Resilience and recovery in Ukraine: Exploring pathways forward in the midst of war


12 January 2023
Event Details

18 January 2023

15:00 - 16.15 CET

Venue 81, Stockholm or via livestream

The invasion of Ukraine has caused a tremendous loss of life and livelihoods, putting stress on the economy, and forcing millions of people to leave their homes. According to the Government of Ukraine, at least US$100 billion worth of buildings, roads, bridges, hospitals, and schools have been destroyed. The war has caused half the country’s businesses to shut completely, while the other half are struggling. As the fighting continues, the negative repercussions ripple across Ukraine, the region, and the world.

As the destruction intensifies, efforts to rebuild continue unabated. Across humanitarian, development and peacebuilding needs, the coordinated response of the UN and partners is assisting the people and the Government of Ukraine to recover and reconstruct now, ensuring that immediate needs are linked to long-term goals. The work we implement today will have a long-term sustainable impact, supporting the country’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

In this seminar a panel of distinguished speakers will take a deeper look at the current needs of Ukraine and the region and explore pathways towards recovery in the midst of war.


  • Diana Janse, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade
  • H.E. Andrii Plakhotniuk, Ambassador of Ukraine to Sweden
  • Ivana Živković, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP
  • Dima Al-Khatib, Resident Representative, UNDP Moldova
  • Anders Pedersen, International Director, Swedish Red Cross
  • Moderator: Christophoros Politis, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Ukraine

Date and time: Wednesday, 18th January, 15.00 - 16.15 CET

Location: Venue 81, Drottninggatan 81 in Stockholm or via livestream.


A man sweeps rubble from the balcony of an apartment damaged by shelling.

Shelling-Obolon district, Kyiv, 14 March 2022. Photo Oleksandr Ratushniak

UNDP Ukraine

The seminar is a part of the UNDP Sweden seminar series #ReimaginingDevelopment which aims to contribute to a deeper conversation about the future of development by exploring how we can reimagine the ways in which we address the major challenges of our time.