On October 31, 2019 Ms. Annika Magnusson, Deputy Director for Prevention, Peacebuilding & Governance (Folke Bernadotte Academy, Stockholm, Sweden) payed a visit to the National Institute for Strategic Studies.
Folke Bernadotte Academy is the Swedish government agency specializing on the promotion of peace building in conflict-affected countries. This institution conducts researches, training activities and consultations aimed at strengthening peacebuilding and statebuilding in the territories affected by the armed conflicts. It also grants funds to civil society organizations working with peacekeeping and national security issues, and also deploys civilian personnel to peace operations and election observation missions led by the UN, EU and OSCE.
During the meeting deputy director of the NISS Gelena Savruk, expert of the NISS Valentyna Piontkovska and Ms. Magnusson discussed a number of issues, related to the conflict resolution in the East of Ukraine, reintegration and revitalization of the occupied territories and perspectives for realization of the projects that promote social adaptation for internal displaced persons (IDPs).
The parties also discussed potential areas of cooperation between the two institutions, inter alia, in the area of joint research on security issues and getting a comprehensive view on the situation in the occupied territories of Ukraine.