Doors will open at 13:30 for a prompt 14:00 start to a conversation with Penny Pritzker, US Special Representative for Ukraine’s Economic Recovery.

On June 11 and 12, the German government, in partnership with the government of Ukraine, will host the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2024) with the aim of supporting Ukraine’s economic and social recovery from Russia’s war of aggression.

On the day before URC2024 begins, GMF will convene 200 representatives from Ukraine’s municipalities, cities, and regions, as well as civil society actors, philanthropists, and business and media representatives from Ukraine and its partner countries to explore the local dimension of reconstruction, recovery and reform. Under the theme All Reconstruction is Local, the pre-conference aims to investigate the following questions: What are the benefits and limitations of city and state twinning as well as regional cooperation models? How can improved cooperation be fostered between national and local reconstruction plans rather than competition?  What are the human capital and project management needs at the local level? How will access to finance and insurance be distributed at the local level? How can EU regulations, sustainability and the highest transparency standards be ensured locally?

The agenda will feature discussions looking at concrete partnership models aiming to support Ukrainian cities and regions but will also dive deeper into specific policy areas including rebuilding the local energy sector, anti-corruption efforts and the question of local ownership vs. wartime centralization. Speakers at the event will include both policy makers from the United States, Europe, and Ukraine, as well as civil society and private sector representatives. Some of the sessions of the event will be live-streamed and therefore also available to an online audience, while other sessions will take place under Chatham House rules to enable an open and honest discussion among participants. 


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