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Merry Christmas and happy new year Ukraine!

United Nations in Ukraine is happy to express our warmest holiday wishes for the people of Ukraine. It has been an honour to work this year with and for Ukrainian people to achieve peace, justice and democratic governance in Ukraine. 

In 2017 United Nations celebrated its 25th anniversary in Ukraine and signed the Government of Ukraine – United Nations Partnership Framework for 2018-2022 with an estimated budget of USD 675 million to support Ukraine in achieving sustainable economic growth, environment and employment; provide equatable access to quality and inclusive services and social protection; support democratic governance, rule of law and civic participation; provide human security, social cohesion and recovery with a particular focus on Eastern Ukraine.

May year 2018 bring happiness, peace and prosperity in Ukraine. We wish all Ukrainian people warm and wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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Humanitarian response plan has been launched

2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) Launch: On 4 December in Kyiv, the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) together with the Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs launched the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Ukraine. On 7 December in Geneva, the HC together with the Ukrainian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and the representatives of Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency and Save the Children briefed the UN Member States and partners on humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine as part of the launch of the HRP for 2018. Of the 4.4 million people affected by the conflict, some 3.4 million people require humanitarian assistance and protection. Of those in need, 2.3 million civilians are considered most vulnerable and targeted by the HRP. The 2018 HRP appeals for US$187 million out of which US$137 million is of urgent priority for immediate and critical assistance. The decrease in the size of the appeal for 2018 compared to 2017 ($204 million) is not due to the needs decreasing, but because of the strict prioritization of the projects included in the plan.

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16 days campaign against gender-based violence was held on 16 cities of Ukraine

United Nations agencies, funds and programs in Ukraine together with 75 partners conducted more than 200 events in Ukraine during November 24- December 10 in order to raise awareness of the problem and encourage Ukrainians to eliminate gender-based violence in the country.

The 16-day campaign included workshops and discussions with experts in educational institutions and public places, media briefings, photo exhibitions, radio and TV programs  all over Ukraine. The key element of the all-Ukrainian campaign is "Flash mob of the cities", during which the Monument of Independence in Kyiv and prominent architectural objects were highlighted in orange in 16 cities all over Ukraine. Hundreds of participants on Independence Square and in other Ukrainian cities opened orange umbrellas as a symbol of fight with the violence against women and girls. More information



People we work for

Oleksandr Dovzhenko, 53, from Donetsk, turned to the Spilnokosht crowdfunding platform to raise money for his business: creating traditional hand-made carpets and tapestries. 

Due to the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine, Oleksandr was forced to leave his native city and move to the town of Reshetylivka in Poltava Oblast. There, he took over co-ownership of the Solomiya folk art workshop – the only maker of large-size carpets in Ukraine for the past 12 years. Today, together with the workshop’s founder Serhiy Kolinchenko, Oleksandr is developing the business and wants to bring traditional carpet weaving to a new level in Ukraine.

Without state support and with a shortage of skilled personnel, this type of folk craft is under threat and slowly disappearing. Oleksandr decided to start a project called "Preserve Traditions – Create the Future" to keep the craft alive. To finance it, he appealed directly to the public and was supported with crowdfunding efforts.

undp november This project is a result of the Crowdfunding Academy for entrepreneurs affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which opened its doors in February 2017 in Kyiv, with the support of the British Embassy in Ukraine. Internally displaced people and residents of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts graduated from the academy have launched crowdfunding campaigns with the continued support of UNDP. More information


NEWS FROM UN Agencies, funds and programmes

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Food Agricultural Organization (FAO)

FAO organized a conference aimed to strengthen the institutional processes behind school food and nutrition programmes and policies in Ukraine, in line with the country’s commitment to improving public health and nutrition.Analysis conducted by a current FAO project, funded by Norway, shows that Ukraine does not have a comprehensive national framework for a sustainable and universal school food and nutrition programme that would provide meals in schools using locally produced foods and meeting specific nutritional requirements. The conference concluded with a roadmap for improving the school food and nutrition system in Ukraine, including concrete proposals for cooperation.

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International Labour Organization (ILO)

On 4 December ILO conducted the final meeting of the Sida-funded project on Addressing HIV Stigma and Discrimination to Protect Women and Men Workers from Unacceptable Forms of Work in Ukraine. The objective was to to present project results, discuss follow-up and validate project recommendations. The participants included Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, State Labour Service of Ukraine, employers’ and workers’ organizations, Ambassador of Sweden to Ukraine, GIZ, UNAIDS.  

The project strengthened capacity of workers in health, railway and maritime sectors and State Labour Service in addressing HIV stigma and discrimination, implementing HIV workplace programmes and scaling up access to voluntary counseling and testing for HIV. 685 women and men workers directly benefited from the project. As a follow up 30,000 + working people, family members and students raised their awareness on HIV and more than 2,000 received HIV voluntary counseling and testing services.


