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the humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine calls to urgently address 90 percent humanitarian funding gap 

On 20 April, the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine briefed UN Member States and International Organizations in New York on humanitarian situation, response and recovery efforts in Ukraine.

Organized by UNDP/OCHA and moderated by OCHA, the event was attended by over 40 participants, where the Humanitarian Coordinator called on participants to stand in solidarity with conflict-affected people in Ukraine and help protect civilians. 

Mr. Yuri Vitrenko, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine Permanent Mission to the UN and Mr. Bruno Lemarquis, Director of Crisis Response Unit, UNDP also made key note remarks.

 

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Six things you need to know about the crisis in Ukraine

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine is having an enormous human cost. Over 2,540 civilians have been killed and thousands more injured. Some 600,000 people, including 100,000 children, live within 10-km of a 457-km contact line, where there is daily shelling, armed clashes and extreme levels of mine contamination. After four years of war, children are experts in avoiding missiles, with sandbags lining the wall of their schools. Families are well-practiced in sheltering in their basements to avoid shelling.

Read key facts about the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. 

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2 million Ukrainians are affected by landmines in Ukraine’s eastern conflict regions

Today, large stretches of populated areas within the Donetska and Luhanska oblasts in eastern Ukraine, particularly hundreds of settlements along the 457-km “contact line” are contaminated with mines and explosive ordnance due to the armed conflict.

Because of the heavy presence of mines and unexploded ordnance, millions of people risk their lives every day to access markets, schools, hospitals and farmlands. Landmines have also significantly curtailed people’s ability to move freely across the five checkpoints, where one millions crossings occur each month.

On the occasion of the International Mine Action Awareness Day, the Government of Ukraine and representatives of international organizations call for the protection and safety of 2 million Ukrainian men, women and children in eastern Ukraine, who face constant insecurity due to contamination from landmines and explosive remnants of the armed conflict. More information

 
     
 

Ukraine observed World Health Day and marked the European Immunization Week

WHO, UNICEF and other health partners supported a series of activities to highlight the importance of immunization in saving people's life and health. Ministry of health, NGOs and international organizations put all their energy to raise awareness of the Ukrainians on vaccines’ availability, safety and effectiveness. Ukraine reports over 11,000 measles cases in 2018. Large-scale outbreak response measures have been undertaken since September 2017 to curb further spread of the disease and restore high routine immunization coverage.

On 23 April after the press-conference involving the Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and national Rotary clubs, a parents group (Parents for Immunization), bloggers and even participants dressed as super heroes, included a national conferences with opinion leaders, a flash mob at schools in Kyiv, a webinar on vaccination and a roundtable discussion with paediatricians.

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People we work for

It was just an ordinary day for Liuba and her son Misha in Mariinka, a town devastated by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

They were used to the rattle of machine guns as they prepared breakfast. So when they fell silent, 10-year-old Misha ran to his grandmother’s house nearby. Then a shell exploded without warning, Liuba recalls. “Suddenly, I couldn’t see him any more. But I heard this sound and someone screaming ‘mama’.” The first thing she remembers seeing was blood pouring from his head, where fragments from the shell had lodged. With the nearest hospital 30 kilometres away and hostilities in Mariinka intensifying, Liuba knew there was little hope of an ambulance. Fortunately, a relative from a nearby town was able to drive them there and Misha survived. Now Liuba says gunfire still scares her but silence frightens her more.

Liuba and Misha are among more than 600,000 people caught inside the conflict zone. Once they would have walked along a path to meet the school bus each morning. Now that the path has turned to mud, Liuba pushes her son on a bicycle, past military dugouts, so he can arrive there clean.

Shelling and landmines have turned thousands of lives upside down, making it difficult to collect benefits, food and medicine, or find jobs. Travelling across the line of contact is also difficult. In February 2018 alone, there were more than 1 million crossings as people met family members or used local services. More information

 
 

News from UN Agencies, funds and programmes

 
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FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION (FAO)

Countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia need better engagement in global sustainable livestock processes. Meetings on this issue begun in Uman, Ukraine, gathering myriad stakeholders able to assist countries in the region with development of their own approaches to improvements in livestock production.The meeting in Uman, which is well-known for its national dendrological park, brought together about 50 participants from 12 countries.
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International Financial Corporation (IFC)

IFC, a member of the World Bank group, will assist the City of Kyiv to structure and tender Ukraine's first PPP project in the health sector. The successful implementation of the project is expected to significantly improve the quality of health infrastructure in Kyiv and improve healthcare services. The scope of the PPP project will entail design, construction, equipping and maintenance of a new building. Potentially this scope may be extended to some services, so as to use private financing and innovation.

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International Labour Organization (ILO)

ILO has participated in the events dedicated to the World Day for Safety and Health at Work which is celebrated on 28 of April every year. This year's topic was "Generation Safe and Healthy". The event was combined with the World Day against Child Labour (June 12) and was focused on a promotional campaign for critical importance of addressing challenges and improving safety and health for young workers, not only to promote decent youth employment, but also to link efforts to combat hazardous – and all other forms of - child labour.

