The All-Ukrainian Forum of IDP Councils will be held for the first time in Kyiv

Опубліковано 27 October 2023 року, о 11:00

The Forum was organized on the initiative of the Ministry of Reintegration in cooperation with the «Stabilization Support Services» Charitable Foundation, with the support of UNHCR and IREX.

The event will happen from November 1 to 3 and is the initial platform for IDPs, the state, the public sector, and international organizations to engage in dialogue.

Attendees will consist of Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk, Members of Parliament, officials from state and local governments, representatives of international organizations, and members of civil society and volunteer organizations. The forum will have representatives from IDP Councils throughout Ukraine in attendance.

The forum aims to work together in creating algorithms that support individuals who have been internally displaced.

Currently, there are around 5 million IDPs in Ukraine. Nearly all need help with social protection, finding a job, and fully integrating into their new communities.

“We aim to bring the government, civil society, and international organizations together to work on the adaptation and integration of IDPs in host communities,” said Vice Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.

It is important to recall that IDP councils are called upon to advocate for the interests of internally displaced persons, i.e. to protect their rights in new communities and thus facilitate their integration and adaptation in a new place.

An IDP Council is a consultative and advisory body comprising internally displaced persons and operating voluntarily, on a non-partisan basis. Currently, more than 500 IDP councils are established in Ukraine.