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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ukraine. Newsletter, June 2018
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Three years ago, world leaders adopted the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with seventeen Sustainable Development Goals at its heart. The Agenda is our shared plan to transform the world in fifteen years and, crucially, to build lives of dignity for all.

In this Newsletter, we would like to share with you some recent news regarding SDGs implementation in Ukraine, interesting reports, publications and upcoming events.

We welcome you to share your story in the next issue of the SDG Ukraine Newsletter and on the website sdg.org.ua.

Achievement of all SDGs requires local action

Dnipro and Volyn regions present their commitments to adapt SDGs at regional level

Sustainable future for Ukraine depends upon each and every Ukrainian region’s actions and cooperation. In April 2018, Dnipro and Volyn oblasts have demonstrated its commitment to implement the Global Goals by developing their regional reports. The reports show the results of the adaptation of the SDGs national targets and indicators for Dnipro and Volyn oblasts, based on the regional context and priorities, which provide the baseline for the regions to develop as per the sustainable development principles and contribute to the Global Goals achievement in Ukraine by 2030.



Regional report 'SDGs: Dnipro 2030'               Regional report 'SDGs: Volyn 2030'  

Winners of the media competition 'Publication for changes. Ukraine on the path to sustainable development' were awarded in Kyiv 

In February 2018, the United Nations in Ukraine together with partners awarded the winners of the media competition 2017 «Publications for changes. Ukraine on the path to sustainable development».The winners were selected among more than 100 participants. 

'The Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved, when every resident of this country and the world will realize their responsibility for their future and the future of others. For the largest possible number of people to learn about sustainable development, the UN calls on the media to inform the society about SDGs and raise awareness about existing problems and possible ways of their solution.'- said Dr. Thomas Lothar Weiss, Head of IOM in Ukraine, Head of the UN Communication and Advocacy Group in Ukraine. 


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Ukrainian delegation learned best practices of SDGs implementation in Sweden

Sweden has committed to be a leader in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda – both nationally and globally.

In May 2018, Swedish colleagues from different governmenal agencies and NGOs shared their innovative experience and best practices with Ukrainian delegation - representatives of the Association of Energy Efficiency of Cities of Ukraine, amalgamated territorial communities, as well as government officials - who went on a study visit in Stockholm. The study tour was organized by UNDP in Ukraine and SKL International.



More information about the approaches Sweden takes for the achievement of SDGs

Impressions from the study tour by Alla Dubrovyk-Rokhova, The Day Newspaper (Ukrainian language)

Data for SDGs Conference was held in Kyiv 

United Nations in Ukraine supports Ukraine in both implementing the SDGs, and monitoring & evaluating the progress of their achievement.

In May 2018, within the Data for SDGs Conference, organized by UNDP Ukraine with support from GIZ, the issues of SDGs global and national reporting, methods of the data collection, SDGs monitoring and evaluation specificity were in focus of the discussion with the representatives of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, NGOs and international organizations, donors and other stakeholders



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Global News

Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals report was released

June 2018 - The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 reviewed progress made towards the 17 Goals in the third year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report is based on the latest available data and highlights both gains and challenges as the international community moves towards full realization of the ambitions and principles espoused in the 2030 Agenda.


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Visibility materials and Ukrainian language SDG translation guide

We welcome all to use a set of SDG visibility materials in Ukrainian language, as well as to consult the translation guide should you have a need to prepare a document or a news piece regarding Agenda 2030 or Sustainable Development Goals. Full text of the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/1 'Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development', updated visibility items, branding guidelines and SDG Ukraine website are conveniently stored at the UN in Ukraine public Trello board.




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News of UN Agencies

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In order to call on Ukrainians to see the reality in which children begging in the streets are living, IOM and the international media arts competition Kyiv Lights Festival joined their efforts. From 18th to 20th May, a thematic art installation was displayed in the heart of Kyiv, on Mykhailivska square. IOM Ukraine’s counter-trafficking programme and this particular initiative contribute to Goal 16, global target 2: “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children”. More information

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

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Fast Track Cities Ukraine: UNAIDS calls on large Ukrainian cities to join campaign aimed to fight HIV/AIDS. Kyiv and Odessa cities have already joined the movement. The initiative is aimed at achieving 90:90:90 targets by 2020 – 90% of people living with HIV knowing their status, 90% of people who are diagnosed HIV positive placed on HIV treatment, and 90% of people on HIV treatment achieving viral suppression. Recently, report on progress of the initiative in Kyiv was released. 

