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International Sustainability Forum 2024

International Sustainability Forum 2024

Today, in the world of challenges and threats facing humanity, the issue of sustainable development is crucial!
Wars and natural disasters have rocked the world, is it possible to resist them? What legacy are we passing on to our future generations?


ASDE with Forum’s partners aims to bring together the stakeholders in Ukraine’s and EU's business and financial sectors for a frank and practical discussion on what should be done for the green recovery of Ukraine. For more than two years the country faced unprecedented circumstances and negative impacts on all spheres of society and the environment. Urgent support is needed to mitigate the effect of the ongoing war and the recent massive bombardments of the critical infrastructure that impacted globally for the world. The global challenge is to find a way to support economic development in line with the EU agenda stimulating sustainable investing.

Today, in the world of challenges and threats facing humanity, the issue of sustainable development is crucial!
Wars and natural disasters have rocked the world, is it possible to resist them? What legacy are we passing on to our future generations?


ASDE with Forum’s partners aims to bring together the stakeholders in Ukraine’s and EU's business and financial sectors for a frank and practical discussion on what should be done for the green recovery of Ukraine. For more than two years the country faced unprecedented circumstances and negative impacts on all spheres of society and the environment. Urgent support is needed to mitigate the effect of the ongoing war and the recent massive bombardments of the critical infrastructure that impacted globally for the world. The global challenge is to find a way to support economic development in line with the EU agenda stimulating sustainable investing.

International Sustainability Forum 2024 - is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance cooperation on critical challenges and address gaps in the green recovery of Ukraine and the development of the economy based on the principles of sustainability

International Sustainability Forum 2024 - is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance cooperation on critical challenges and address gaps in the green recovery of Ukraine and the development of the economy based on the principles of sustainability

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Duration & Time:

October 24-25, 2024 (online/offline)

Type:

Brainstorming forum with high-interaction,
panel-led sessions

Location:

Kyiv (Ukraine) and The Hague (The Netherlands)

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Objectives of event:

  • ● Form an international network and ecosystem partnership for the green recovery of Ukraine and support for EU accession
    ● Form a sustainability business community platform of Ukrainian and partner countries for realization joining business development against global threats
    ● Connect local businesses with international investors
    ● Create a platform on global financial methodologies and practices that will help to find the necessary resources for the recovery, adjustment, and development of activities not only for Ukrainian business during the war and the post-war period but also for businesses in other fragile and post-conflict countries

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Objectives of event:

  • Form an international network and ecosystem partnership for the green recovery of Ukraine and support for EU accession
    ● Form a sustainability business community platform of Ukrainian and partner countries for realization joining business development against global threats
    ● Connect local businesses with international investors
    ● Create a platform on global financial methodologies and practices that will help to find the necessary resources for the recovery, adjustment, and development of activities not only for Ukrainian business during the war and the post-war period but also for businesses in other fragile and post-conflict countries


Proposed participants/ stakeholders:

● Government authorities● International organizations● Private and public sector: Ukrainian and international companies from different industries sectors ● Finance sector ● NGOs and associations ● UN programs


Target audience:

Mid-senior level management: businesses, NGOs, governmental agencies, financial institutions, EU delegations
Public and private companies will remain the main target audience of the forum, as well as investors that aimed to discover development strategy of the real sector economy


Proposed participants/ stakeholders:

● Government authorities● International organizations● Private and public sector: Ukrainian and international companies from different industries sectors ● Finance sector ● NGOs and associations ● UN programs


Target audience:

Mid-senior level management: businesses, NGOs, governmental agencies, financial institutions, EU delegations
Public and private companies will remain the main target audience of the forum, as well as investors that aimed to discover development strategy of the real sector economy

UKRAINIAN AGENDA

24 October, 2024

UKRAINIAN AGENDA

24 October, 2024

  • Panel 1: EU accession of Ukraine - what's needed for economic growth based on sustainable development principles 

    Panel observation: On 23 June 2022, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the immediate granting of candidate status for EU membership to Ukraine. On the same day, the European Council granted Ukraine the status of a candidate for accession to the EU. Ukraine faced a number of criteria to follow: to preserve democratic governance and human rights, have a functioning market economy, and accept the obligations and intent of the European Union. This Panel will focus on what has been done since 23 June 2022 and what is needed.

  • Panel 2: Role and impact of donors during the war and post-war recovery – what programs and plans are delivering?

    Panel observation: Recovery of Ukraine involves tasks such as distribution of relief assistance, restoration of physical infrastructure and facilities, reestablishment of social services, creation of appropriate conditions for the private sector development, and implementation of essential structural reforms for macroeconomic stability and sustainable growth. Nowadays, a vast number of projects are realized, but is it enough, what key focus of support? This panel will cover plans and programs of donors and partner organization

  • Panel 3: Unlocking finance and partnerships for recovery and SDG action – how can it be done?

