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UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories the United Nations officially came into being.  For the last 72 years United Nations has been working on maintaining international peace and security. 'When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world. On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality.' - António Guterres, UN Secretary-General. 
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  OHCHR September 2

UN Human Rights Report on Crimea has been presented in Ukraine

On 25 September, the UN Human Rights Office launched its landmark report on the human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, covering the period of 22 February 2014 to 12 September 2017. The report notes a grave deterioration of the human rights situation in Crimea since the beginning of its occupation by the Russian Federation. It makes 20 recommendations to the Russian Government, urging it to respect its obligations as an occupying power, uphold human rights for all, and effectively investigate alleged torture, abductions and killings involving Russian state agents. The full text of the report is available here


People we work for

Going the extra mile to ensure children learn - meet Avdviika’s most famous teacher

Maryna is one of the many teachers whose lives have been interrupted by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Since the beginning of the conflict in May 2014, more than 740 schools have been damaged and 648,000 students and teachers are still affected by the conflict.

When the conflict started, the 72 year old Maryna decided to be more than just a teacher as she decided to adapt her lessons to suit her circumstances. 

“Children are having a hard time these days, and I don’t want studying to be another burden for them. So my classes are more fun, we sing Ukrainian songs in class, the lyrics of which are based on famous poems. It makes learning easier and poetry more interesting to the children.” She says.

Maryna is very popular amongst the children because she supports their emotional struggles. She understands their pain, especially since her husband was injured in one of the many shellings and is undergoing lengthy and costly treatment in Dnipro.

UNICEF September 

To support a safe and normal school environment, UNICEF is advocating for the adoption of the “Safe Schools Initiative,” as a crucial instrument to protect children’s right to education in safe schools during times of conflict.

UNICEF is also advocating for the adoption of “The Safe Schools Declaration” which ensures that in conflicts, school facilities, teachers and students are safe from attack, ensuring continued access to education for all children.

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14 September 2017, Kramatorsk - Representatives of UN agencies, funds and programs working in Ukraine have held an open meeting with Kramatorsk residents. 

Its purpose was to share information about their activities and what has been achieved over the past three years in the city and the region working with cooperation and support.

The UN Еeam in eastern Ukraine consists of eleven agencies. More information


NEWS FROM UN Agencies, funds and programmes

IOM September

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and USAID opened a photo exhibition, Big Results of Small Businesses, to mark the ten-year anniversary of its Micro-Enterprise Development Programme, which seeks to empower migrants and people in need of support. Photojournalist portrays the stories of people who have overcome difficulties in their lives, and who are now more economically independent and have a positive impact on their communities.
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  undp 2 sep

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

More than half a million people in the south of Donetsk oblast – local residents and IDPs – will benefit from the services of the Blood Transfusion Station in Mariupol rehabilitated by UNDP with financial support from Japan.

“Supporting the rehabilitation of social and especially medical care infrastructure in the conflict-affected areas in the Donbas is among top priorities for UNDP and its development partners, including the Government of Japan,” Victor Munteanu, Manager of UNDP’s Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, said at the opening ceremony of the reconstructed medical facility. 

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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

On 25 September, UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund presented the results of the research «Economic Costs of Violence against Women in Ukraine», as well as a new stage of a 3-year project on prevention and response to violence.

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  unhcr youth

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

Youth Empowerment Weekend was organized by the UN Refugee Agency at the end of September in Kyiv region. The seminar brought together 50 young participants, including refugees, displaced people and active youth from all over Ukraine. Trainings and interactive activities created a friendly environment, where participants freely voiced their ideas and shared their opinions.

The event aimed to raise awareness on social inclusion and empower participants to take an active role in their communities.

