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Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, emphasized the importance of the health care system reform in Ukraine, in his recent opinion piece for the Ukrainian mass media

“We, the United Nations as part of the international community, strongly support reform of the health care in Ukraine. It will contribute to a better future for the next generation of Ukrainians and will be a positive message to the world, to all who support Ukraine during these difficult days of conflict, reform and recovery.

I sincerely hope the country does not miss the chance that this reform becomes a Ukrainian success story which citizens will be proud of, and contribute to the provision of accessible, nondiscriminatory and good quality healthcare.”

Read the opinion piece with the UN Resident Coordinator published by Kyiv Post (English), and Ukrainian Pravda (Ukrainian)


Greeting to the New Un agency in Ukraine - UNOPS!

On April 10, 2017 the United Nations Office for Project Services opened its operational presence in Ukraine and became the 18th United Nations  Agency in Ukraine.

The Office was established in response to the request from the Ukrainian leadership.The Office has an extended mandate and will provide a wide range of services to the Government, international development agencies, IFIs and people of Ukraine.

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UN supports health preparedness for Eurovision Song Contest

Ukraine has been preparing for health events that could happen during the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Kyiv, with focus on hospital safety and health in mass gatherings. Ministry of Health of Ukraine requested WHO/Europe’s support to ensure that their national health system is well equipped to prevent, prepare for, detect early, respond rapidly to and recover from any public health events related to mass gatherings. Preparations started in mid-March 2017 with hospital safety trainings. The 18 participants included health specialists from the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Centre, engineers from 5 hospitals affiliated with mass gatherings who are responsible for civil protection.


NEWS FROM UN Agencies, funds and programmes


Food and agriculTure organization (FAO)

27-29 April, 2017 – FAO brings its expertise to the biggest International Forum for the development of farming in the Eastern Europe - Agroport 2017. As 2016 World Food Day theme said ‘Climate is changing. Agriculture must too,’ FAO encouraged national and international professionals to debate on unstable agricultural productivity and therefore undermine global food security in terms of rising temperatures, changes in rainfall, erratic weather patterns and the prevalence of pests and diseases.

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United nations development                         programme (UNDP)

UNDP set up four сitizens advisory bureaus (CAB) to support the government in providing administrative, psychological and legal aid to the vulnerable population in the aftermath of the conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (Novopskov and Rubizhne in Luhansk region, and Kramatorsk and Sloviansk in Donetsk region). A total of 7,804 appeals for aid (69 percent IDPs, 55 percent women) were addressed within ten months. More information 


United nations population fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA together with East European Institute organized a training of Complex approach to prevention and reaction to gender- based violense in Mariupol. Representatives of local municipality, social services centers, hospitals and police learned what is gender-based violense and how to cooperate to prevent it. 


The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

The UN Refugee Agency has sent its third humanitarian convoy this year to the city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. The convoy of 23 trucks brought nearly 500 tons of humanitarian aid, including 20,000 roofing sheets, clothes, and orthopedic aids for residents of the non-government controlled areas of Luhansk region.Since the beginning of this year, UNHCR has sent 70 trucks to the city of Luhansk, carrying nearly 1,500 metric tons of aid.

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UNITED nations children fund (UNICEF)  

On 7 April, Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, gave a media briefing at Palais des Nations in Geneva, highlighting that 200,000 children living in 15km zone on each side of the contact line in Eastern Ukraine, where fighting is most severe, need urgent psychosocial support to overcome trauma of volatile conflict. The briefing was covered by first-tier international media like Voice of America and Xinhua, and received over 70 mentions in Ukrainian media. More information

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OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

The humanitarian situation at the checkpoints continued to be a major concern in April. The number of civilians crossing the 'contact line' through the five operating checkpoints has slightly decreased, with over 898,400 individual crossings registered, compared to the record high of 960,000 crossings in March. While flare-ups of hostilities continued unabated despite the traditional pre-Easter holiday ceasefire agreement announced at the end of March, people waiting to cross the ‘contact line’ continued to be exposed to the fatal risks due to shelling and the presence of landmines and explosive remnants of war.


