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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will pay an official visit to Ukraine on 9 July 2017

The UN Secretary General will meet with Ukrainian leadership during his trip to Ukraine. 

Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, the Secretary-General is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder and a promoter of reform and innovation.

António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.

Learn more about António Guterres from his biography.


OCHA1Situation In the east of Ukraine

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) informs that the number of security incidents has slightly decreased, following the recent ceasefire agreed in Minsk to allow safe harvesting from 24 June. However, civilian casualties continue to be reported almost daily. 

The harvesting season adds additional concerns, as risk for mine-related incidents may rise during the peak of agricultural activities. Only in May and June alone, at least three mine-related incidents were recorded with five civilian casualties while the victims were working on farming/agricultural activities.

The Mine Action Sub-Cluster has indicated that more than 7,000 sq. km of areas close to the ‘contact line’ remains contaminated with mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) as direct consequences of ongoing conflict while underfunding, among other factors, puts mine action activities at risk of being discontinued. More information



People we work for 

UNWOMEM PeopleWeWorkFor

From where I stand: “I was seven-months pregnant when displaced by conflict.

Svitlana Chychyrko was displaced by conflict in eastern Ukraine when she was seven-months pregnant. She delivered her baby away from home and shortly after received news that she had cancer. With determination and support from her peers, she overcame barriers and started a support club for internally displaced women with children. She now advocates for the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in host communities.

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NEWS FROM UN Agencies, funds and programmes


Food and agriculTure organization (FAO)

FAO17 June 2017 - Workshop in Ukraine: resolving contentious trade issues through WTO Convened by FAO and Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, with participation of ministries, producer associations, agribusiness. The purpose of the workshop was to enhance understanding and improve application of the various rules, procedures and mechanisms for mediation and settlement of trade disputes available at the WTO. It also aimed to provide practical recommendations on how to organize the work within national governments in coordination with the private sector, and how to approach trading partners to overcome any difficulties arising in trade. 

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International Labour Organization (ILO)



9 June 2017 - ILO launched project to improve safety and health in the mining industry of Ukraine. In Ukraine, the mining industry is a major contributor to the economy. However, it is among the most hazardous industrial sectors which still causes a high level of severe work accidents including fatal cases, as well as occupational respiratory diseases. In March 2017, eight miners were killed and more than twenty were seriously injured in an explosion at the Stepova coal mine in Western Ukraine. The current situation requires special and urgent attention. Against this background, the ILO implements a technical assistance project to support Ukraine’s national effort to improve the safety and health conditions in mining work. The project is funded by the Government of Canada and expected to run until 31 March 2020.

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IOM1Over 100 micro-entrepreneurs representing a variety of business spheres from different regions of Ukraine gathered in Kyiv on 24 June for a BizFair – Business Fair & Forum – an event organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration Agency, and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Forum marked the 10-year anniversary of the IOM Micro-Enterprise Development Programme, which seeks to empower migrants and people in need of support.

“Over a decade, more than 5,500 people, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), conflict-affected people and trafficking survivors, have benefitted from the IOM Programme, establishing micro-enterprises or getting self-employed in the spheres of agriculture, production, construction, and services,” said Manfred Profazi, Chief of the IOM Mission in Ukraine. 

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OHCHRThe UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission (HRMMU)


A new UN report on the human rights situation in Ukraine was released on 13 June by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU).

The report analyses the impact of hostilities in the east on daily life of several million people. “The conflict in Ukraine enters its fourth year with no end in sight”, the report says. HRMMU teams documented new cases of arbitrary detention, torture, and enforced disappearance on both sides of the contact line. As usual, the report has a special section dedicated to the human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. More information


United nations development  programme (UNDP)

UNDP22 June 2017 -  Newly opened Administrative Services Center is intended to render 139 various administrative services to 120,000 people in and around Druzhkivka, Donetsk region. “From now on, the people of Druzhkivka, and among them people with disabilities, the elderly and families with children, will not have to wait long lines to get their documents ready,” said Janthomas Hiemstra, UNDP Country Director.

This project is implemented under the UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme with funding from the European Union. 

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United nations population fund (UNFPA)


23 June 2017 - In order to mark International Father’s Day, UNFPA in Ukraine organized a dancing flashmob “Daddy, dance and kids” in the Gryshko National Botanical Garden in Kyiv.  The goal of the event was to show that fathers can and want to take care of their children, and have just as much responsibility as mothers do. 

