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Notes from the Humanitarian Coordinators Retreat, 22-25 May, Montreux, Switzerland

The 40 Humanitarian Coordinators that serve in countries devastated by war or natural disasters came together in Switzerland. Neal Walker discussed the challenges facing Ukraine and UN response. He also learned about the SG’s reform efforts from the Assistant Secretary General in New York who is leading that work.

Neal tells us: “The Secretary General understands that a new and more effective focus on conflict prevention is critical. He intends to front load actions, to address crisis in its early phases and to put extra UN effort to prevent the re-emergence of conflict. Given current global challenges such as the change of power relations in the world, new conflicts, growing push back on international norms and values and a trust deficit between citizens and Governments, the need for a more “joined up” and coherent UN effort to address these challenges is required.” 

Neal adds: “I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the Government of Switzerland for their constructive role throughout the world and for hosting the event with Humanitarian Coordinators. The spectacular Swiss backdrop of beauty, law and order, really helped us to reflect on the power of peace and responsive government.”

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unwomenUN WOMEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO VISIT UKRAINE

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Ukraine for the first time to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support the country in the efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. In Kyiv Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with government officials, parliamentarians, donors, women's groups, and women facing multiple forms of discrimination. Her visit comes at a crucial time for Ukraine when the country addresses the effects of the of the on-going conflict and implements an ambitious and crucial national reform agenda. UN Women Executive Director will highlight the need to prominently feature gender equality in reforms and recovery and peacebuilding processes.

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HUMANITARIAN NEEDS IN UKRAINE REMAIN HIGH

While humanitarian needs remain high, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) continues to be severely underfunded, with only 14.3 per cent (US$ 30.7 million) funded of total requirement (US$ 214 million) as of 26 May. Underfunding continues to seriously hamper efforts to respond to the needs of the people on both sides of the ‘contact line’, resulting in a suspension of critically-needed activities and, in worse cases, discontinuation of operations of some key humanitarian counterparts. All clusters remain underfunded, with some critical life-saving activities still awaiting to kick-start at full scale. Persistent funding challenges and the rapidly changing humanitarian environment triggered the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to undertake an analysis of the existing coordination systems and strengthen the effectiveness of humanitarian response. With this objective, the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT) - created by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Emergency Directors’ Group (EDG) - undertook a mission to Ukraine from 27 March to 7 April during which a series of consultations were held. The meetings with the relevant stakeholders were undertaken both at capital and field levels, focusing on a wide range of issues, including coordination arrangements, access and programming, protection challenges, gender mainstreaming, humanitarian funding and sustained linkages between humanitarian and development efforts. The findings of the mission were shared with the HCT members, hence the work within the HCT is ongoing to finalize the STAIT mission proposed Action Plan and timelines.

 
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NEWS FROM UN Agencies, funds and programmes

 
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Food and agriculTure organization (FAO)

5,000 smallholders in 38 villages of Donetsk region and 14 villages of Luhansk region will receive help from FAO as part of its emergency response programme in Ukraine. Each farmer will receive 125 kg of fodder packages to ensure a healthy protein balance for their animals. In addition, each of the beneficiary households receives 50 kg of crushed corn and wheat, and 25 kg of soymeal that will help to improve feeding of the cattle, swine and poultry. This type of assistance is particularly timely now as many villagers have already run out of fodder reserves from last year.

 
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International Labour Organization (ILO)

ILOOn 22-23 May, ILO  took part in the Conference on risk management and EU OSH (European Agency for safety and health at work) best practises. Within the Conference the ILO expert Mr. Arsenio Fernandez Rodriguez delivered a presentation, which consisted of a summarized review of studies showing that there are overwhelming evidences that a) at company level well-planned and systematically carried out OSH measures can create a significant return on investment and b) that high quality working conditions (health and safety) contribute to competitiveness in a different number of ways.

