On 4 October 2014, Mr. Neal Walker assumed his duties as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine.
On 21 January 2015, Mr. Walker was also designated a Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine.
The United Nations System in Ukraine consists of 17 funds, programmes, and specialized agencies: the IAEA, IFC, ILO, IMF, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNOCHA, UNODC, UNV, UN Women, WFP, WHO, World Bank. Each works according to a specific mandate while ensuring a coherent and strategic focus that includes technical assistance for human development and humanitarian support to those in need, built on a foundation of respect and promotion of human rights. Mr. Walker reiterated United Nations commitment to support the Government and the people of Ukraine in the critical and challenging times facing the country.
In addition to his role as the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Walker is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, guiding UNDP work in Ukraine. The main goal of UNDP is to support Ukraine on its sustainable development path towards a more prosperous, democratic, inclusive and resilient state where no one is left behind and each voice is heard.
"The United Nations in Ukraine is an impartial organisation that brings knowledge as well as operational and technical experience to help the Ukrainian Government respond both to the difficult situation in the East as well as to the ongoing reform processes in Ukraine. All UN agencies in Ukraine are united by a collective vision and approach: to help Government better meet the needs of all citizens, today and into the future.” - said Mr. Walker while presenting his credential in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Walker brings 24 years of senior-level experience working with the United Nations. Prior to his new post in Ukraine he served as the UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Bangladesh (2011 – 2014) and in the Kyrgyz Republic (2006 – 2011). Mr. Walker has held other positions in both UNDP and in the Organization of American States. Mr. Walker has a degree in political science and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Op-Eds, speeches, interviews:
- Interview for the Mirror of the Week (Ukraine), Territory on the other side of the contact line is Ukraine
- Interview for the TRT World 29 March 2017, Ukraine conflict rages on in silence
- Opinion piece for the Kyiv Post (Ukraine) 3 April 2017, “Neal Walker: Can health care reform succeed in Ukraine?”
Mr Neal Walker
UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator,
UNDP Resident Representative
1 Klovsky Uzviz
Kyiv 01021, Ukraine
Tel.: +38044 253 9363
Fax: +38044 253 2607