5 December 2015 – United Nations in Ukraine, UN Volunteers in Ukraine jointly with civil society organizations and Resource center GURT held nation wide round of consultations in 11 cities on localizations of SDG in Ukraine dedicated to the International Volunteer Day.

5 December 2015 – United Nations in Ukraine, UN Volunteers in Ukraine jointly with civil society organizations and Resource center GURT held nation wide round of consultations in 11 cities on localizations of SDG in Ukraine dedicated to the International Volunteer Day.During each consultation session the organizers and participants searched for the best way to involve civil society institutions into implementation of newly adopted 17 Global Goals in Ukraine. National consultations were conducted simultaneously in 11 Ukrainian cities, from West to East, including: Kyiv, Vinnytsya, Lviv, Odesa Kramatorsk with live online stream being provided to instantly share the ideas between civil society activists, organizators and volunteers. The consultation sessions were aimed at informing civil society activists, non-governmental organizations, youth activists and young leaders about newly adopted Agenda 2030 and 17 Sustainable Development Goals to distinguish the development of countries until 2030, involving Ukrainian CSOs into SDG prioritization process and uniting activists around the idea of volunteering for peace and development.

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Under the umbrella of United Nations in Ukraine GURT and 15 parter Civil society organizations in regions, 293 representative from non-governmental organizations, social enterprises, innovative initiatives managed to sit down and work together: Green Cubator, Let`s Do It Ukraine, Crimean Diaspora,SOS Kramatorsk, Impact Hub Odessa and many others.

Vojtech Hledik, UN Volunteers Programme Officer opened the consultation round in Kyiv with words of inspiration for volunteers, contributing to country development. “This day in the calendar, 5 December, is marked as International Volunteers Day and observed by all enthusiasts around the world to showcase the positive impact of their efforts despite religion, race or nationality. Led by the principles of solidarity and respect, volunteering movement is huge potential for Ukrainian future. This is what all of us believe in”.

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The official part was soon followed by brainstorming sessions on prioritizing Global Goals in Ukrainian context in the format of world café, facilitated by Director of Resource Center GURT , Bohdan Maslych and Maryana Zaviyska, GURT Programme Manager. Activists formed 4 interactive and ideas cross-sharing groups to present joint outcomes at the end of the session. Participants were rotated from one session to another to ensure that they discussed with new participants the issues on prioritization of the role of CSOs in SDGs implementation.

Top 3 Global Goals for Ukraine listed by activists

Prioritization of 17 Global Goals which encompasses diverse spheres of country development, from economic innovations, gender equality to eradication of poverty and maintenance of good health turned a fascinating process and ambitious challenge at the same time.

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Photo: Resource Center "GURT"

In Kyiv, first group distinguished Goal №4 Quality Education, Goal № 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal № 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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The second group prioritized Goal №7 Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal № 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrustructure and Goal № 16 Peace, Justice and Stong Institutins. Third and fourth groups decided to give priority to the next three of sustainable goals: Goal №8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal № 3 Good Health and Well-being and Goal № 16 ensuring strong institutions for peace and justice.

In convergence, SDGs prioritized by Kyiv consultation are: Goals 3,4,7,8,9,11 and 16.

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Photo: Resource Center "GURT"

In the East of Ukraine, Kramatorsk and Severodonetsk, where volunteerism and civil activism is inseparable part of development regional organizations paid attention to the equal involvement of civil society into the all stages of nationalization of SDGs:from prioritization to monitoring. Education, clean energy, sustainable cities and peace were listed the most important goals for Ukraine.

Zaporizhya fully exploited creative environment of world café format and presented painted visualization of prioritized Global Goals: №8 Economic Growth, №12 Responsible Consumption and Production and №16 the most frequently ranked goal in Ukrainian context of destabilized East.

Kramatorsk Zap Collage

Photo: Resource Center "GURT"

Based on national wide consultations the following Goals were identified as the most relevant in Ukraine
(listed in priority sequence):
1) Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
2) Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
3) Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4) Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
5) Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

The least popular Goals among the participants are:
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
These three SDGs were not discussed during the consultations.

Full reports from regional co-organizers you may find here

National consultation in Vinnytsya
National consultation in Zaporizhya
National consultation in Kramatorsk
National consultation in Lviv
National consultation in Odesa
National consultation in Poltava
National consultation in Severodonetsk
National consultation in Kharkiv
National consultation in Chernivtsi
National consultation in Chernihiv

Consultations on Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of artists

We invited young sketchers from Kyiv National University of Architecture in order to engage the youth with creative mindset and depict how interacting the discussion may be once guided by passionate professionals.


Photo: UN in Ukraine/Ivan Dekhtiar

National SDGs Consultations in Social Media

Use hashtags #actioncounts, #IVD2015, #ДеньВолонтера, #GlobalGoals to read digital stories about International Volunteer Day and National Consultations held in Ukraine, December 5 on UN in Ukraine Facebook page

Comprehensive photoreports on National SDGs Consultation in 11 cities of Ukraine

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* Resource Center GURT is a national center of social expertise, promoting the standards of efficiency among civil society institutes; fostering social impact by CSOs on societal transformations.

Photo: Сергій Грачов, Ivan Dekhtiar, Nastya Pustovoitova