    Panel observation: Since 2022, the MDBs has reached a significant milestone in its fundraising efforts to support Ukraine, committed by a wide range of partners and donors. This includes a variety of financial instruments, including co-investment products such as funded guarantees and capex grants, unfunded guarantees as well as technical cooperation grants for policy and expertise, to be used across different sectors to help protect Ukraine’s economy. In 2024 the EU set up the Ukraine Investment Framework, the financial arm and an integral component of the €50 billion Ukraine Facility to incentivize public and private investments for the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine. This panel will focus on how to facilitate investments in Ukraine both local and international levels. Important issues include business opportunities in key sectors of the Ukrainian economy, state support instruments, and international support in access to sustainable financing.

  • Panel 4: ESG disclosure as an avenue for social and economic change – how to get all stakeholders on board?

    Panel observation: EU accession is an enabling process for economic growth, investment security and the sustainable recovery of a competitive economy. that requires Ukraine to follow EU sustainability regulations, transparency and reporting, which is not in priority on “Do list”. This panel will focus on EU taxonomy, ESG reporting, CBAM and other regulations that are coming in one package with EU membership

  • Panel 1: EU accession of Ukraine - what's needed for economic growth based on sustainable development principles 

    Panel observation: On 23 June 2022, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the immediate granting of candidate status for EU membership to Ukraine. On the same day, the European Council granted Ukraine the status of a candidate for accession to the EU. Ukraine faced a number of criteria to follow: to preserve democratic governance and human rights, have a functioning market economy, and accept the obligations and intent of the European Union. This Panel will focus on what has been done since 23 June 2022 and what is needed.

  • Panel 2: Role and impact of donors during the war and post-war recovery – what programs and plans are delivering?

    Panel observation: Recovery of Ukraine involves tasks such as distribution of relief assistance, restoration of physical infrastructure and facilities, reestablishment of social services, creation of appropriate conditions for the private sector development, and implementation of essential structural reforms for macroeconomic stability and sustainable growth. Nowadays, a vast number of projects are realized, but is it enough, what key focus of support? This panel will cover plans and programs of donors and partner organization

  • Panel 3: Unlocking finance and partnerships for recovery and SDG action – how can it be done?

    Panel observation: Since 2022, the MDBs has reached a significant milestone in its fundraising efforts to support Ukraine, committed by a wide range of partners and donors. This includes a variety of financial instruments, including co-investment products such as funded guarantees and capex grants, unfunded guarantees as well as technical cooperation grants for policy and expertise, to be used across different sectors to help protect Ukraine’s economy.

  • Panel 4: ESG disclosure as an avenue for social and economic change – how to get all stakeholders on board?

    Panel observation: EU accession is an enabling process for economic growth, investment security and the sustainable recovery of a competitive economy. that requires Ukraine to follow EU sustainability regulations, transparency and reporting, which is not in priority on “Do list”. This panel will focus on EU taxonomy, ESG reporting, CBAM and other regulations that are coming in one package with EU membership

DUTCH AGENDA

25 October, 2024

DUTCH AGENDA

25 October, 2024

  • Panel 1: Partnering for strengthening resilience and post-war recovery of the region - unlocking finance market 

    Panel observation: European regulatory framework is pressing financial institutions to integrate climate risk in decision making and support the EU’s net zero transition. Banks must therefore concentrate on managing risks in their loan portfolios while also financing sustainable initiatives. To facilitate investments in Ukraine both local and international, it is important to strengthen confidence in the Ukrainian business environment, showcase success stories and sustainable performance. Careful coordination between Ukraine’s leaders and international investment partners is required to integrate a sustainability approach into Ukraine’s recovery plan and maximize the effectiveness and impact of their interventions. This panel will focus on financial products and solutions available on the market.

  • Panel 2: Sustainable infrastructure solutions in private and public sector to tackle energy security, nature protection and climate adaptation

    Panel observation: Military aggression against Ukraine has had a considerable and lasting impact on the country's economy and led to devastating consequences for the environment and society. Already before the war, Ukraine – like many other countries – was facing significant environmental challenges, including climate crisis and biodiversity loss. Thus, Ukraine has an extremely challenging task – rebuild and restore its infrastructure and economy destroyed by the ongoing war and at the same time continue implementing its sustainability commitments under various international treaties, such as Paris Agreement on climate, and national sustainable development plans.

  • Panel 3: Human Capital Development 

    Panel observation: Foster inclusive and sustainable human development in Ukraine is one of the priorities of the government, business, and society. Human capital development is one of the key areas of Government’s work on the Ukraine Plan under the Ukraine Facility programme. Over the next decade, a shortage of about 4.5 million workers is expected in the labour market. There is an urgent need of a balanced inclusive policy, including in the area of deinstitutionalisation of care for children, the elderly and people with disabilities, aimed at improving conditions for their care, as well as at engaging all productive forces for the development and recovery of the national economy. This panel will focus on solutions and projects

  • Panel 4: War’s Impact on Food & Agri: what challenges are facing Ukrainian and EU producers?

