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In December 2017 the UN Resident Coordinator sent a letter to the Prime-Minister, bringing his attention to three policy areas which, if unaddressed, may deepen divisions in the society. The UN suggested that the Government de-links the right to pension from IDP registration; lifts unnecessary restrictions on movement of people and goods across the contact line; and applies non-discriminatory administrative procedure for the registration of births and deaths occurring in the territory not controlled by the Government. The UN stands ready to support the Government in undertaking these steps according to international standards.

Newsletter Jan Feb 2018


The Government of Japan provides USD 3.6 million to support people in Eastern Ukraine affected by the conflict

19 February 2018 - In 2018, the Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations system in Ukraine will continue partnership in addressing humanitarian needs and support recovery in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine. USD 3.6 million of assistance provided by the Government of Japan will be used to address humanitarian needs, support vulnerable groups of population and recovery of eastern regions in Ukraine, through implementation of seven projects by six UN system organizations.

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13 February, 2018 - United Nations in Ukraine awarded the winners of the contest «Publications for changes. Ukraine on the path to sustainable development».The winners were selected by specialists of the agencies, funds and programs of the United Nations in Ukraine among more than 100 entries. Journalists using various communication tools and approaches creatively highlighted the following aspects of SDG achievement: government actions at the central and local levels, SDGs and business, sustainable entrepreneurship and economic growth, SDGs and civil society, environment; equitable society focused on social development, equality between women and men as key factor for peace and development of Ukraine.

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People we work for

Dasha has spent all 14 years of her life in a wheelchair. The only person who believes that she can walk is her grandmother, Natalia. Together, they fled from war to the modular camp on the outskirts of Kharkiv, and now dream of peace and a dignified life for IDPs.

Dasha and her grandmother, Natalia, live in a modular camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Kharkiv. Along with them, the camp is inhabited by more than 400 people. At first, the settlement was intended to serve as a temporary shelter - for people to stay for a month or two, and afterwards moving on with their lives. But most immigrants remain here for years. The camp consists of modular houses similar to a huge garage. Each of them has a long corridor with twenty rooms and a common kitchen. In winter, electric room heaters are used, while the only ventilation in summer is via the open window.

Dasha and her grandmother Natalia Yefimova are among the few clients of the Kharkiv mobile psychological assistance team who are willing to tell their rueful story, disclosing their true names and faces.


"We have nothing to fear. The only thing I still worry about is how to get Dasha on her feet so that she can live without me in the future".

Unlike many other inhabitants of the modular camp, Dasha and her grandmother are victims of circumstances rather than of direct violence. Nevertheless, UNFPA mobile team psychologists, volunteers, lawyers and community activists help this small family. More information


News from UN Agencies, funds and programmes

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Food Agricultural Organization (FAO)

Climate change and forest resilience on table at meetings in Ukraine The talks provide the region’s first major opportunity to explore how the new global approach to climate change is relevant to forest management in Ukraine.The project, which FAO is leading in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, addresses national policy development, methodology approaches, and technical advisory services. The meeting contributed to the SDGs 13 and 16 - Climate change and Life on land. More information


International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Zhytomyr became the second city in Ukraine to host the craft fair, Dobroyarmarok, organized by IOM. The fair provided IOM livelihood grantees – IDPs and vulnerable host community members – with opportunities to exhibit their products, while also connecting with potential customers and partners. With programmes and events like this, IOM contributes to the SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. More information

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP in Ukraine supported a performance to promote tolerance and reinvent respect. "Tolerance is very important in our times,” says Volodymyr Horyansky, a famous Ukrainian actor. “We need to cultivate it from childhood, and talk about it more. Embracing diversity and a respectful attitude to each other - that's what our performance is about. The performance was organized with financial support from the governments of Sweden and Switzerland by UNDP Ukraine and International Centre for Policy Studies. Tolerance is essential to achieve SDG16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. More information

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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Ensure timely assistance to victims: Shelter to give social and psychological assistance to GBV survirors has opened in Sloviansk. The facility will be a safe place, where women could temporarily stay to receive support they need to restore their inner strengths and make decisions about future lives. Opening and further supporting of a shelter in Donetsk Oblast became possible with the joint efforts of UNFPA and UNDP to achieve SDG5 on Gender Equality. More information

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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Thousands of civilians continue to face challenges while crossing the 'contact line'. Up to 900,000 crossings of the “contact line” were registered through the five entry/exit checkpoints (EECP) in January in eastern Ukraine. Worsened weather conditions, long waiting hours, and intensified insecurity and mine-contamination further compound people’s struggle. In January alone, at least four civilian casualties were reported at the EECPs (three deaths and one injured), as a result of health issues or due to small arms fire. More information

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UN Women

To mark the Zero Discrimination Day celebrated on March 1 UN Women, Positive Women, UNAIDS, Ombudsperson and partners developed recommendations to address discrimination against women living with HIV during the Round Table on Joint Efforts to Identify National Priorities in Combatting HIV/AIDS in Ukraine: Addressing Challenges of Women Living with HIV. The round table was organised by Positive Women and UN Women with the support of Embassy of Sweden and Global Affairs Canada.

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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

On 31 January, UNV invited organizations and young leaders to inspire each other with good practices in volunteer management. Organized by UNV in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and UNDP, the workshop contributed to the development of a nationwide training on volunteer management under the Youth Worker programme. The first training on volunteer management will be delivered this spring. Promoting the long-term impact of volunteering, the training will also refer to the “Young Person’s Guide to Changing the World”, which was created by UNV and AIESEC.

New Urban agenda

Local government has been informed on new urban agenda

The New Urban Agenda is the final document of the UN Habitat III conference, which took place in the capital of Ecuador, Kito in 2016, and brought together representatives from 167 countries, including Ukraine. United Nations in Ukraine translated New Urban Agenda into Ukrainian, circulated its printed version to local administrations and City Councils in Ukraine and released a video to raise awareness on urban development issues. More information

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Educational visits to the UN House

UN in Ukraine held five educational visits to the United Nations office in Ukraine in January and February. Educational visit is a uniques chance for students to learn on Sustainable Development Goals, work of the United Nations in Ukraine. volunteering and opportunities for youth supported by the United Nations. In January and February students from Kyiv, Dnipro and Severodonetsk visited UN House.


Books for sustainable development

New books related to SDGs were awarded to three Facebook winners of the contest ‘Books for the future’. The contest always attracts attention of large audiences of United Nations Facebook. The latest contest reached 200 000 people.The aim of the contest is to raise awareness on Sustainable Development Goals through books which touch upon different aspects of SDGs achievement: elimination of poverty and hunger, good health, abservance of human rights, economic development and climate change.





New Publications

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Parliament's role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

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Sport for development publication supported by UNICEF Ukraine

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Socioeconomic impact and needs assesment in Donetsk and Luhansk region

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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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