Empowered Partnership for Sustainable Development Program

Joint project of Government of Sweden and United Nations Development Program


Project summary

The project pilots a multi-stakeholder partnership approach at the regional and local levels to address sustainable development challenges in Ukraine. During its implementation, the Project makes use of Swedish expertise and knowledge of sustainable development practices and functionalities. Using the SymbioCity[1] approach, which integrates environmental, socio-cultural and economic solutions to develop urban and rural communities, the project will facilitate collaboration between local and regional governments, councils, academia, civil society and business institutions, improving planning and management so that they are participatory and inclusive.

The Project's goal is to contribute to sustainable development at local and regional levels through an empowering, multi-stakeholders approach, and the implementation of pilot projects directed at solving the most urgent problems.

[1] SymbioCity is an approach pioneered by the Government of Sweden to promote changes towards sustainability at local level. The approach views urban and rural communities as living systems, and strives to identify opportunities when different functions of the society (such as food, transportation, energy and waste) can be combined to close loops, promote efficiency and prevent overuse of land, energy and natural resources. The SymbioCity approach aims at making cities and communities better for all their inhabitants through integrating environmental, socio-cultural and economic solutions. The SymbioCity is a sustainable development concept in action, and can be used to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Project objectives:

  • to build functional partnership platforms which will be able to launch and implement sustainable development processes and to empower capacities of the institutions with the aim of effectively addressing common risks;
  • to support local initiatives directed at finding complex solutions using a holistic approach to sustainable development, and strong institutional cooperation using the example of the SymbioCity approach.
  • to contribute to synergy among all interested actors that together work on increasing people's well-being, comfort taking into consideration a rational economy, social responsibility and a saving ecology.

Expected results

Five the most interesting and replicable initiatives directed to sustainable development problem solving, worked out within a multi-stakeholder approach, will be supported and implemented under the Project-

Priority areas for support

  • sustainable mobility [2];
  • improved energy efficiency;
  • sustainable waste management;
  • promoting local economic development.

[2] Sustainable mobility is mobility in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. Sustainable mobility includes the provision of services and infrastructure for the mobility of people and goods— advancing economic and social development to benefit today’s and future generations — in a manner that is safe, affordable, accessible, efficient, and resilient, while minimizing carbon and other emissions and environmental impacts. A sustainable transport system should better handle negative externalities. At the same time, it should provide its main function, which is enhanced mobility for all, including for the poor and vulnerable groups.


Project budget

SEK 5,000,000


December 2018 – July 2020


Government of Sweden


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