, but to create a new quality of infrastructure.
Matti Maasikas, Ambassador of the European Union, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, addressed the audience and noted that Ukraine is currently fighting for the whole of Europe. The way Ukrainian municipalities work during the war proves that the decision to carry out reform decentralization was visionary and far-sighted.
Leendert Verbeek, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, spoke on behalf of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. He greeted friends and partners and noted that the reconstruction of Ukraine really needs to start from local communities, from the bottom up, and that President Zelensky’s appeal to other cities and regions of Europe with a request to support recovery efforts is welcome.
Fabrizio Rossi, Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, expressed his respect for the Ukrainian authorities and the support of the Association of Ukrainian Cities. He stressed that the revival of Ukraine is a strategic goal of CEMR: "If we unite together, we will be able to demonstrate the strength and capabilities of the local and regional level, meet the needs and expectations of citizens and build a sustainable and bright future for Ukraine."
Program reports on the role of culture, economics and geopolitics in shaping the architecture of the future Ukraine were made by:
Orysia Demska, Professor, First Chairperson of the National Commission on Ukrainian Language Standards: “We are looking for and modeling the architecture of the Revival, and the culture should be the main component. Now the line between culture and economy is disappearing. Small business is a driver of change, but it is culture that can unite Ukraine. We can look at an example of the Magdeburg cities of Ukraine - more than 200 cities - had become centers of culture at those times. Now we have other centers, such as Mariupol, which can become centers of formation of our identity. We need to perceive culture as a part of life, as our resource and preserve these ideas for the future revival of Ukraine ".
Oksana Shchehelska, Professor of Kyiv-Mohyla Business School spoke about the economic vector of community recovery and the economy of network systems as an opportunity.
Serhii Korsunskyi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Japan focused on issues of geopolitics. He noted the great role of Ukraine, which is now changing the world. S. Korsunsky said that the mayors of many Japanese cities express support for the Ukrainian communities, they are impressed by the courage of Ukraine and believe in our victory.
In Part I of the Forum: «CHALLENGES OF WAR OVERCOME BY COMMUNITIES», the speeches were made by:
► Oleksii Chernyshov, Minister of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine,
► Olena Shuliak, Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on the Organization of State Power, Local Self-Government, Regional Development and Urban Planning,
► Ihor Terekhov, Mayor of Kharkiv, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Branch of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, Member of the AUC Board,
► Anatolii Fedoruk, Mayor of Bucha, Chairman of Kyiv Regional Branch of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, Member of the AUC Board,
► Vadym Boichenko, Mayor of Mariupol, Member of the AUC Board,
► Vitalii Maletskyi, Mayor of Kremenchuk, Member of the AUC Board,
► Halyna Minaieva, Mayor of Chuhuiv, Member of the AUC Board,
► Yurii Vilkul, Acting Mayor of Kryvyi Rih,
► Ruth Schagemann, President of the Council of Architects of Europe,
► Oleksandr Sienkevych, Mayor of Mykolayiv, Chairman of Mykolayiv Regional Branch of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, Member of the AUC Board,
► Olena Sydorenko, Head of Orzhytsia Settlement Council, Member of the AUC Board,
► Yurii Konovalenko, Mayor of Polohy, Head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Branch,
► Georg Milbradt, Special Envoy of the Government of Germany on Decentralization, Good Governavce and Reforms in Ukraine.
In Part II of the Forum: «JOINT ACTION – A BASIS OF REVIVED UKRAINE», the speeches were made by:
► Karl Vanlouwe (BE/EA) Member of Flemish Parliament, Member of European Committee of the Regions,
► Ülo Vooglaid, USSR Deputy, Estonian MP in 1992–1996, 1996–1998 and
2004—2005 , sociologist,
► Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of the World Organization «United Cities and Local Governments» (UCLG),
► Vitalii Bezhin, Member of Parliment of Ukraine, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Administrative and Territorial Organization of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the Organization of State Power, Local Self-Government, Regional Development and Urban Planning,
► Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, President of the Association of Romanian Municipalities, Member of European Committee of the Regions,
► Oleksandr Chyzhevskyi, President of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine,
► Arzy Khairedynova, «Soborna Ukraine» Foundation,
► Gunn Marit Helgesen, President of the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities,
► Yurii Fomichev, Mayor of Slavutych,
► Anna Kyrii, Deputy Chairman of the Architectural Chamber of Ukraine of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine,
► Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Mayor of Jonava District Municipality, Lithuania, President of the Association of Local Authorities of Lithuania,
► Nataliia Prysukhina, СЕО at PRO PM Construction Project Management Shool,
► Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe,
► Andrii Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv, Chairman of Lviv Regional Branch of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, Member of the AUC Board.
Vitaliy Klitschko, Chairman of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, Mayor of Kyiv summed up the Forum.
At the end of the Forum, a Declaration on Cooperation on the Restoration of Ukraine was signed between the Association of Ukrainian Cities and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
and Memorandum of Cooperation between the Association of Ukrainian Cities and the National Union of Architects of Ukraine.
MANIFEST of «reVIVEd Ukraine - reVIVEd communities» Forum (upload).