 
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 International organization for                                                                    migration (IOM)

iom reportOn 12 May 2017, IOM presented the results of the latest round of its National Monitoring System on Situation of IDPs in Ukraine, funded by the European Union. “Lack of support in finding relevant solutions for IDPs and returnees hinders their integration and creates dependencies on Government and aid organizations’ assistance,” says IOM Chief of Mission, Manfred Profazi. “With the National Monitoring System, IOM aims at assisting the Government of Ukraine in improving its knowledgebase about the situation and the needs of IDPs and to highlight emerging trends so that the Government can better develop evidence-based policies to address their needs.” At the joint presentation of the survey, held in Kyiv today, Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs of Ukraine, Heorhii Tuka, stressed the importance of data collection and IOM’s external expertise for shaping up a strategy and planning practical steps to support IDPs wellbeing and integration.See the report in the new publication section below.

 
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Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

UNAIDSThe mission of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been working in Ukraine on 10-12 May to assist country in finalization of the country proposal for the period 2018-2020.USD 119 mln  grant will be allocated to support country to achieve Fast Track targets and implement transition from donors funded to sustainable domestically funded AIDS response integrated into the System of Public Health. On 18 May the National HIV/TB Council (CCM) approved Ukraine’s application to the Global Fund. The proposal contains the transition plan to sustainable national response and reflects increasing governing role of the state principal recipient. On 19 May UNAIDS with the MoH Ukraine representatives join people living with HIV for the AIDS Memorial Day event called UNFORGOTTEN. Red color silhouettes symbolizing 42, 000 people, who died from AIDS, were installed in all big cities of Ukraine. To commemorate the AIDS Memorial Day UNAIDS in Ukraine promoted and supported regional on-line Quilt of Memory Initiative. More information

 
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United nations development           programme (UNDP)

On 19-20 May, Open Parliament Conference took place in Verhovna Rada of Ukraine. This 2-day event hosted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine was organized by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and UNDP’s Open Parliament Initiative in Ukraine. The event brought together leading legislators, government officials, and civil society representatives from around the world, including over 40 expert speakers, to consider how legislative openness can strengthen public trust in representative institutions and build a responsive, 21st century legislature. More information 

 
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United nations population fund (UNFPA)

On 18-20 May, in the framework of the international festival “Book Arsenal”, the United Nations Population Fund organized interactive book readings for children. Celebrity fathers read books to children on a social event “Daddy, read to me!” organized by United Nations Population Fund.

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

On 31 May, ahead of International Children’s Day, UNHCR has presented an illustrated book “Explaining the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Children”.  The conflict in Ukraine forced 58,000 people with disabilities to flee their homes, while some 320,000 are remaining in the conflict areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.  This educational project of UNHCR and the National Assembly of People with Disabilities aims at building tolerance the persons with disabilities and promoting the inclusiveness among children.

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UNITED nations children fund (UNICEF)  

The UNICEF Football Cup brought together over 5,000 children from across Ukraine including those from conflict affected areas. The main aim of the tournament was to promote equality, solidarity, mutual respect, countering bullying and teamwork.The UNICEF Football Cup is part of the “Sport for Development” programme being implemented with support from the Federal Republic of Germany and KfW. It seeks to provide a platform for young people to play sport and have fun, so they are better able to fully integrate and play an active role in their communities. More information
 
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  HRMMU Newsletter May 2017
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The Office of the United Nations High  Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

On 17 May, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission (HRMMU) participated in the training of 21 civil society monitors of the National Preventive Mechanism. HRMMU delivered the session on the UN Human Rights Mechanisms, with the emphasis on preventing and addressing torture. Promoting the dialogue on conflict-related sexual violence: On four occasions in May HRMMU presented findings of its thematic report on conflict-related sexual violence (see new publications section below). At the round tables in Kyiv and in the east HRMMU speakers focused on access to justice for survivors, overall impunity for such violations, and recommendations that need to be implemented to foster accountability. The events were organised by international and civil society organisations and targeted about 160 people. 

