The conference demonstrates Switzerland's support for the only country on the European continent currently affected by armed conflict. We are the fifth largest bilateral donor in Ukraine, which is also one of the few countries where the Swiss international cooperation strategy is implemented using all of its instruments (development cooperation, humanitarian aid and peacebuilding).
URC2022 gives us the opportunity to foster an inclusive approach to the reform agenda in Ukraine based on shared responsibility. Switzerland will be able to support Ukraine with its expertise, engagement and unique position as a non-EU and non-NATO European country. Conference participants will include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the FDFA Ignazio Cassis, 20 other ministers, and representatives from the private sector and civil society.
In the run-up to the ministerial conference, a number of events have been planned in and outside Ukraine under the banner 'On the road to Lugano'. The theme of the conference in Switzerland, which is entitled 'Reforms for all, all for reforms', underscores that the long-term success of the reforms in Ukraine depends on inclusiveness and shared responsibility among the central, regional and local authorities, the private sector, academia, civil society and the citizens themselves.