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Multitrack dialogues promote new approaches

Published on Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Activities organised by the National Platform have received plenty of positive feedback and support from institutional actors and participants in Ukraine since the launch of the initiative in 2018. With CMI’s expert support and funding from the European Union, this initiative offers an inclusive platform for Ukrainians to discuss the Donbas conflict settlement process and the secure reintegration of the country.

An open discussion of the National Platform “Dialogue on Peace and Secure Reintegration” on the topic “Local elections
2020: lessons for the unity and stability in the country” on 29 October 2020.

Securing the future of Ukraine calls for comprehensive dialogue among all the relevant actors. The National Platform “Dialogue on Peace and Secure Reintegration” increases public participation in the peace process from the side of Ukraine and provides policy advice to Ukrainian decision-makers. Through these activities, the initiative aims to strengthen Ukraine’s resilience and consensus for dealing with the armed conflict.

The National Platform has managed to set up a functional dialogue mechanism for varied engagement formats within various groups and stakeholders and between them at local, regional and national levels.

“In its inclusiveness and participatory approach, this is a unique initiative offering ways for Ukrainian society to be involved in the reintegration process and thereby influence its outcome”, says CMI’s Project Manager Vasyl Belmega.

UKRAINE

Population: 43.9 million

Area: 603,628 km2

Largest cities: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro

Human development index: 0.779 (ranked 74th in the
world)

Our work: CMI works to improve the robustness of the
Donbas peace process by working both within Ukraine
to promote dialogue and by building channels among
stakeholders of the official peace process.

The platform has gained strong support from a broad range of political and civic actors. Overall, public activities have garnered a total media outreach of around 15 million people during the last 1,5 years.

“Our idea is a dialogue for peace based on the principles of secure reintegration. What does it mean? We are choosing the right methods and the right pace of reintegration in order not to create new threats to state sovereignty, not to give rise to new misunderstandings between different regions and not to create tensions in the society”, explained Volodymyr Lupatsii, a cofounder of the National Platform on the #politikaUA programme of the “Rada” TV channel.

Secure reintegration provides a comprehensive, realistic, Ukrainian-owned approach to overcoming the armed conflict in the east of the country. This concept has been promoted for several years now by the Ukrainian experts of the National Platform.

CMI will continue supporting the National Platform as it focuses on building the civic and institutional capacities and societal resilience needed to achieve a sustainable settlement of the ongoing armed conflict in the east of the country.

This article was published in our Annual Report 2020.