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United nations in ukraine observed WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY

On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day (WHD), 19 August, the humanitarian community in Ukraine, in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine and the affected communities organized a four-day photo exhibition in Kyiv and two information fair events in Kramatorsk and Sievierodonetsk. These events attempted to increase public awareness on the ongoing suffering of millions of conflict-affected Ukrainians, raise the spirit of humanism and advocate for the protection of civilians. The events were guided by the global campaign that the civilians, aid workers and volunteers are #NotATarget and called for all parties to the conflict to end the suffering of civilians trapped in the conflict.


People we work for

Nelya, 37 years old, comes from the region of Donetsk, but had to relocate to the Kharkiv region after one morning she was hit by shelling when walking her son home from kindergarten. At the time of shelling, Nelya’s life was already not easy. A single mother with two kids and a factory worker, she had discovered four years earlier her HIV-positive status, which luckily had not been transmitted to her children.With support in Kharkiv city from a lawyer and social workers from NGO Positive women project supported by UNDP under the HIV Humanitarian initiative, the family moved out to Kharkiv since Nelya needed specific medical assistance. She and her kids lived in the former kids’ camp “Romashka” together with other internally displaced people (IDPs). When other camp dwellers found out about Nelya’s HIV status from TV news (Nelya agreed to reveal her HIV status to journalists), the family was requested to leave the IDP shelter. 


To protect her rights, Nelya had to seek legal support from the UNDP-funded Positive Women initiative.Over the last few years, in partnership with NGO “Positive women”, UNDP in Ukraine provided assistance to HIV-positive women and women belonging to HIV-vulnerable populations. A legal and social aid network was supported to carry out grassroot work in the regions overcrowded with IDPs over 2015-2016 with a focus on aid for HIV positive women.


Humanitarian situation

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Guided by the evolving humanitarian and security landscape, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in Ukraine finalized the Mid-Year Review (MYR) of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). This consultative process, which entailed revision and re-prioritisation of projects as well as an analysis of needs and achievements (against the original targets), showed an overall increase of the number of people in need from 3.8 to 4 million, due to an increase of the IDP caseload. On the other hand, the number of people targeted has slightly decreased – from 2.6 to 2.4 million—prompting a decrease in the overall requirement from US$ 214 million to US$ 204 million. This overall reduction of around US$ 10 million is driven predominantly by underfunding – the impacts of which not only prevent partners from implementing the planned programmes, but also force some key partners to cease their operations in Ukraine, hence the cancellation of their HRP projects. Other programmatic factors include the exclusion of activities sensitive to seasonal fluctuations and the inability of partners to operate in non-government controlled areas (NGCA).


NEWS FROM UN Agencies, funds and programmes


Food and agriculture organization (FAO)

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Ukraine is learning to assess food losses and waste in the fisheries sector. Experts from FAO’s Fisheries Division in Rome, Italy conducted a training course in Kyiv for representatives of Ukraine’s Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Ecological Academy, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences, and Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics. Participants learned new methodologies for assessing food losses and waste in fisheries and aquaculture. The aim was to build capacity among the country’s national experts as a foundation for further work on losses and waste by the Fisheries Agency of Ukraine. More information


International organization for migration (IOM)

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The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and the International Organization for Migration organized a summer school for children attending the Juvenile Probation Centres of Kyiv, Lviv, Melitopol, Mariupol, Zaporizhia and Odesa. Twenty three adolescents were brought to a recreation centre near Kyiv, where they learned about personal security and safe migration, human trafficking, cultural diversity, healthy lifestyles, leadership and responsible citizenship. According to the results of an IOM-commissioned representative survey on vulnerable children’s and youth’s trafficking awareness, conducted at the end of 2015, children in conflict with the law are the most vulnerable to the threats of modern-day slavery. More information


United nations development programme (UNDP)

undp august smallThe 111-meter-long overpass in Severodonetsk that was severely damaged due to the movement of heavy duty military equipment and shelling in 2014 is entirely renovated. Now its transport capacity will reach 8,000 vehicles per day. The facility is located at an important road junction on a highway that stretches across most of Luhansk Oblast, connecting the three largest cities in the government-controlled part of Luhansk Oblast: Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, and Rubizhne. More information


United nations population fund (UNFPA)

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During 25-27 August, "Youth, Peace and Security" forum was held in Kremenchuk, Poltava region. It gathered more than 200 young people who are motivated to learn about the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 and who have a passion to implement this Resolution in their local communities. UNV and UNICEF were also among the organizers of the forum. More information




