Yesterday, on 24 may 2016, an official opening of the refurbished accommodation center for IDPs took place in Sofiyivka settlement, Dnipropetrovsk region. The major repair of the building, including window replacement, roof repair and finishing works has been done with support of the joint UNDP/EU project “Community based approach to local development”(CBA).
The accommodation center can host 70 persons. Four IDP families have already moved in. It is the fifth object repaired in partnership of the local authorities with UNDP. The repair costs amounted to 1,5 mln Hryvnias.
Present at the opening were Hlib Pryhunov, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, CBA project coordinator in Dnipropetrovsk region, representatives of NGOs who were involved in the implementation of this initiative, and IDP families.
On 18-19 May 2016, an international Forum on “Shaping Smarter and More Sustainable Cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals” took place in Rome. This strategic event is aimed at stimulating countries to effective solving of the urban problems and introduction of environment friendly urban services based on technological innovation, including smart transportation system, smart heath care, smart energy and smart education as well as achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) jointly with the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy and The Chamber of Commerce of Rome.
The Ukrainian delegation also attended the Forum. In particular, Vitaliy Lukov, mayor of Voznesensk city, Mykolaiv region, presented the innovative experience of this city. Starting from 2006 Voznesensk is cooperating with the UNDP that supports the local initiatives on implementation of energy efficient measures and e-governance. For instance, every citizen of Voznesensk has its electronic medical card and all medical information for the local hospitals is collected in the single online database.
On 17 May 2016, a winning team in All-Ukrainian student debates on sustainable development organized by the CBA Network of Partner Universities, has been announced. This year the debates were focused on discussions of Sustainable Development Goals.
Winner of the debates is the team of Donetsk National University currently relocated to Vinnytsia. Members of the winning team were awarded with tablet PCs. They were also invited to attend a summer school that will take place in Kamyanets-Podilsky city, Khmelnytsk region, this year.
The second place in the debates was earned by the team of Odesa Legal Academy that hosted this event. The audience also favoured the performance of the team of Uzhgorod National University.
On 17 May 2016, adelegation of four members of European Parliament has visited Lviv region where local community initiatives are being implemented with support of the joint UNDP/EU project “Community-based approach to local development” (CBA). MPs, who are members of the Budgetary Control Committee responsible for controlling the spending of EU money, are visiting Ukraine to see how the EU aid allocated for supporting stabilization and reform process in Ukraine is being used on the ground.
Head of delegation Inge Gräßle (Germany) and her colleagues Joachim Zeller (Germany), Derek Vaughan (UK), Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR, Poland) were briefed about the implementation of the CBA project in Lviv region during 2008-2016. The guests visited Luky village, Sambirsky rayon, where they saw the results of microprojects on energy saving and energy efficiency in a local school and a kindergarten, in particular, reconstruction of boiler house where an old equipment was replaced with energy saving gas condensing boilers. Thanks to this initiative, the village community saved some 19,000 m³ of gas during the last heating season.
Community of Kinski Rozdory village, Zaporizhya region, is already celebrating the Europe Day traditionally held in May. On 16 May 2016, the official handover of the agricultural equipment procured with support of the joint UNDP/EU project “Community-based approach to local development” (CBA) for the local agricultural cooperative took place.
Present at the event were representatives of the oblast authorities, including Kostyantyn Bryl, Head of Zaporizhya Oblast State Administration, Hryhoriy Samardak, Head of Zaporizhya Oblast Council, as well as CBA regional coordinators, representatives of Association of amalgamated territorial communities of Zaporizhya region, representatives of a civic organization “Euromolod”, and local schoolchildren.
Kinski rozdory community, where agricultural cooperative “Zlahoda 2015” has been recently created, takes part in the CBA project. With project’s support, the cooperative received agricultural equipment for processing vegetable waste into fuel pellets. In particular, the cooperative received power press for manufacturing of pellets, disc mower, tedder rake, pellet expander, biomass breaker and other specialized equipment.
The IIІ phase of the Community Based Approach to Local Development Project (CBA) launched its activities on 2014. The Project is funded by the European Union and is co-financed and implemented by UNDP Ukraine. More...