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UN4Kharkiv: Integrated Rehabilitation of Settlements (Territories) in Ukraine

With a pilot project in the city of Kharkiv


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To support the immediate reconstruction efforts in cities and other human settlements, the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine has elaborated a draft framework for Plans for the Integrated Rehabilitation of Settlements (Territories). The local governments are expected to apply the Plans. To test the approach proposed in the draft Plan, the Ministry initiated a first pilot project on the development of a reconstruction plan in the city of Kharkiv. The Plan is expected to become a blueprint for the reconstruction of other Ukrainian cities and towns.

The objective of the project is to support efforts of the national and local governments in Ukraine for the planning of and preparations for rebuilding and reconstruction of cities to support achieving the SDGs and based on the “building back better” principle. The project will result, in 2022, in the development of:

1.    A vision for the Master plan for the city of Kharkiv. The Master Plan is being developed under the leadership of and with substantial expert contribution from the Norman Foster Foundation
2.    The revised draft national framework Plan for the Integrated Rehabilitation of Settlements (Territories) and relevant supporting documents for the draft Plan
3.    A proposal for the establishment of a mechanism for financing city-level infrastructure projects and a list of potential donors to support city-level projects in Ukraine.

Project events:

12 April 2022 - “Building Back Better Kharkiv” - First coordination meeting with the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine and city government of Kharkiv to discuss the cooperation on a draft reconstruction plan of the city of Kharkiv on

18 April 2022 - A meeting with the city government of Kharkiv, Architect Norman Foster and representatives of the Norman Foster Foundation[1], on, to discuss the planning of the work on the pilot project on urban reconstruction in the city of Kharkiv. Read the press statement by the Norman Foster Foundation.

5 May 2022 - First Meeting of the UN4Kharkiv Task Force on with the participation of representatives of twelve United Nations agencies and other international organizations.

24 May 2022 - Second Meeting of the UN4Kharkiv Task Force.

A meeting with local architects of Kharkiv on 28 May 2022 on the city’s master plan

26 September 2022 - Workshop "Affordable, decent and healthy housing for Ukrainian cities"

28 September 2022 - Workshop on Housing Policies and Emergency Architecture

18 November 2022 - Workshop “Energy-efficient buildings and progress towards carbon neutrality in Ukrainian cities”

25 November 2022 - Promoting circularity in rebuilding Ukrainian cities

13 December 2022 - Workshop on knowledge sharing of Helsinki's experience with civil defence shelters

UN4Kharkiv online coordination meetings between the Kharkiv city government, UNECE and the Norman Foster Foundation take place on weekly basis. In addition, there are also weekly meetings between the international and local architects to work on the master plan.


Local architects to contribute to the development of the new master plan for Kharkiv

UNECE to coordinate UN Task Force on new Master Plan for the city of Kharkiv

UNECE continues to mobilise international architects to help Ukrainian cities build back better



[1] The Norman Foster Foundation is a host organization for the UNECE Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Housing in Spain. For more information on the Centres of Excellence, please visit