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The United Nations in Ukraine works with the Government and the people of Ukraine to build a culture of dignity, through understanding of and respect for human rights, towards a peaceful and transformed Ukraine. In his interview to the Mirror of the Week, Neal Walker, the UN Resident Coordnator explained about the the key areas the UN is working on most recently. 

Read interview with the UN Resident Coordinator (Mirror of the Week, 3 February 2017) in English and Russian languages


Human Rights

15 March 2017 - the UN Human Rights Mission presented its 17th Report on the Human Rights situation in Ukraine, and pointed out to a sharp escalation of hostilities between 29 January and 3 February 2017 which had a devastating impact on all aspects of life for civilians living along the contact line in the east of Ukraine.

Fighting caused seven civilian deaths and 46 civilian injuries in only six days (equal to the monthly average in 2016), extensive damage to civilian infrastructure, and deprived tens of thousands of people of lifesaving services and basic necessities.

Click to read or download 17th Report on the Human Rights situation in Ukraine

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United Nations Eastern Team


Since the beginning of the conflict in the east of Ukraine, the United Nations is working to support people affected by conflict. United Nations Eastern Team (UNET) is comprised of eleven United Nations agencies, funds and programmes present in the East of Ukraine. This mechanism focuses on improving the coordination and results of UN recovery, peacebuilding and development work in Government Controlled Areas of Eastern Ukraine.

What do people say about the support of the United Nations? Watch this 3-minute video in English/Ukrainian

Click to read or download the brochure about UN Eastern Team in English

Click to read or download the brochure about UN Eastern Team in Ukrainian



What do people say about the  support of the United Nations in  the east of Ukraine?  

Watch this 3-minute video in  English/Ukrainian


Humanitarian situation 


OCHA - The humanitarian situation at the checkpoints remained a major concern in February and March. As fighting continues unabated in eastern Ukraine, the number of civilians crossing the 'contact line' through the five operating checkpoints hit a record high in March, when over 960,000 individual crossings were registered, compared to 550,000 in February, representing a 75 per cent increase. 

This is largely due to the compulsory verification for IDP pensioners at Oshchadbank, imposed by the Ukrainian Government, with the initial deadline set for 3 April. Should the IDPs fail to present themselves, their social benefits could be suspended. This requirement has resulted in a massive movement of people, mostly pensioners, across the 'contact line', long queues at the bus stations and overcrowding at the bank branches (reportedly up to 500 people a day). Field reports indicate that some people from NGCA were not able to complete their ID verification and were forced to stay overnight in GCA at their own expense or in shelters, while others had to wait for three days to complete the verification. The verification deadline has later been extended to 1 May.

While humanitarian needs remain high, the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2017 continues to be severely underfunded, with only 7 per cent (US$ 14.1 million) of the requirement of US$214 million funded as of 3 April. Persistent underfunding may lead to suspension of some life-saving services, including health and psychosocial services through mobile outreach for vulnerable women and adolescent girls by UNFPA and partners. WFP's provision of food assistance and early recovery activities, aimed at enhancing local livelihoods and people's resilience to shocks, are also at risk. Handicap International closed its operations in Ukraine at the end of March due to the lack of funding.


NEWS FROM UN Agencies, funds and programmes


Food and agriculTURE organization (FAO)


FAO continues to deliver humanitarian aid in the conflict-affected eastern part of Ukraine, with the focus on rural people living along the engagement line. This time, 68 households are receiving up to 55 tonnes of hay, for an average delivery of about 800 kilos per family. 

This is the second wave of a larger program. Earlier shipments were made in 10 villages of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, with almost 50 tonnes of chicken feed distributed among 500 households. More information


International organization for migration (IOM)

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28 March 2017 - The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service has started recruiting some 800 staff to serve at the two major entry points to Ukraine under a new IOM-supported U.S.- funded initiative, important for the anti-corruption efforts and its transformation into a modern law enforcement agency based on the best European standards and practices. 

Boryspil airport and Krakovets on the Ukraine/Poland border are among the major entry points to Ukraine, with 17,000 and 10,000 travellers passing through them daily.

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United nations development programme (UNDP)

24 March 2017 - Big future for small businesses: first East Expo 2017 welcomed 100 businesses and 4,000 visitors in conflict-affected Donbas. Not only did small business owners and managers from various industries present their products and services, but they also took part in peer-to-peer networking, and advanced business training. They also used the event to identify potential partners and find new clients. 

