REZNIKOV: MINISTRY FOR REINTEGRATION DISCUSSED THE REALIZATION OF JOINT PROJECTS WITH OSCE WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF REINTEGRATION OF TOT
Deputy Prime Minister Oleksii Reznikov and Project Co-ordinators of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) during an online meeting discussed the implementation of joint projects of the OSCE and the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine within the framework of reintegration of TOT.
Parties agreed to continue the initiated projects, to strengthen cooperation and, as a first step, to hold a joint working group, where a list of issues on reintegration will be defined, in the framework of which it is planned to establish new projects to realize joint tasks.
This meeting was facilitated by Henrik Villadsen (OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine), Karin Roelke (Deputy OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine), Roksolana Melnyk (national manager of the Project “Dialogue for Reform and Social Cohesion in Ukraine”), Milienko Vakhtarich (Technical Adviser of the Project “Development of Ukraine's Mine Action Potential”) and Anna Makkin (national manager of the Project “Development of Ukraine's Mine Action Potential”).
The Ministry is one of the recipients and beneficiaries of the OSCE Project “Development of Ukraine's Mine Action Potential”, aimed at raising the level of mine risk and explosive objects awareness among the civilians of selected territorial communities in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
Within the framework of the cooperation, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine organizes training sessions with the participation of Ukrainian and international experts and carry out a number of other activities that are aimed at reintegration. It is important that the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, together with the Ministry of Education and Science, has identified priority areas for cooperation to support a dialogue with the Council of Representatives for Non-Governmental Associations of Indigenous Peoples, National Minorities of Ukraine to facilitate the transition period in schools to switch to Ukrainian language of instruction from Russian and to provide access to education for Roma children.
Additionally, the Ministry is currently working on the production and distribution of children's colouring books and school journals for students in grades 5 to 11, as well as layout stands with mines and explosive objects for use in the educational process.
Let us recall, that the Ministry's cooperation with the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine began in 2018 in the framework of the priority area “Social stability and Peacebuilding” of the State Target Program for the Recovery of Eastern Regions of Ukraine. A number of dialogues on strategy development of Kherson Oblast and establishment of relations between local self-government bodies were implemented in the course of joint work of the Ministry, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator and the National Association of Mediators in Ukraine.
The Youth Contact Group held 4 workshops on conflict resolution and the use of dialogue for more than 60 participants of youth organizations, students and pupils from Donetsk Oblast. Kyiv hosted the exhibition “Puzzle Connection”, which was attended by over 70 representatives of international organizations, diplomatic missions, government agencies, civil society, mass media, and the like.
A working group of Ukrainian facilitators and mediators was created to develop concept and structure of a new online course on dialogue facilitation for civil servants, as well as to update the basic online course on dialogue. The course was launched in February 2020.
All this made it possible to build “bridges” between all regions of Ukraine, to provide the foundation for stability and social resilience.
“Considering all productive joint work and despite the fact that Ukraine's cooperation with the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine is one of the key components of the process of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of our State and one of the mechanisms of confidence building and peacebuilding in the East of Ukraine, we are confident that further cooperation is not only proper, it is essential. Certainly, this is one of the important mechanisms of a successful dialogue in Ukraine,” emphasized Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov.