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UN Secretary-General expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres paid an official visit to Ukraine on 9 July and stressed the importance of maintaining territorial integrity of the country.

Guterres also highlighted that the conflict in Donbass was ongoing and called for the gunfire to end. The Secretary-General said the UN will need to continue providing humanitarian aid in the country.

'I want to express my solidarity to all those Ukrainians who are suffering because of the recent events that have caused 1.7 million displaced people in the country. I started to work with them as High Commissioner for Refugees, and I want to say that I deeply feel the suffering of the people and I am deeply committed to do everything I can in order to be able to address their plight'.

Read full text of the speech here


People we work for

According to the Ministry of Social Policy, more than 50,000 persons with disabilities had to flee their home because of the conflict in the East of Ukraine. Among them - Ruslan Riga and his wife Anna who had to flee the hometown of Lysychansk in Luhansk region and start their life from the very beginning in the city of Bila Tserkva in Kyiv region. 

In Lysychansk, spouses had their own business of producing and selling cutters for metal and wood surfaces. Although the family was lucky enough to be able to relocate all the equipment, their database of clients was completely lost.

“Looking back, I can say that relocation had a positive influence on our business development. Our new location is much more convenient for the customers”, says Ruslan.

Now, while Anna is busy with their online store, Ruslan trains others on how to use milling cutters. With help from the UNHCR project for internally displaced persons with disabilities, Ruslan not only supports his family, but also employs other IDPs. 

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"The assistance from the UN Refugee Agency gave me additional motivation to open a new sector for my business", admits Ruslan.  The displaced entrepreneur has now started a business that produces various decor elements.

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NEWS FROM UN Agencies, funds and programmes


Food and agriculture organization (FAO)

chicken faoFAO supports poultry farming in Eastern Ukraine. FAO continues to deliver humanitarian aid in conflict-affected Eastern Ukraine, with a focus on rural people living along the line of engagement. This time, some 2,750 households within the 8-kilometer zone have received one-day-old poultry. The help comes as part of FAO’s emergency response programme in Ukraine, currently valued at US$ 2.3 million.Each beneficiary household received either 30 chicks, 25 ducklings or 25 turkey poults, step-by-step guides and starter fodder. More information


International organization for migration (IOM)

iom trafficking On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new website, the National Toll-Free Counter-Trafficking and Migrant Advice Hotline www.527.org.ua. It raises awareness about the threats of modern-day slavery and provides helpful information about safe migration. The website is easy to use on different devices and visitors can call the toll-free hotline with just a click.

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Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Within the Kyiv Fast Track City Initiative Elena Pinchuk, founder of the ANTIAIDS Foundation in Ukraine, and Vitaly Klitschko, Mayor of the Kyiv city jointly launched the beginning of the ART for 1,300 people living with HIV in Kyiv with a novelty sixth-generation medicine. Currently, Ukrainian patients are treated mainly with the fourth-generation ARVs. This is an unprecedented case of involvement of a private foundation in a treatment program in Eastern Europe. Until now, the Ukrainian antiretroviral therapy program was entirely financed from the national state budget and by international donors. 
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United nations development programme (UNDP)

UNDP launched the new business grants contest for internally displaced people and local residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to support entrepreneurship and small businesses in Donbas. Application for grants is open untill 3 August 2017. Grants will be allocated to help launch, restore or expand business activities. Applicants must present business plans that demonstrate long-term prospects for profit, use relevant market indicators, and which provide self-employment or job creation opportunities, including for family members.

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On July 21, 2017, the forum "BUSINESS - YOUTH: THE WOW-EFFECT FROM CO-OPERATION" was held in Kremenchuk. This forum was held under the initiative "Ukrainian Pact for Youth-2020", which aims to unite the efforts of companies, the state and education sector for the employment of young people. Among the organizers of the forum are the United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine, the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Ukraine, the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility Development, with the support of the Kremenchuk City Council and the Kremenchuk Youth Parliament.

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On 7 July 2017, UNHCR and Art-zavod Platforma hosted the Opening Ceremony of the "Solidarity" Mural created by Japanese artist Miyazaki Kensuke together with displaced and refugee children. The event was organized in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Ukraine. Famous Japanese artist Miyazaki Kensuke visited Ukraine in July 2017 as part of his global project “Over the Wall”. His visit to Ukraine was dedicated to the 1st anniversary of the “City of Solidarity” initiative launched in Mariupol and the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and Ukraine. During his mission, Mr. Miyazaki created wall paintings in Kyiv and Mariupol.

