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Nordic Ukrainian Advocacy Summit 2024: Accelerating Ukraine’s victory
14.06-15.06.2024, Helsinki

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has led to a proliferation of new civil society organizations (CSOs). Such organizations are of great importance to Ukraine as they support the Armed Forces, protect civilians, help displaced Ukrainians find residence abroad, and promote international support of Ukraine.

To strengthen Ukrainian CSO’s international cooperation and institutional capacity, the Nordic Ukraine Forum, Ukrainian Association in Finland, and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung are hosting a summit for Ukrainian CSOs based in the Nordic and Baltic states on June 14-15 in Helsinki, Finland. Building off the successful 2023 Advocacy Summit held in Stockholm, the Summit will consist of expert panels, workshops, strategy sessions, and visits with political leaders. This year’s Summit will have the main theme “Accelerating Ukraine’s victory“, and 25 Ukrainian CSOs are expected to attend. 


Day 1 – June 14, 2024
Venue: Conference hall, Teollisuukatu 9


Opening NUAS 2024:
Andrii Deschytsia (Former Ukrainian Ambassador to Finland)
Vasyl Goutsoul (Ukrainian Association in Finland)
Gabriele Baumann (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung)
Alex Panko (Nordic Ukraine Forum)

Panel discussion: Ukraine Victory: Nordic interests and role?
Speakers: Minna Ålander (Finnish Institute of International Affairs), Patrik Oksanen (Stockholm Free World Forum), Andrii Deschytsia (Ambassador)
Moderator: Sinikukka Saari (Finnish Institute of International Affairs)

Panel discussion: Preparing for and preventing the future russian aggression
Speakers: Pekka Toveri (Member of Europarliament) , Justas Stasievski (YLE), Sinikukka Saari (Finnish Institute of International Affairs)
Moderator: Nadiia Fedorova (Satakielimedia) 


Panel discussion: Strategy for russia’s withdrawal from the war: What is NOT Ukraine’s victory?
Speakers: Jyrki Terva (Counselor, MFA Finland), Olesia Horiainova (Ukrainian Security and Cooperation Center), Olena Halushka (International Center for Ukrainian Victory)
Moderator: Alina Zubkovych (Head of Nordic Ukraine Forum)

Coffee break

Transfer to the Finnish Parliament

Lecture: How to lobby? Advocacy for CSOs
Oras Tynkkynen
(Finnish Member of Parliament)

Free time in Helsinki

(Caverna, Yliopistonkatu 5, 00100 Helsinki)

Day 2 – June 15, 2024
Venue: Ukrainian Center, Asemapäällikönkatu 1

Panel discussion: What is advocacy and how to do it?
Speakers: Victoria Voitsitska (International Center for Ukrainian Victory), Yulia Paievska “Taira” (Paramedic working on releasing POWs), Maria Mekri (SaferGlobe), Severi Hämäri (Faktabaari/Avoin yhteiskunta)
Moderator: Solomiya Khoma (Ukrainian Security and Cooperation Center)

Facilitator Maria Mekri, (SaferGlobe)


Workshops continue

Coffee break

Signing of a joint declaration


Nordic Ukraine Forum is a Stockholm-based advocacy organization which currently, due to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, is focusing on:

  • Promoting political decisions that can help stop the war and make Russia pay for all the atrocities it has committed against Ukraine and Ukrainians
  • Spreading information about the war in Ukraine
  • Helping Ukrainians in Sweden who were forced to flee from the war
  • Uniting people in Sweden willing to help Ukraine

The Ukrainian Association in Finland is  the oldest and the largest organisation of Ukrainians in Finland. The Association unites 12 local organisations of Ukrainians across Finland and plays a pivotal role in fostering a thriving Ukrainian community. Through its diverse range of activities, the Association actively contributes to the integration, well-being, and cultural preservation of Ukrainians in Finland. Association’s work is focused on:

  • public diplomacy through increasing the level of awareness in Finland on issues that are important for Ukraine and the community of Ukrainians in Finland,
  • promoting and supporting  Ukrainian culture in Finland,
  • humanitarian aid and charitable projects for  victims of the war in Ukraine and of assistance to people displaced by war and,
  • informational support of the Ukrainian  community,
  • sports and well-being of Ukrainians in Finland
  • work with children and families
  • cooperation with NGOs, educational and cultural organizations of Finland and Ukraine

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation active throughout Germany and abroad.