UNDP showcases its initiatives at parliament’s Information Fair 2016

Kyiv, 18 May 2016 – Civil society and international organizations met up in the halls of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine at a 2-day Information Fair 2016 to present their initiatives aimed at cooperation with Parliament.

13244043 255210184833275 65478597932146828 oThe main target of this regular event is raising awareness of the MPs and parliament staff on the technical assistance opportunities offered by the international community and civil society organisations.
Over two days, around 40 exhibitions offered to visitors proved very popular. Among others, UNDP's initiatives have significantly increased the attractiveness of the Information Fair.
26613719193 2d434a6fc7 o"Our stand was particularly well-attended on both days of the fair, drawing many MPs, their assistants, the Verkhovna Rada's Secretariat staff, civic activists, and the media," said the team representing UNDP.
UNDP's Democratic Governance Cluster presented its achievements in the following areas:
• democratisation, human rights and civil society development;
• enhanced public sector transparency and integrity;
• strengthening capacities of the Office of the Ombudsperson;
• open parliament initiative.
26612271534 204faaa20b oAt the opening ceremony, First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Herashchenko and Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Hanna Hopko welcomed the participants.
Iryna Herashchenko emphasised the importance of the Information Fair which brought together many representatives of civil society and international organisations.
"Their professional expertise is a valuable assistance in the work of the Parliamentary Committees and Members of Parliament," said First Deputy Chairperson.
26613656203 1e3b8fb4f1 oIn her turn, Hanna Hopko stated, "It is essential that Parliament provides its key functions: legislative, representative, and oversight. This Information Fair allows MPs to learn about the relevant practices from think tanks."
Parliament's representatives reassured that they were fully committed to enhancing transparency of the Verkhovna Rada.
The results of civil society's and international organisations' work, showcased at the Information Fair 2016, indicate the effectiveness of cooperation with the Verkhovna Rada aimed at making Ukraine's Parliament more accountable, transparent, and effective.