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Ukraine's Ministry of Health signed an agreement with three international organizations, including UNICEF, UNDP and the Crown Agents UK procurement agency, in order to continue carrying out transparent procurement of medicines under 39 state programs for a total of 5,9 billion UAH. "The fact that we signed the agreement at the end of July clearly indicates that we are moving away from the emergency mode of procurement towards a more planned process. Effective and long-term planning will enable more Ukrainian patients to receive their needed medications much faster,” commented Neal Walker,  United Nations Resident Coordinator in Ukraine. Purchasing medicines through international organizations has also opened a window of opportunity for Ukrainian producers to enter international markets. More information 



The Istanbul Protocol: Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is now available in Ukrainian. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) translated these guidelines in order to assist the Government to document cases of torture, foster accountability and ensure justice for victims. In one month, HRMMU distributed more than 200 copies of the translated Protocol. Released in 1999, the Istanbul Protocol is the result of three years’ work of more than 75 experts in law, health and human rights, representing 40 organizations from 15 countries.

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ivanenko The Comic Competition on Gender Equality, organized by UN Women Ukraine, invited young artists to submit comics representing their impressions of women's rights and gender equality. Seven winners, which were selected from 62 drawings submitted from 24 locations in Ukraine, received awards at a ceremony on 21 July. The event also included a series of discussions with youth on key gender issues: women’s representation in decision-making positions, gender-based violence and gender stereotypes.

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From November 2014, when WFP began its emergency operation, until the end of June 2017, WFP provided in-kind food assistance and cash-based transfers to 970,000 people among the most vulnerable and food insecure people. Between January and June 2017, WFP and its cooperating partners assisted some 120,000 people with in-kind food entitlements and cash-based transfers (CBT). WFP together with partners continues the implementation of livelihood recovery activities that started in May through the Food for Training (FFT) and Food for Asset (FFA) projects in government-controlled areas (GCA). The conflict-affected internally displaced population, people living with chronical diseases, people with disabilities and single mothers with limited or no means for survival are among those targeted. Until the end of December 2017, WFP plans to reach over 80,000 food insecure people with a mix of in-kind and CBT assistance in both GCA and non-government controlled areas (NGCA). More information



who ukraine After three years of conflict, the health care system’s resources in conflict-affected areas of Ukraine are stretched to a breaking point while humanitarian funding is dropping. With generous financial support from the German government, WHO supplied 11 tons of surgical medicines and medical materials to health facilities in government controlled areas near the contact line . In addition to surgical kits shipment, WHO imported large-scale orders of primary care supplies to support up to 1,200,000 patients on both sides of conflict line, as well as neonatal materials to ensure safe deliveries and neonatal resuscitation for 58 pediatric and obstetric units.

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GENDER Equality workshop 

On 17 July 2017, UNO Kyiv held the workshop on gender equality mainstreaming and communication for UN staff. The workshop was  facilitated by gender equality expert Galyna Mesheryakova. Participants learned gender equality definitions, looked at gender roles and stereotypes as well as issues such as gender-based violence, discrimination and gender gaps.



plutokratyIn July 2017, UNO Kyiv held a monthly social media campaign “Books for Sustainable Development”, jointly with Yakaboo, the largest online books store in Ukraine. The aim of the campaign is to popularize reading and spread ideas that lead to more sustainable behaviors. Friends of the UN Ukraine Facebook page have an opportunity to win one of the three books each month.More information



Caspar Peek: Family planning is not a luxury. Read the article on Kyivpost

Pensions, which they earned. How thousand of people in the East do not receive pensions. Read the article in Ukrainian on UkrainskaPravda

The one who is efficiently controlling the territtory of Donbass has to respect human rights. Watch the video on Youtube

Energy efficiency investment rises, but falls short of needs. Read the article on KyivPost



✓ FAO launches project indicating climate change actions in Ukraine. Funded entirely by FAO, the project will be carried out in close collaboration with Ukraine’s Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food and Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. It will address national policy development, methodological approaches and technical advisory services. More information


✓ A national youth forum "Youth, peace and security" will take place on 25-27 August in Kremenchuk. The form will gather 230 young persons, who will work on UN Security Council Resolution 2250 and learn how to maintain peace and security in their communities. More information


 ✓ Have you had a great experience with engaging youth in decision-making at the local level for the democratization and promotion of human rights in your community? The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine with UNDP support is looking for stories from the field to promote quality youth work and active participation  of young people. More information



New Publications

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Download the new UNDP report on human rights Ukraine

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Download guidelines on internal displacement in Ukraine

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WFP prepared Ukraine country brief.

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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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