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As part of UNICEF’s continued advocacy for the adoption of “The Safe Schools Declaration,” the Ministry of Education and Science, UNICEF, Save the Children and the Education Cluster, hosted the first round table discussion on “how to protect the right to education during armed conflicts.” Chaired by the Minister of Education, the consultation discussed the Safe Schools Declaration and the guidelines, which are crucial international instruments to protect children’s right to receive education in safe schools during the armed conflict. More information

  ocha september

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

On 25 September, UN OCHA and UNHCR with active participation of the Government of Ukraine and international organizations held a workshop to discuss common ways to address protracted displacement in Ukraine. Participants discussed the recommendations of the Professor Walter Kaelin case study on “Breaking the Impasse” and introduced the concept of ‘collective outcomes’.

The workshop resulted in a number of recommendations to achieve sustained solutions through new way of working - strengthening linkages between humanitarian and development efforts, and ensuring a whole-of-government and integrated approach. The workshop recommendations will also enrich the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs on an IDP strategy that is currently being developed. More information


United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

UN Women intensified advocacy work with Ukrainian parliamentarians to ensure gender mainstreaming at all levels of political decision making and raise awareness about women’s rights, with attention to vulnerable groups of women. Conversations have been held within the framework of the round table “Role of Parliament in securing implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)” and workshop "Gender Equality and Sustainable Development Goals: Framework for Parliamentary Engagement”.

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WFP september

World Food Programme (WFP)

Since November 2014, when WFP began its emergency operation, by the end of August 2017, WFP provided in-kind food assistance and cash-based transfers  to some 1 million people among the most vulnerable and food insecure people.

According to findings of the Joint Food Security Assessment (FSA) released on 12 September 2017, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has led to significantly increased food insecurity in both Government- and Non-government controlled areas (respectively GCA and NGCA) with the number of moderate and severe food insecure people standing at 1.2 million, including 800,000 in NGCA and 410,000 in GCA.

The FSA indicates a direct link between food insecurity and unemployment while findings of the Analysis of the Socio-Economic Situation revealed that the conflict has had an impact on all Ukraine especially on the five eastern regions, with Luhansk and Donetsk regions (both GCA and NGCA) being most affected due to the direct impact. More information

  2017 confidential inquiries ukr

World Health Organization (WHo)

WHO and UNFPA supported the training for members of the National committee for the confidential enquiries into maternal deaths (CEMD) in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan that was held in Kyiv. Confidential enquiries are being implemented in Ukraine in order to save mothers’ lives, improve health care services and to address the systemic problems leading to maternal deaths. By adhering to confidentiality, medical experts are trying to identify medical and non-medical factors that cause fatalities, and develop effective recommendations to overcome them. 

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International Day of Peace

On September 21 Ukraine observed International Peace Day by holding a Peace Dove campaign in Ukrainian schools.

More than 60 schools all over Ukraine participated in the observance of the International Peace Day by holding events, photo and painting exhibitions and concerts.

The value of peace in Ukraine is reinforced by the conflict in the Eastern part of the country.

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Inclusive SDGs QUEST

24 September 2017, Kyiv - UN in Ukraine together with UN Volunteers and UNYAP organized an inclusive SDGs quest to encourage people with disabilities to learn about SDGs and their impact.

More than 100 visitors of Maryinskyi park in Kyiv together with organizations which are supporting people with disabilities in Ukraine were solving different tasks and quizzes in order to reach the end of the quest and win presents from the United Nations in Ukraine.

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u inn photo U-Inn Youth innovations contest is being held by UNDP in Ukraine. Young people from all over Ukraine are encouraged to submit their project proposals which would address local issues through the active participation of young people in the life of their community. U-Inn winners will share a total prize of 15,000 USD, divided in three parts (5,000 USD) for each of the categories of social entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and social script projects that promote democracy and human rights. 

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unfpa hack1 UNFPA is looking for girls who are interested in IT and web-design and  willing to participate in Hack4good hackaton. Participants will have a chance to win 25000, 15000 or 10 000 for their projects.

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  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 informational piece on SDGs.

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New Publications


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Economic cost of violence against women in Ukraine

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Advocacy report on strengthening adolescent component of the national HIV/AIDS programme

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The results of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey recently released in Ukraine reveal a 20% reduction in the number of smokers over the past 7 years. 

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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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