 
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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

On 26 May, the UN Volunteers promoted various aspects of volunteering among hundreds of international volunteer-teachers under the project GoCamp. Over 600 volunteers from more than 140 countries are coming to Ukraine this summer to teach English and develop soft skills of over 60, 000 Ukrainian children. The volunteers have been mobilized by Ukrainian NGO GoGlobal thanks to the support of the UN Volunteers and other partners, including 6 ambassadors who will also volunteer in the schools to present their countries’ culture, values, and volunteering tradition to Ukrainian children.

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

On 13 May, police ran against violence in Eastern Ukraine. Local police, their families and residents of Kramatorsk in Eastern Ukraine joined together in a race to raise awareness of gender-based violence in conflict-affected areas of the country. As part of a larger “Violence has no excuse” campaign, the fun run promoted zero tolerance for discrimination, and helped build trust between police and communities.   More information

 

 
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World Food Programme (WFP)

wfp mayIn January 2017, WFP started its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) which continues to address the food needs of the most vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine while gradually supporting early recovery activities aiming at enhancing local livelihoods, increasing income, diversifying crops, and rehabilitating productive assets. From January to April WFP has provided food assistance to 58,221 conflict-affected people, giving priority to those who are estimated to be the most vulnerable, mainly: elderly people, women-headed households with more than two children, chronically ill people (people living with Tuberculosis, HIV or cancer), people living with a disabilities. Starting May people who are identified as moderately food-insecure, will be engaged in food assistance-for-training and food assistance-for-assets activities, which will be tailored to the local context and based on available funding. More information

 
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World Health Organization (WHO)

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On 31 May, 'Women’s Leadership in Public Health' seminar held by MOH and WHO brought up modern leadership theories, which are especially suited to developing female leaders, and reflected real-life experiences of female leaders and role models. Executive coaching was a main feature of the programme. It provided participants with the objective to develop, enhance and build personal leadership attributes for a successful career in the field of public health, and to design personal development plans addressing individual career goals.

 

 
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my future drawing contest 

On 17 May United Nations in Ukraine selected the best 10 children's paintings which will be exhibited during 2017 at the premises of the UN House in Ukraine.Some works will be used to illustrate the new strategic program of cooperation between Ukraine and the UN.

My future drawing contest lasted from 4-25 April 2017. 120 paintings from all over Ukraine were received by the UN House in Ukraine.

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UN Model at the Institute of international relations

iir modelOn 19 May, United Nations in Ukraine supported the 6th Model UN of Kyiv International Relations Institute of the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University which was attended by 120 students – delegates. The IIR Model UN was simulating the work of three committees: the UN Security Council, UN Economic Council and UN Human Rights Council. 

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UN Model of the Leader Kyiv Pechersk Liceum

un model kidsOn 24 May, United Nations in Ukraine supported 5th Model UN of the “Leader” Kyiv Pechersk Liceum, which united more than 110 school students in discussion and debating in the frame of five UN committees. The students were briefed on the Sustainable Development Goals and important role of young people in achieving SDGs. 

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Lectures for students 

On 18 and 23 May, United Nations in Ukraine delivered lectures about UN in Ukraine to students from the State University of Bio Recourses and the National Aviation University, and informed them on the scope of work of the UN in Ukraine and SDGs. 

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Books for Sustainable Development

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

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On 17-21 May, United Nations in Ukraine together with Yakaboo participated in the International Arsenal Book Festival. Participants of the Festival had a chance to learn about books which inspire to make the world a better place and achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Everyone could get a SDGs bookmark to remind a Global Goals when reading.  

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Upcoming events

 
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The Ocean Conference will take place from 5 to 9 June in New York. More information

 
 

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SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 - Call for Applications! More information 

 
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 UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL DAYS

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New Publications

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Download the national monitoring system report on the situation of internally displaced persons.

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Download new UNDP textbook on human rights 

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Download new UNDP report on human rights in Ukraine 

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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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