The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

unhcr augustThe UN Refugee Agency presented a Participatory Assessment report that highlights the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people in Ukraine. Participatory Assessment is based on the findings of almost 200 focus groups and was conducted in the cities with the largest numbers of uprooted populations. The findings of the research show that the overarching concerns of participants from all target groups relate to discrimination, administrative and bureaucratic obstacles, access for housing and employment. More information



UNITED nations children fund (UNICEF)

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Following an outbreak of measles in Ukraine, UNICEF continues to advocate for increased vaccination coverage. The number of measles cases reported in 2017 so far are twenty times higher than those reported in the whole of last year. To address the poor levels of routine vaccination coverage and supply gaps, UNICEF has ensured availability of all vaccines for routine immunization through the procurement of vaccines on behalf of the MoH. In 2016, UNICEF procured a total of 1,740,880 dozes of MMR vaccines; 900,000 of which were carried forward to 2017. Meanwhile, a total of 583,000 Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) doses arrived in the country in August. In this article, UNICEF Representative Giovanna Barberis talks about the 2017 measles outbreak in Ukraine.


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

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UN Women keeps supporting security and defense sectors of Ukraine on their way towards greater gender equality! Lawyers, medical doctors, psychologists, media and officers of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine raised their awareness on gender discrimination, and acquired practical skills for prevention of sexual and gender-based violence in the army. Offices of the National Police in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts explored concepts of gender-responsive community policing, prevention and response to gender-based violence. More information


World food programme (WFP)

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Since November 2014, when WFP began its emergency operation, until the end of July 2017, WFP provided in-kind food assistance and cash-based transfers to 986,000 people among the most vulnerable and food insecure people. Between January and July 2017, WFP and its cooperating partners assisted some 134,000 people with in-kind food entitlements and cash-based transfers (CBT). WFP together with its cooperating partners continue the implementation of Food for Training (FFT) and Food for Assets (FFA) activities in GCA, including skill based qualification trainings and rehabilitation of community infrastructure objects. Up to 8,000 participants are supported with WFP electronic food vouchers or cash transfers (CBT) for up to 6 months. At the end of December 2017, WFP plans to reach over 80,000 food insecure people with multiple rounds of in-kind and CBT assistance in both GCA and NGCA.


The biggest quest on Sustainable Development Goals

Artek campAugust 2, 2017 - in the form of an intellectual quest, 200 camp participants learned about the Global UN Agenda 2030 - the Goals of Sustainable Development. 

A quest is a competition during which participants and teams perform previously prepared tasks. The quest was organized by older camp participants with the support of the UN office in Ukraine and the UN Youth Advisory Model. The tasks of the quest included quizzes about world education and overcoming gender stereotypes in society. The winning teams received gifts from the UN Office in Ukraine and UN Volunteers. After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the international camp Artek moved to Pushcha Vodytsya near Kyiv. More information

unyap new members


New members of the United Nations Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP) were selected in August. These are 20 young and active Ukrainians who represent the biggest youth non-governmental organizations from all over Ukraine. Th goal of the panel is not only to consult the United Nations on the pressing issues of Ukrainian youth but also to spread universal values of peace, justice and partnership. New members agreed to work on projects which would support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 (UNSCR 2250) on youth, peace and security.


Resolution 2250 

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In order to observe International Youth Day United Nations in Ukraine and United Nations Youth Advisory Panel held a workshop on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. Representatives of more than 20 youth non-governmental organizations were discussing common projects and planning new activities in line with the UNSCR 2250. As a result of the workshop, new partnerships and projects were initiated. Participants agreed to continue cooperation on implementing and promoting the Resolution.





east expoUN Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) is going to hold a business event, East Expo 2017, involving the leading small and medium enterprises from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. This two-day event will take place in Kyiv, on 12-13 September, at the premises of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Velyka Zhytomyrska Street, 33). More information 

  un day in schoolsWithin the framework of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the United Nations in Ukraine, educational institutions in Ukraine are invited to celebrate UN Day. UN Day may be celebrated in such interesting formats as Model UN, UN quest, a series of lectures on global issues, human library or world cafe in order to raise awareness among youth about UN work in Ukraine, its values and opportunities. More information  
  concors 4 journalists1 United Nations in Ukraine together with Global Ecology Fund and some UN agencies, funds and programs invites journalists who work for national or regional media in Ukraine, as well as students who study media, freelance journalists and bloggers to participate in the media contest on the best piece on SDGs. More information  

New Publications


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10 Years of Local Development in Ukraine: Sustainable Communities - Sustainable Development 

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WFP Country brief

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IOM's assistance to conflict-affected people 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, UNOHCHR, 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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