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Berlin Conference Solidifies International Support for Ukraine’s Recovery

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IOM helps repair a building damaged by shelling in Odesa, southern Ukraine. Photo: IOM/Stanislav Kalach
IOM helps repair a building damaged by shelling in Odesa, southern Ukraine. Photo: IOM/Stanislav Kalach

The Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) concluded in Berlin with a firm commitment from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 14 countries, and various development institutions to support Ukraine’s recovery, reconstruction, and reform efforts.

IOM Deputy Director General for Management and Reform Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano highlighted IOM’s steadfast dedication to aiding Ukraine and thanked the German government for its ongoing support. “We must do all we can to help those affected by the war, particularly the most vulnerable,” said Vojáčková-Sollorano. “Empowering local communities and authorities to lead their own recovery and reconstruction will be key in this process.”

The conference, organized by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Government of Ukraine, successfully gathered political and financial backing through the formation of alliances focused on small-medium enterprises, sustainable municipalities, skills building, health, and gender equality.

IOM committed to enhancing its efforts through public and private sector partnerships, aiming to deliver innovative solutions for Ukraine’s economic and social recovery. Vojáčková-Sollorano emphasized the need to support the redevelopment of micro and small businesses, skill-building initiatives for internally displaced persons and veterans, and the reconstruction of municipal housing.

During the conference, IOM secured an additional EUR 20 million in funding from the European Union to improve border management infrastructure and facilitate the flow of essential goods through Ukraine’s borders. Discussions also addressed the severe humanitarian impacts of ongoing hostilities in eastern Ukraine.

IOM Ukraine’s Chief of Mission Alessia Schiavon commented on the dire situation in the east, noting, “Communities continue to suffer, and humanitarian needs remain high. We must not forget that the war continues to rage on – destroying lives and shattering any hope for recovery for thousands. IOM is committed to staying and delivering to ensure those affected get the help they need.”

IOM’s response to the Ukraine crisis spans 12 countries and has assisted 6.5 million people since the war began. The organization appeals to the donor community to fund the response, which requires USD 1.5 billion over the next three years as outlined in the IOM Strategic Response Plan: Ukraine and Neighbouring Countries 2024-2026.

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