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A web-checker for inclusive polisy-making. Anna Mysyshyn and her Lviv-based team introduced an innovative web-checker to make e-democracy tools accessible to everybody. In October 2017, Institute of Innovative Governance, an NGO co-founded by Ania, applied for the UNDP’s #UInn challenge, and won in the Technological Innovations Category. The team introduced an innovative web-checker to make e-democracy tools accessible to persons with visual impairments and reduce inequalities in Ukraine by achieving SDG 10. More information

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“Ukrainian Pact for Youth: 2020” is a joint innovative initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Center for Corporate Social Responsibility and UNFPA Ukraine that joins efforts of business, government and educational sector to create  partnerships between business and education and to provide 10,000 first employment and internship opportunities for young people in Ukraine by 2020. The initiative is being implemented in all regions of Ukraine by the national NGO “Center of Corporate Social Responsibility” with technical and financial support from UNFPA Ukraine. More information

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

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UNHCR builds on the commitment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no-one behind, and on the Sustainable Development Goals to promote the inclusion of refugees, the internally displaced and stateless people in National Development Frameworks. UNHCR strengths and diversifies partnerships to bring together a broad range of actors – including the private sector – to innovate, create and mobilize solutions for forced displacement and statelessness. More information

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UNICEF has invited 1,300 teachers from across Ukraine to join the World’s Largest Lesson project and lead a second wave of lessons about the SDGs in schools. In collaboration with the EdEra, UNICEF is developing a special learning resource platform for online education (ed-era.com/world2030) with new lessons plans and videos about the Global Goals. In 2017, over 25,000 Ukrainian children learnt about the Global Goals in the framework of this global initiative supported by UNICEF. More information

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United Nations Volunteers

On 17-18 May, the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme shared international experience with volunteer schemes at a nationwide conference of volunteer practitioners, held in Cherkasy with support of Ukraine’s Ministry of Youth and Sport. Over 50 participants from across Ukraine learned about ways the United Nations and the European Union engage young people to support their skills development and contribute to solutions of development and humanitarian challenges. Participants were also introduced to the Young Person’s Guide to ‘Changing the World’, which uses volunteerism to advance SDGs.

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UN Women

UN Women in Ukraine is advocating for including SDG 5 to national/regional/local policy-making and planning as well as raising awareness on gender equality and women empowerement in Ukraine. In February 2018 UN Women, Positive Women, UNAIDS, Ombudsperson, government agencies and other 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.

Mass Media

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SDGs Media Awards 2018

The United Nations system in Ukraine, including FAO, IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women together with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade invite journalists working in national and regional media in Ukraine, as well as students of journalism, bloggers and freelancers, to take part in a journalistic contest which will gather and award best material on achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine.More information


City Day Quests on SDGs

United Nations supported SDG quests in 24 cities of Ukraine to promote SDGs within City Days. The pilot quest was held in Sievierodonetsk on May 28. 6 teams of 27 people competed with each other to solve the tasks of each 17 quest station and receive a prize. Specific attention was paid to gender equality and women empowerement with the support of UN Women in Ukraine. More information

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As a part of the World’s Largest Lesson project in Ukraine, this activity motivates children to take an active role in achieving this Global Agenda. DEADLINE for submission of a vide - June 30, 2018. 10 winning teams will be invited to Kyiv to participate in the education event about Global Goals in September 2018. Submit your video!

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Spread your SDG Wings

The UN SDG Action Campaign and media company Weischer Media have launched  the Spread Your Goals campaign, combining Augmented Reality, outdoors, cinema, mobile, and social media. By using the mobile app Shazam’s new AR feature, everybody can learn about the SDGs and spread their wings to advocate for sustainable development. Join the campaign!


New Publications

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Guidance “The Business Role Enhancement in the Process of SDGs Implementation in Ukraine”

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National monitoring system report on the situation of Internally displaced persons

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How can Parliamentary Committees be made more effective?

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Handbook "Parliament's role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals"

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Young person’s guide “Changing the World” (2017)

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UCLG explains why all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda matter to local governments in a new guide for local leaders.

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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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