On 2-4 July, 2019, the Third International Ukraine Reform Conference took place in Toronto, Canada. NAKO was represented there by Dr. Lada Roslycky, Head of Content.
At the conference, the Toronto Principles, and their associated sectoral policy briefs, were presented before an international audience. The Toronto Principles identify key reform targets for Ukraine for the next 5 years. were developed by Ukraine’s leading civil society organizations under the coordination of the Reanimation Package of Reforms. NAKO's work as an anti-corruption body in Ukraine is directly related to security sector reform. Roslycky, as co-author of the National Security principles and brief, participated in a panel joined by national security and anti-corruption experts including Canada’s Minister of National Defence Harijit Singh Sajjan and Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov.
The Toronto Principles are made up of components which are of special value for Ukraine’s society: security and rule of law, reforms in justice and increased efficiency of anti-corruption sphere. Namely, Security and Rule of Law pillar includes the following principles and priorities:
- Developing defence and security capabilities based on NATO standards particularly those pertaining to accountable governance and oversight institutions;
- Improving the effectiveness of anti-corruption infrastructure and
- Implementing comprehensive steps to reform the justice sector.
To date, the Toronto Principles have been supported by more than 90 civil society organizations, private companies and active citizens.