More information | Video about the event


UN gender group


10  March 2017 - Concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women were discussed in Kyiv at the round table ‘The Partnership for implementation of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in Ukraine (CEDAW)’. The Concluding Observations highlighted existing gaps and identified the actions required to address issues related to women’s human rights in Ukraine and represent the road map for the implementation during the coming four years before the next state report on the implementation of the CEDAW. More information

Click to read or download the text of the CEDAW Concluding Observations and Text of the Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women


United nations population fund (UNFPA)


A unique network of 10 emergency service delivery points has been opened along the contact line. They will be co-housed with the existing health care facilities and will aim to provide vital, inclusive 24/7 confidential free-of- charge access to good-quality sexual and reproductive health care for women and girls, as well as to survivors of gender based violence. The  SDPs are established in the following locations:

  • Donetsk oblast: Kramatorsk, Pokrovsk (former Krasnoarmyisk), Mariupol, Balhmut (former Artemivsk), Volnovaha
  • Luhansk oblast: Starobilsk, Popasna, Stanitsa Luganska, Bilovodsk, Rubizhne

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

The UNHCR project with a total budget of 3,500,000 UAH (130,000 USD) aims to improve conditions at the three crossing points in Donetsk region- Novotroitske, Mariinka and Mayorsk.  Technical equipment, funded by the European Union Humanitarian Aid and other international donors, will help to receive more persons crossing the line of contact and decrease waiting times at the crossing points. Novotroitske became the first out of three crossing points in Donetsk region to receive technical assistance from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and partners. 

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UNITED nations children fund (UNICEF)


On 22 March, UNICEF Ukraine handed over eight excavators to utility companies in Donetsk region to improve access to drinking water for yet another 400,000 people through essential repairs and upgrades to vital water infrastructure in areas most severely affected by the conflict. The equipment, funded by the German Federal Government through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), was given to “Voda Donbasa” utility company and local utility companies in Mariupol, Krasnohorivka, Marinka and Volnovakha in eastern Ukraine, so local authorities can repair water and sanitation system failures as fast as possible, and minimize dangerous disruptions to local communities.


United Nations Volunteers (UNV)


UNV Ukraine welcomed first UN Volunteer with disability - Ms. Rupmani Chhetri.

Rupmani will be serving as a UNV Advocacy Specialist on Disability in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Ukraine for 12 months.

Her main tasks will include raising awareness of rights of persons with disabilities and related issues by working together with the UN, government and civil society; identifying programmatic entry points to mainstream disability in UN programming; and developing institutional learning and capacity development initiatives for UNV to better engage volunteers with disabilities, among others.

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United nations entity for gender equality and the empoverment of women (UN Women)


14 March 2017 – A training of trainers of police force was conducted with the aim to promote efficient, effective and gender just policing services in Ukraine as well to become more responsive to the distinct needs and interests of women and men. The first batch of 17 female and male police officers in Severodonetsk, Luhansk oblast will become equipped trainers at the UN Women-organized five-day training course, which was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, UNDP and Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health.

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World food programme (WFP)


In February, WFP in partnership with NGOs Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), People in Need (PIN) as well as partner-agency UNHCR Ukraine has provided food support to 35.503 conflict-affected people residing in both government and non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. These include elderly people without support of relatives, families with one parent, people with disabilities and people with chronic diseases (HIV, Tuberculosis, and cancer).


SDGs Media Awards

On 9 March 2017, the UNO Kyiv awarded the winners of the SDGs Media Awards competition - 11 journalists who submitted their materila related to sustainable development and SDGs. The winning submissions were selected among 400 inputs from all over Ukraine. The competition was announced in March 2016 at the SDG training for journalists and run from March 2016 to February 2017.

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On 24 March 2017, 8th Kyiv Model United Nations took place in Kyiv with the support from the UNO Kyiv. The event took place at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. 200 students from various schools participated in modelling different committees united by a theme “The future we want. 2017 - a year of peace and understanding". 

Pablo Mateu, UN RC a.i., UNHCR Representative in Ukraine: “I encourage you all to become involved in advancing the Sustainable development goals and demanding action by their Governments. Young people now and in the future will play a big role in the achieving of the Sustainable Development Goals. With youth comes energy, innovation, and optimism – if there are supportive environments and opportunities.” 
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Books for Sustainable Development

"In 2017, UNO Kyiv introduced an annual social media campaign “Books for Sustainable Development”, jointly with the Yakaboo, the largest books online store in Ukraine. The aim of campaign is to popularize reading and spreading ideas that lead to a more sustainable behaviors. Friends of the UN Ukraine page have an opportunity to win one of the three books each month.

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The Global Legislative Openness Conference will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine on May 19 and 20. Check the agenda on the conference website and register by April 13. http://www.openparlconference.org/



Click to find more information on International Days in April


New Publications

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Download the new UNDP report on security and justice perceptions in Ukraine, funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine.

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UNDP presented its flagship report. In Ukraine, the Human Development Index measured in the report is at 0.743 - 84 out of 188 countries and territories. 

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OHCHR  issued a report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine for the period of March 2016 – January 2017.

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The United Nations in Ukraine works with the Government and the people of Ukraine to build a culture of dignity, through understanding of and respect for human rights, towards a peaceful and transformed Ukraine. 

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Ukraine is composed of representatives of 18 UN funds and programmes, specialized agencies and other UN entities accredited to Ukraine as well as representatives of the Bretton Woods institutions.

All members of the United Nations system in Ukraine - the FAO, ILO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNOCHA, UNODC, UNOPS, UNV, UN Women, WFP, WHO, and the World Bank - are united by one collective vision and approach which aims to better meet the needs of the population, including the new and more demanding humanitarian, socioeconomic, governance, security and political needs in the short, medium and long-term.

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