The Working Groups on Public Safety and Restoration have been created in six communities of the Kherson region


The Working Groups on Public Safety and Restoration have been created in six communities of the Kherson region. Their purpose is to combine efforts to increase the level of public safety and social cohesion in communities. 

The focus of the Working Groups is the establishment of cross-sector partnerships, the unification and cohesion of as many stakeholders as possible in the community for joint activities in solving public safety and recovery problems. 

The Working Groups included representatives of military administrations, the police, the State Emergency Service, public and charitable organizations, volunteers, and other interested parties. These groups are open dialogue platforms and are consultative and advisory bodies of local authorities that enable the community's decisions to be implemented, as well as a tool of the democratic process for building dialogue and increasing the level of trust.

In 2023-2024, The Working Groups on Public Safety and Restoration will carry out their work in Novovorontsovka, Vysokopillia, Kochubeivka, Chornobaivka, Bilozerka and Stanislav communities of the Kherson region. 

The exact working groups operate in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Sumy, Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi regions. 

In 2021, a network of working groups was being developed in the Kherson region in the Pryazovia communities of the region, where active work was carried out. Due to the full-scale war and the occupation of the Kherson region, the activities of the then-created working groups ceased in the second half of 2022. 

The initiative "Kherson Region: Public Security and Recovery in the Conditions of Change" is implemented by the "Union" Foundation with the assistance of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine with the financial support of the Government of Denmark, provided within the framework of the United Nations Program for Reconstruction and Peacebuilding. 

The UN Program for Reconstruction and Peacebuilding is implemented by four UN agencies: the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Reproductive Health Agency (UNFPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 

Eleven international partners support the program: the European Union (EU), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the US Embassy in Ukraine, and the governments of Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Japan.