International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Children in conflict with law and juvenile probation officers, a police investigator, residents of a Kyiv region village, and Government representatives were among the recipients of the Seventh Combating Human Trafficking Awards, honoured at a ceremony held in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration Agency. “Today we honour the heroes who contribute to fight trafficking, who have shown determination, bravery and courage, and who inspire us in standing up against this most horrendous expression of modern day-slavery,” said IOM Ukraine Chief of Mission, Dr. Thomas Lothar Weiss. More information

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 A mobile office for legal aid was opened at the Novotroitske checkpoint in Donetsk Oblast to meet the increasing need to support people living in the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine. In average, more than 7,000 people cross every day at the Novotroitske checkpoint, a large majority of whom are vulnerable people. The office will provide legal counseling to more than 600 people a month crossing the contact line at this checkpoint.  

“People  don’t have the right identification documents to claim their pensions or health benefits, register their newborn, or just renew their passport outside of the non-government-controlled area. While the shelling continues they put their lives at risk on a daily basis”, noted UNDP Ukraine Country Director Janthomas Hiemstra. The mobile office was installed and equipped by UNDP, with financial support from the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in cooperation with the government of Ukraine. More information


United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

On 15 December, UNFPA in Ukraine and Football Club "Shakhtar" signed a partnership aimed at joint cooperation to promote healthy lifestyle and equality among women and men in Ukraine. Cooperation with Shakhtar will begin in 2018 and will include joint information campaigns on equal rights for men and women, good health, support of youth and fighting gender-based violence. More information

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

As a part of global #IBelong campaign that aims to end statelessness, the UN Refugee Agency in Ukraine supported the Roma Pride event in Kyiv. The celebration was co-organized with OSCE, Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, and the International Roma Women Charitable Fund Chiricli. The event got together representatives of Roma communities, NGO partners, as well as the state and international agencies that deal with the issue of statelessness in Ukraine.

The #IBelong campaign was launched in 2014 with the ambition of wiping out statelessness by 2024.

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UNICEF jointly with Ministry of Health and National Immunology Association have organized national conference on measles response. Partners have reviewed progress on immunisation efforts achieved during 2016, and main challenges in gaining high vaccination coverage against measles. As of October 2017, only 78% of children aged under 6 received measles vaccines according to the schedule. More information

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

SHE Congress united about 500 women and men to talk about diversity and women’s empowerment in Ukraine. There, Anastasia Divinskaya, Head of UN Women Ukraine shared her perspective on the types of violence women and girls experience in their lifetime, the root causes of gender-based violence and the impact of taking action to end violence against women and girls. Participants of the event joined the global flash mob for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign and said "No" to violence against women.

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World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP began its operations in August 2014. To date, WFP provided in-kind food assistance and cash-based transfers to 1,043,000 individuals among the most vulnerable and food insecure people. Between January and November 2017, WFP and its cooperating partners assisted approximately 254,000 people with in-kind and CBT entitlements. Over November – December 2017, with the available resources and prioritized targeting criteria, WFP plans to reach 54,000 food insecure people with multiple rounds of in-kind and CBT assistance in both government-and non-government controlled areas (GCA and NGCA, respectively).  WFP’s support to people living with HIV/AIDS is ongoing in GCA aiming to increase their adherence to antiretroviral therapy and prevention. WFP is reaching some 6,500 people with food assistance via e-vouchers. WFP prioritizes the following categories for general food assistance in 2017: elderly people not staying with their relatives, women-headed households with more than two children, chronically ill people (people living with Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS or cancer), people living with a disability, and unaccompanied minors.

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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

On December 2, UN Volunteers programme, in partnership with America House, Windows of America network and civil society organizations, marked the International Volunteer Day through Volunteer Fests in Kyiv and over 20 other cities of Ukraine. The events - launched in Kyiv by UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Neal Walker, and representatives of US embassy, Ministry of Youth and Sports, civil society, and youth - continued with discussions, fairs, movie screenings, and contests to promote the rich culture of volunteerism and acknowledge volunteers as powerful catalysts for change. Visitors could also learn about Sustainable Development Goals and ways to realize them through volunteering, by using new guide “Youth Guide: Changing the World through SDGs”, developed by UNV and AIESEC. 


UN in Severodonetsk

Representatives of UN agencies, funds and programs in Ukraine which work in the eastern Ukraine met with 70 residents of Severodonetsk. This was the second meeting with local residents (the first one was held in Kramatorsk) which is aimed at communicating the work of United Nations in the eastern Ukraine. The event was open to all residents, from students to pensioners, and the list of questions which were discussed was very wide. More information.


World Largest Lesson

UNICEF, UN in Ukraine and United Nations Youth Advisory Panel held a training session on “World`s Largest Lesson” in Kyiv for 70 young leaders from different regions from across the country who are passionate about teaching SDGs in schools within the fra. During the training, volunteers had a chance to participate in lessons on “Sustainable Global Goals’ and “How to Make Every Day World Children’s Day”. Children also discussed the most efficient educational methods and received training material to prepare their lessons.


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Human rights marathon

Together with Ukr.Life TV United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission and United Nations in Ukraine held a marathon on human rights to observe the Human Rights Day. 30 speakers from the UN, international organizations and NGOs spoke about the rights of women, IDPs and refugees, people with disabilities and prisoners. Special aattention was paid to human rights in the East of Ukraine and Crimea.



New Publications

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 National monitoring system report on the situation of internally displaced persons in Ukraine

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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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