Member, Board of Directors
Heorhii Tuka is the former Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine. He contributed to the development and implementation of the National Action Plan Resolution 1325. He influenced the formation of an educational program on conflict resolution and mediation in a number of universities, including the Kyiv Polytechnic University. In cooperation with the National Institute of Strategic Research and with support from the Nato Center of Information and Documentation, he created the regional “safety passport” with the purpose of preventing conflict in communities with gender equality, equal citizen rights and fair access to justice as key components.
With the assistance of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), he developed and implemented a Recommendation Document concerning risk assessment of conflict occurrence in communities negatively impacted by the armed conflict. The project was endorsed by international donors and implemented in Kherson Oblast, which borders the annexed Crimea
He also initiated changes in regulations, which resulted in improved conditions for female refugees and opened up possibilities for acquiring a new profession or requalification and easier access to a job market; as well as increased state financial support for mothers. In collaboration with UN Women, he organized conferences dedicated to exchange of experience between the representatives of Georgia and the Eastern Ukrainian civil society organizations working with female refugees and other women negatively impacted by the armed conflict.
In 2018, he launched the Institute of Regional Representatives in regions impacted by the armed conflict namely, Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kherson, to ensure efficient information flow and consecutive actions.
Mr. Tuka also served as head of Lugansk Military Civil Administration wherein he led the process of restoring basic social services, such as education, provision of medical supplies, rebuilding of residential buildings, and reviving cultural activities within the regions impacted by war.