OHCHR (The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) 

On 27 April 2017 The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) participated in the discussion on Istanbul Protocol implementation. HRMMU officers were invited by the organiser NGO "Ukraine without Torture". The discussion was attended by 16 representatives of NGOs comprising National Preventive Mechanism. HRMMU shared its key findings pertaining to torture and ill-treatment, including the obstacles in investigation of these cases. HRMMU also shared key highlights from the round table on Istanbul Protocol organised for the representatives of the State institutions in September 2016.

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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

On 29 April, UN Volunteers supported Ukraine’s biggest gathering of eco-volunteers “ЧистоFest” to clean up various locations across the country and raise environmental awareness. Participants of Kyiv’s clean-up also learned about SDGs through an interactive quest presented by 17 volunteers, which was prepared by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and UN Youth Advisory Panel. The event is annually organized by “Let’s do it, Ukraine”, a member of the worldwide movement “Let’s do it, World” which has mobilized over 16 million eco-volunteers globally.

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

Media representatives, civil society activists and gender equality advocates from conflict-affected communities in eastern Ukraine explored gender roles, behaviours and biases and acquired knowledge and tools for gender-sensitive media reporting through the interactive Forum Theatre. The workshops were organized in Kramatorsk and Severodonetsk on 1-2 April, as a part of the framework of the UN Women-UNDP joint programme on Restoration of Governance and Reconciliation in crisis-affected communities in Ukraine, funded by the European Union. 

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UN Model AT Kyiv Mohyla Academy

On 1-2 April 2017, students of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and other Universities from all over Ukraine participated in the UN Model where they represented diplomatic interests of different countries and had a chance to simulate the work of different Committees and organs of the United Nations. The UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker empasized that the role of young people in achieving better future of the whole world is crucial: 'You are the future leaders of the country and this conference is a great training ground for you. Developing diplomatic skills will help you prepare for leadership in the future'.

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Information campaigns

European Immunization Week 2017 in Ukraine 

Ukraine is the first among the top 10 countries of WHO European Region with the lowest vaccination coverage.  To achieve better coverage and close immunization gaps, WHO and partners provide ongoing support to Ukrainian government and health authorities in order to improve immunization planning, raise awareness on vaccines safety among parents and health workers, and ensure access to immunization services for all population.




On 9-13 April 2017, United Nations in Ukraine participated in Baltic University Programme's spring student conference in Kyiv which involved 30 students from Baltic countries and Ukraine.

The goal of the Conference is to contribute to the implementation of the Agenda 2030 in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) by means of increasing awareness, clarification of the vision of Sustainable Development Goals for the Region, strengthening networking and partnership, and building competences for peace-keeping and sustainable development in the Region.


Books for Sustainable Development

"In April 2017, UNO Kyiv held a social media campaign “Books for Sustainable Development”, jointly with the Yakaboo, the largest books online store in Ukraine. The aim of the campaign is to popularize reading and spreading ideas that lead to a more sustainable behaviors. Friends of the UN Ukraine web-page have an opportunity to win one of the three books each month.

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Upcoming events

18198990 1522591027761899 641653572168564017 nInsider mediation educational course will take place in Sychyno village, Kharkiv oblast on May 15. More   information is here



  18268368 1515384051819065 7981316598548901327 n 'Daddy, read for me' event will take place in Kyiv, 18-20 May. More information is here  

18010817 1504678152886520 9055798115390842282 n The Global Legislative Openness Conference will take place in Kyiv on May 19 and 20. Check the agenda of the conference here: http://www.openparlconference.org/

  18301212 10155361413640820 6484876532881122574 nThe Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism (RAF) Fellowship is an opportunity for young journalists from countries with developing economies and economies in transition to cover the United Nations. Hosted every fall at UN headquarters, the programme brings a select group of journalists to New York for the opening of the General Assembly.More information  


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New Publications

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Download the new shadow report on the status of implementation of recommendations made to Ukraine under the universal periodic review. 

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Download new UNDP report on Developing civil society in Ukraine. 

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Download new UNDP report on human rights 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, 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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