 

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International Organization for Migration (IOM)

IOM, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, supports the most vulnerable people in need, residing close to the contact line in Ukraine’s Donbas region, government-controlled area, through multipurpose cash assistance. Elderly, people with disabilities, families with many children, and single-headed households with children – in total, 4,600 beneficiaries – receive up to $200, spread over six monthly instalments. The cash assistance is provided through the state postal enterprise “Ukrposhta” which has the most extensive presence of offices in locations close to the contact line. More information

 

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Reaching out to the young generation and hosting talks with them about pulling the country out of corruption is important to raise young people’s awareness of corrosive effects of this scourge and inspire them to say no to corrupt practices in everyday situations.

Civic activists, journalists, lawyers, students, academics, medical experts, designers, psychologists, war veterans, and local council members - The Anti-Corruption School convened a rather diverse audience to get them learning from each other and working together to overcome corruption in their communities. What are five ways to help anti-corruption activists’ initiatives reach a top-notch effect?

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United Nations Human Rights monitoring mission

On 26 April 2018, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine delivered a training session for 22 civil society monitors of the National Preventive Mechanism held at the Chernihiv Human Rights House.

The session was on "UN Human Rights Mechanisms to Address and Prevent Torture and Ill-Treatment". The training covered international human rights law standards regarding torture and ill-treatment, including through practical examples, and available human rights mechanisms.

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission provided copies of the Istanbul Protocol (a manual on the effective investigation and documentation of torture) and Mandela Rules (the UN Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners).

 
 

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UN WOMEN

On 24-25 April, in Sviatohirsk, Donetsk region, UN Women and Ukrainian Women’s Fund, with the support of the Donetsk and Luhansk Regional State Administrations, held Regional Forum on Advancing Human Rights and Gender Equality Through Community Mobilization for Empowerment in Ukraine.

During the Forum more than 120 women and men from 20 communities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions have shared their experience of applying the Community Mobilization for Empowerment methodology.

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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

On 30 March-1 April in Ivano-Frankivsk, UNV conducted a Training of Trainers on volunteer management for the nationwide “Youth Worker” programme of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. 25 youth workers from various regions of Ukraine learned about essential preconditions to engage volunteers, how to engage and motivate them as well as how to develop and support volunteerism in the long run.

 
 

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UN Team presented job opportunities with the UN at the Kyiv Post Employment Fair

Human Resources departments of the UNDP, UNOCHA and IOM in Ukraine participated in the Kyiv Post Employment Fair which was held in Kyiv. The Kyiv Post Employment Fair attracted 700 visitors and more than 40 companies to the Ukrainian House in Kyiv on March 31. The job fair is a biannual recruiting event with a 13-year history of career matchmaking. The attendees had an opportunity to talk to the representatives of the UN team, learn in detail about job openings, file applications on the spot and network. More information

 
     
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Educational visits to the UN House

UN in Ukraine held several educational visits to the United Nations office in Ukraine in April. 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 April students from Sumy and Melitopol visited UN House.

 
 

Interviews and op-eds

 
 

FAO economists named 5 trends on future of the agriculture market

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84% of parents vaccinate kids according to vaccination calendar

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Announcements

 

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The NGO Branch of DESA is inviting all interested NGOs that are willing to work in close collaboration with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to apply for consultative status. 1 June 2018 is the deadline to receive applications that will be reviewed during the following year.

Read more about how to apply here:

To see a webinar on ECOSOC consultative status click here

 

 

 

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IOM, the UN Migration Agency, started casting a wide net  to bring forth the talent behind one of the migration world’s enduring art forms: motion pictures. It’s all part of the UN Together campaign to promote diversity worldwide. To select a compelling roster of films to be screened at IOM’s December 2018 Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF), the Geneva-based body is calling for submissions of Full-Length Feature and Short Films, in all genres: fiction, documentary, animation, etc. Submissions will be accepted through 21 June. More: https://bit.ly/2I4fSAs

 
 

New Publications

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Catalogue of best youth practices work in Ukraine

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Children at the heart of the community

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SDGs: what local governments should know

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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 special attention of the United Nations is given to the needs and aspirations of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in Ukraine. This approach builds on the core SDG concept of equitable development for all, ‘leaving no one behind’ and the key message to ‘reach the furthest behind first’.

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Ukraine is composed of representatives of UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes, accredited in Ukraine.

The work of the UN in Ukraine is guided by the Government of Ukraine - United Nations Partnership Framework 2018-2022, which defined four key Pillars of work:

  • Sustainable economic growth, environment and employment;
  • Equitable access to quality and inclusive services and social protection;
  • Democratic governance, rule of law and civic participation;
  • Human security, social cohesion and recovery with a particular focus on Eastern Ukraine.
 
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