    Panel observation: European agriculture has doubly suffered as a result of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia from the moment Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. It was first affected by the Russian embargo on agricultural and food products from the European Union in retaliation for the sanctions imposed by the EU. As for Ukraine, since 2017, under its association agreement with the European Union, it has taken advantage of the great potential of its agriculture and its low production costs, which are less than half those in Europe, to increase its exports of maize and sunflowers to the European market.

  • Panel 1: Partnering for strengthening resilience and post-war recovery of the region - unlocking finance market 

    Panel observation: European regulatory framework is pressing financial institutions to integrate climate risk in decision making and support the EU’s net zero transition. Banks must therefore concentrate on managing risks in their loan portfolios while also financing sustainable initiatives. To facilitate investments in Ukraine both local and international, it is important to strengthen confidence in the Ukrainian business environment, showcase success stories and sustainable performance. Careful coordination between Ukraine’s leaders and international investment partners is required to integrate a sustainability approach into Ukraine’s recovery plan and maximize the effectiveness and impact of their interventions. This panel will focus on financial products and solutions available on the market.

  • Panel 2: Sustainable infrastructure solutions in private and public sector to tackle energy security, nature protection and climate adaptation

    Panel observation: Military aggression against Ukraine has had a considerable and lasting impact on the country's economy and led to devastating consequences for the environment and society. Already before the war, Ukraine – like many other countries – was facing significant environmental challenges, including climate crisis and biodiversity loss. Thus, Ukraine has an extremely challenging task – rebuild and restore its infrastructure and economy destroyed by the ongoing war and at the same time continue implementing its sustainability commitments under various international treaties, such as Paris Agreement on climate, and national sustainable development plans.
    This panel will include practical discussion on the following topics:● Importance of the renewables sector and Ukraine’s potential to become a key provider of green energy for domestic and international markets and creating resilient Ukraine’s energy system● Energy efficiency in industry, transport and buildings – resource saving potential and innovative solutions● Water management framework for Ukraine’s economic recovery● Building back better – importance of embedding green and resilience standards into reconstruction activities● Impacts of war actions and climate change on nature, biodiversity and other environmental values. Solutions for nature-friendly recovery

  • Panel 3: Human Capital Development 

    Panel observation: Foster inclusive and sustainable human development in Ukraine is one of the priorities of the government, business, and society. Human capital development is one of the key areas of Government’s work on the Ukraine Plan under the Ukraine Facility programme. Over the next decade, a shortage of about 4.5 million workers is expected in the labour market. There is an urgent need of a balanced inclusive policy, including in the area of deinstitutionalisation of care for children, the elderly and people with disabilities, aimed at improving conditions for their care, as well as at engaging all productive forces for the development and recovery of the national economy. This panel will focus on solutions and projects

  • Panel 4: War’s Impact on Food & Agri: what challenges are facing Ukrainian and EU producers?

    Panel observation: European agriculture has doubly suffered as a result of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia from the moment Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. It was first affected by the Russian embargo on agricultural and food products from the European Union in retaliation for the sanctions imposed by the EU. As for Ukraine, since 2017, under its association agreement with the European Union, it has taken advantage of the great potential of its agriculture and its low production costs, which are less than half those in Europe, to increase its exports of maize and sunflowers to the European market.

Speakers of the forum

*list is constantly updated

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Oleksii Sobolev

Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine

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Jaco Cilliers

Resident Representative of the UNDP in Ukraine

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Olena Pavlenko

President DiXi Group

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Andriy Kitura

DiXi Group Development Director

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Ima Khrenova-Shymkina

Program Manager, Regional ESG Advisory Lead Europe, Middle-East and Pakistan at GIZ

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Anna Zhovtenko

Project Manager at Energy and Environment Portfolio in UNDP Ukraine

Speakers

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Oleksii Sobolev

Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine

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Olena Pavlenko

President DiXi Group

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Ima Khrenova-Shymkina

Program Manager, Regional ESG Advisory Lead Europe, Middle-East and Pakistan at GIZ

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Anna Zhovtenko

Project Manager at Energy and Environment Portfolio in UNDP Ukraine

Moderators of the forum

*list is constantly updated

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Yevgeniya Afanasenko

Principal Environmental Adviser at EBRD, member of the ASDE Advisory Board

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Viktoriya Protsenko

Project Manager: Environmental and Sustainability Donor Funds, EBRD

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Iaroslava Savastieieva

Deputy Director, Operations at European Business Association

Moderators

*list is constantly updated

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Yevgeniya Afanasenko

Principal Environmental Adviser at EBRD, member of the ASDE Advisory Board

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Viktoriya Protsenko

Project Manager: Environmental and Sustainability Donor Funds, EBRD

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Iaroslava Savastieieva

Deputy Director, Operations at European Business Association

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