Application of Do No Significant Harm principle in the Context of Ukraine, webinar - 16 July

Posted on 09 Jul 2024
The ‘Do No Significant Harm’ (DNSH) principle ensures that policies and programs do not have a negative impact on people, climate, and environment.

WWF-Central and Eastern Europe, WWF-Ukraine and the Ukrainian Climate Office (C4CA), are inviting representatives of governmental, non-governmental and international organizations engaged in a sustainable recovery of Ukraine to a webinar about “Application of Do No Significant Harm principle in the Context of Ukraine” on July 16, 2024 9:00 to 12:00 CET (10:00 to 13:00 Kyiv time).

Aim of the webinar

The webinar aims to introduce how DNSH can support Ukraine´s recovery and EU accession. We will discuss the advantages and challenges of applying DNSH in the current Ukrainian context and the development of a guidance framework for its implementation.

The Ukraine Facility and the Ukraine Plan suggest applying DNSH to recovery measures and the principle will be applied “to the extent possible in a war-torn country”. While the EU has a Technical Guidance on DNSH, Ukraine lacks such specific guidelines especially considering its war-torn status and EU accession process.

Key aspects to be covered

  • By minimizing harm, Ukrainian institutions and organisations contribute to the sustainability of their activities considering the long-term effects on resources, ecosystems, and societies, ensuring that present actions do not compromise the well-being of future generations. This needs to be thought about already in war times.
  • Social justice: Recognizing the unequal distribution of power and resources in society -Preventing marginalized or vulnerable groups from bearing a disproportionate burden of negative consequences of policies.
  • How to assess and manage harm, with specific criteria and procedures for determining significance and applying mitigation measures in a pragmatic way in Ukraine as a country in war? (standards/thresholds to be determined or implemented/enforced?) What are the mistakes and good practice examples Ukraine could learn from?

Upon invitation only. Results from this event will be shared afterwards.

The event is jointly organized within Capacities for Climate Action project (C4CA) Project implemented by GIZ and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and co-funded by the EU.

For more information, please contact: Julia Jesson, GIZ,, Irene Lucius, WWF-CEE,