According to UNFPA statistics, only 4 percent of fathers take paternity leave. This fact emphasizes the difference between Ukraine and other European countries, where European fathers spend more time with children and are more likely to take paternity leave. More information


The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

UNHCR20 June 2017 - To commemorate World Refugee Day in Kyiv, the UN Refugee Agency hosted a photo exhibition jointly organized with the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine and “The Right to Protection” NGO. The photo project highlighted refugee’s life stories and their integration into local communities in Ukraine and in Canada. The exhibition was displayed on St. Sophia Square in Kyiv from June 20 until July 3 and then went to other cities of Ukraine. Photo project consists of two parts. The first one features refugees who live in Ukraine.

These are 20 photo stories of people who fled war, prosecution, and violence in Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and other parts of the world. They have found their “place under the sun” in Ukraine. The second part of the exhibition highlights the history of hospitality and protection of refugees in Canada. This year the country celebrates its 150th anniversary. Throughout its history, Canada generously welcomed refugees from all over the world.  More information


UNITED nations children fund (UNICEF)  


16 June 2017 - At least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water following a surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine, warned UNICEF.

The recent escalation of hostilities has damaged vital water infrastructure.

Approximately 400,000 people, which includes 104,000 children, had their drinking water cut off for four days after two filtration stations for the South Donbass Water pipeline were destroyed by shelling.


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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

UNVolunteers24, 30 June 2017 - UN Volunteers programme, in collaboration with the UN RCO, supported youth engagement in the sustainable development through two SDG quests held in Kyiv in late June. 17 young volunteers were selected and mentored by the UN Youth Advisory Council to explain each of the SDGs through interactive games and quizzes.

The outreach of the SDG quests was further supported by other activities conducted on the “Youth Day”, 24 June, under the leadership of the Kyiv Youth Centre and during the “Art for the Environment campaign” organized on 30 June by the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme and UN Ukraine.


UN Women


10 June 2017 - During her first official visit to Ukraine on 8-10 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka met with government officials, parliamentarians, donors, women's groups, internally displaced women and other women facing multiple forms of discrimination.

Her visit came at a crucial time for Ukraine when the country addresses the effects of the on-going armed conflict and implementing an ambitious national reform agenda. At her meetings, Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the need to prominently feature gender equality in all reforms and recovery and peacebuilding processes. More information


World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP30 June 2017 - Since November 2014, when WFP began its emergency operation, until the end of May 2017, WFP has been providing food assistance to 950,000 most vulnerable and food insecure people in conflict-affected regions of Donetsk and Luhansk with locally purchased monthly food entitlements and cash-based transfers.

In May 2017, WFP and its cooperating partners assisted over 40,000 conflict-affected people, giving priority to those who are estimated to be the most vulnerable: elderly people, women-headed households with more than two children, chronically ill people (people living with Tuberculosis, HIV or cancer), people living with disabilities and unaccompanied minors.

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World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO20 June 2017 - WHO and partners presented a professional smoking cessation service aimed to support Ukrainians who suffer from tobacco dependence. The newly launched service consists of a toll-free quitline 0-800-50-55-60 staffed with professional and client-oriented consultants, and the website www.stopsmoking.org.ua with readily available information on smoking cessation, as well as live chat and e-mail address for inquiries.

Recent studies show that 40.5% of Ukrainian smokers tried to quit, but only 6.7% were able to do so.

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Upcoming events and international days

  • FAO launches the project addressing food safety for Ukraine fishery products. Given the current outbreak of botulism in Ukraine the initiative will look at current fish safety and quality legislation and support development of the efficient food safety management system.
  • UNDP Business grants contest is open for IDPs and Donbas’ local residents. More informatio


11 July - World Population Day 

15 July - World Youth Skills Day 

30 July - International Day of Friendship 

30 July - World Day against Trafficking in Persons 

12 August - International Youth Day

19 August - World Humanitarian Day 


UN in numbers

The World Food Program presented a report on its work in June 2017. The organization provided various assistance to people from the East of Ukraine, including financial assistance, protracted relief (including livelihoods and logistics) and monitoring. More information 



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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