Sweden and Poland co-host international donors’ conference to support Ukrainian people
In view of the serious humanitarian situation in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, the Prime Minister of Sweden and the Prime Minister of Poland are hosting an international donors’ conference on 5 May in Warsaw. The donors’ conference aims to mobilise continued financial support for the humanitarian response to the Ukrainian people. The conference will discuss how Ukraine can be supported in addressing both the immediate and long-term consequences of the war.
Sweden and Poland are co-hosting a humanitarian donors’ conference for Ukraine on 5 May in Warsaw. It is being held in partnership with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel, with the participation of UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer.
“It is vital to continue to gather support for the UN humanitarian appeal and the Red Cross operations in Ukraine to enable the humanitarian system to respond to the ever increasing humanitarian needs. At the same time, long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts are needed. At the donors’ conference, I will lead a roundtable discussion to discuss ways in which we can support Ukraine’s efforts to address the economic challenges caused by the war,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Matilda Ernkrans.
UN humanitarian appeal
According to the UN humanitarian appeal announced on 25 April, more than 15 million people are estimated to need emergency humanitarian aid. There are an estimated 7.7 million internally displaced people in Ukraine, and almost 5.5 million people have fled the country. The humanitarian appeal amounts to USD 2.25 billion and aims to reach 8.7 million people by August 2022.
Sweden’s support to Ukraine
In light of the full-scale Russian aggression launched on 24 February, Sweden’s humanitarian aid has been increased by SEK 775 million. Of this, SEK 570 million goes directly to Ukraine, SEK 185 million goes to the work of the UN to help refugees, including from Ukraine, and SEK 20 million goes to the work of the UN in Moldova (SEK 10 million to UNICEF and SEK 10 million to UNHCR). In addition, Sweden is assisting Ukraine through multilateral channels such as the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Sweden is one of CERF’s largest donors, providing SEK 725 million in 2022. Sweden also supports the Red Cross Movement’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), providing SEK 35 million in 2022. Sweden also provides Ukraine with multiannual bilateral support focusing on democracy, human rights, free and independent media, civil society, decentralisation, judicial reforms, energy efficiency, the environment and the climate. In December, the Government adopted a new seven-year strategy for Sweden’s reform support to Eastern Europe. Ukraine is the largest recipient, receiving approximately SEK 260 million annually over seven years. From Ukraine’s independence in 1991 until 2021, Sweden’s broad bilateral support amounted to more than SEK 4 billion.