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Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) in Lugano on 4–5 July 2022

The Ukraine Reform Conference scheduled to take place on 4 and 5 July has been renamed the Ukraine Recovery Conference to reflect the new focus of the gathering. The way to rebuild Ukraine is through a broad-based political and diplomatic process. Switzerland and Ukraine want to start this process in Lugano. Discussions will focus on Ukraine's reconstruction and development programme and on contributions from international partners.

Current situation

Switzerland is continuously assessing the situation in consultation with our Ukrainian partners. Preparatory work is under way to analyse which topics and contents are most useful to Ukraine in the current situation.

Media Corner

All information regarding the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2022 relevant to the media will be made available on this webpage in due time.

The logo of the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022)
The Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) will take place in Lugano on 4 and 5 July 2022. (© FDFA)

The conference is being co-organised by Ukraine and Switzerland and demonstrates Switzerland’s support for the only country on the European continent currently affected by armed conflict. Prior to Russia’s attack on Ukraine in February 2022, Switzerland was the fifth largest bilateral donor in Ukraine, which is also one of the few countries where the Swiss international cooperation strategy is being implemented using all of its instruments (development cooperation, humanitarian aid and peacebuilding).

Hosting the URC2022 in Switzerland gives us the opportunity to foster an inclusive approach to the reform agenda in Ukraine based on shared responsibility. The URC2022 conference will now go beyond reforms and is aimed at rebuilding Ukraine. Switzerland will be able to support Ukraine with its expertise, engagement and unique position as a non-EU and non-NATO European country.

URC2022 is expected to attract international delegations as well as representatives from the private sector and civil society. Details are not yet known. The participation of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Shmyhal is confirmed, but in what form (physical or virtual) depends on how the situation evolves.

History of the Ukraine-Reform Conference

After the Euromaidan in 2013, Ukraine embarked on an ambitious reform programme. Since then, the authorities have effected more reforms than in the two decades since Ukraine's independence in 1991. Euromaidan crystallised the Ukrainian people's aspirations for a more European direction and closer alignment with European values for their social contract and international orientation. Although the revolution proved to be a great source of inspiration and a driver of Ukraine's reforms, it was the association agreement and free trade agreement with the EU as well as visa liberalisation that actually anchored the country's reform agenda. To date, Ukraine has undergone landmark reforms in banking, decentralisation and digital transformation.

The Ukraine Reform Conference (URC) takes place once a year and provides an annual overview of developments. It was launched in London in 2017 (2018 Copenhagen, 2019 Toronto and, due to COVID-19, only again in 2021 in Vilnius). The goal of the URC is for Ukraine to present the progress it has made, for international partners to express support, and for all stakeholders to examine what steps to take next to advance the reform process. Each URC is co-organised by the foreign ministers of the host country and Ukraine.

The conferences have been attended in recent years by a number of prominent people from Europe and North America representing politics, business and civil society. In view of how important the reform agenda is for Ukraine, after his election in 2019 President Zelenskyy also decided to attend the URC conferences. In addition to state representatives, major organisations such as the IMF, World Bank, NATO, EBRD, EIB, EU, OECD, UNDP and Council of Europe are also invited.

 

URC2021 Vilnius

On 7–8 July 2021, Lithuania and Ukraine will co-host the Ukraine Reform Conference in Vilnius (URC2021), the fourth edition after London (2017), Copenhagen (2018) and Toronto (2019). The URC is an opportunity for Ukraine to present the concrete progress it has made as well as its political objectives post-2021.

URC2021 Vilnius

URC2019 Toronto

The Ukraine Reform Conference is an important annual event focusing on the progress of reforms in Ukraine. The third edition took place on 2–4 July 2019 in Toronto, Canada. The URC is key to bringing together Ukrainian authorities and international partners in order to assess the democratic transformation and reforms that have been taking place in the country since 2014.

URC2019 Toronto

URC2018 Kopenhagen

On 27 June 2018, Denmark and Ukraine co-hosted the second Ukraine Reform Conference entitled 'A driver for change'. 

URC2018 Kopenhagen

URC2017 London

On 6 July 2017, the UK and Ukraine co-hosted the first major international Ukraine Reform Conference in London. The reform programme that had been launched in 2014 was the most comprehensive and ambitious since Ukraine's independence. However, there is still a long way to go, and the commitment of the Ukrainian government as well as continued international support remains crucial. URC2017 brought together Ukraine and its international partners in order to step up support for the country's reforms.

URC2017 London

Last update 24.05.2022

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