Canada and the European Union (EU) announced on Saturday the launch of an international fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees, culminating on April 9 with a “donor conference” co-organized by Brussels and Ottawa.
“The ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ campaign seeks to mobilize governments, institutions, artists, businesses and individuals to allocate funds to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said. in a press release signed together with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Both leaders said they were responding to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call for “a big demonstration … to take place on social media on April 9 to support those who were forced to flee Ukraine.”
The initiative of the European Commission and the Canadian government is carried out in collaboration with the NGO Global Citizen.
It will culminate in “a donor conference organized on April 9 by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which will aim to raise funds and mobilize broader support” for Ukrainian refugees and displaced persons.
Nearly 3.8 million people have fled Ukraine, mostly to Poland, since the Russian army’s invasion on February 24, according to the UN, which estimates the number of displaced inside Ukraine at another nearly 6.5 million.
In total, some ten million people, more than a quarter of the population, had to leave their homes.