On October 10-11, 2006 the delegation of country-partners of the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme visited the Autonomous Republic of Crimea b_79_59_16777215_00_images_content_news_781.jpg On October 10-11, 2006 the delegation of country-partners of the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme visited the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
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Simferopol, 10-11 October, 2006. the delegation of country-partners of the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme visited the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. During the visit the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Francis M. O’Donnell, the Ambassador of Canada H.E. Mrs. Abina M. Dann along with other members of the delegation representing the governments of Canada, Turkey, Poland, Switzerland and the Netherlands, met with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Mr. Anatoliy Hrytsenko, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Mr. Viktor Plakyda, ministers and heads of different committees of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as well as local authorities and community leaders.

The Crimea Integration and Development Programme (CIDP) was initiated by the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine and the Government of Ukraine in 1995. CIDP aims to consolidate stability by promoting sustainable development, human security and good governance, as well as encouraging self-help initiatives in communities where large numbers of formerly deported people live. The project operates in 11 Crimean regions: Bakhchisaraiskii, Belogorskii, Krasnogvardeiskii, Sakskii, Pervomaiskii, Kirovskii, Sovetskii, Simferopilskii, Leninskii, Nizhnegorskii and Dzhankoiskii.

The main donors supporting the project in 2001-2006 are CIDA (Canada), TICA (Turkey), SDC (Switzerland), SIDA (Sweden), MATRA (Netherlands), the Danish and Norwegian governments.

Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine, opening the meeting noted that this project represents a successful multi-donor initiative, answering national priorities in consistence with effective aid coordination.

The current phase of CIDP lasts until 2007. Its five key goals include promoting peace and stability through human security monitoring; supporting local self-governance through dialogue, consensus building, participatory development and promoting self-help initiatives; reducing poverty through promoting income and employment opportunities, small and medium enterprise development and agriculture; improving living conditions through the provision and sustainable management of basic social and economic infrastructure and services, and increasing tolerance and social cohesion through education, information and culture.

“One of the important particularities of CIDP is the participation of Crimean people in this process. Such an approach allows to increase the effectiveness of the programme. The participation of authorities in the implementation of CIDP’s projects increase their sustainability”, stated the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Mr. Anatoliy Hrytsenko reflecting on the programme results.

During this trip, the members of the delegation had a chance to acquaint themselves with the water supply project at the town of Fontany, the agricultural cooperative in the town of Tsvetochnoje of Belogorskii district, and also learnt about the project on tolerance promotion at the secondary school of Krainoe settlement. The Ambassador of Canada H.E. Mrs. Abina M. Dann stated, “Since 1995 the contribution of the Government of Canada to the Crimea Integration and Development Programme constituted 5.4 million of canadian dollars. We’re very proud of our participation and the distinguished achievements of this Programme”.

Following the on-site meeting, the participants took part in Stakeholders Advisory Panel Meeting to discuss the current achievements of the programme, to set priorities for 2007 and to agree on its future operations.

To get more information on UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme, please contact Ms. Elvina Mustafayeva at +38(0652)248-002 or elvina@undp.crimea.ua .