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In light of the European integration aspirations of our country and the signing of the Partnership Framework program between the Government of Ukraine and the UN for 2018-2022, the State Fund for Support of Youth Housing Construction (SFYH) actively cooperates with such international organizations as the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, the Council of Europe project, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Danish Refugee Council, Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe, the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations.

To implement the best European practices of housing programs in Ukraine and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable), in particular, the implementation of the task regarding housing affordability, the management of the SFYH takes measures to build international relations with European institutions similar to the SFYH, specifically EU financial institutions, in order to share experience for its future use during the creation of projects of social and housing programs and the development of new state and regional mechanisms for financing housing construction in Ukraine.

Today, the SFYH is a partner of the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions”.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted Resolution 2198 (2018), in which the Assembly called on the Council of Europe Development Bank to create affordable loan programs to support housing projects for vulnerable populations of Ukraine, including IDPs in need of permanent housing, reconstruction projects, as well as medical and educational institutions in the most damaged areas.

Within the cooperation framework with the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the SFYH is pleased to announce the beginning of the implementation of the UNECE recommendations set out in the National Review of Housing and Land Use (Ukraine, 2013) regarding the expansion of the range of affordable housing.

The SFYH is active in international events held on the territory of Ukraine. In particular, in 2021, the management of SFYH participated in the following events: the work of the supervisory board of the Council of Europe Project: "Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions"; in the online workshop "Managing Housing to Support Housing Affordability", organized by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of Slovenia, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE, UNECE Housing and Land Management) with the support of Housing Europe, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the UN-Habitat; in an online meeting regarding the review of the loan portfolio of the German bank KfW in Ukraine, with the participation of Deputy Minister of Finance of Ukraine Oleksandr Kava, representatives of ministries and agencies, director of the Kyiv office of the KfW Development Bank Kurt Strasser, project coordinator of the Bank Vitaliy Shmeryga, employees of the German Embassy in Kyiv; in the online conference “Affordable Housing: from Ukraine to Hawaii" organized by the Professional Government Association of Ukraine; in the project "Localization of Sustainable Development Goals in Eastern Partnership countries.”

One of the most important events of 2021 is the signing on 9 February 2021 of the Separate Agreement to the Grant and Project Agreement between the SFYH and the KfW Development Bank within the framework of German financial cooperation with Ukraine. Furthermore, the Separate Agreement was concluded based on and for the implementation of the intergovernmental Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on financial cooperation, signed on 3 June 2020 and ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 2 December 2020, as well as the Grant and Project Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine represented by Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, SFYH and KfW, concluded on 28 December 2020.

The implementation of the project began in May 2021; on 5 August 2021, the first agreements were signed with the recipients of mortgage loans issued within the framework of the project "Housing for IDPs" at the expense of a grant provided by the German Government through the Credit Institution for Reconstruction (KfW). One may learn more about the project being implemented at the following link: https://www.molod-kredit.gov.ua/zhytlovi-prohramy/kredyt-dlia-vpo-kfw

The SFYH is always open to cooperation and dialogue with international institutions to find sustainable short-term and long-term solutions to the housing issue of the citizens of Ukraine.