14 September 2017, KRAMATORSK - Representatives of UN agencies, funds and programs working in Ukraine have held an open meeting with Kramatorsk residents. Its purpose was to share information about their activities and what has been achieved over the past three years in the city and the region working with cooperation and support.

The UN team in eastern Ukraine consists of eleven agencies. Although they all have different specialisms, they are united by one single goal: Securing peace, development, respect for human rights and personal dignity.

Effective cooperation with the government and local authorities is one of the most important conditions for success. Igor Stokoz, Deputy Head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration noted: "The Donetsk Regional State Administration cooperates with all 11 UN agencies on the Ukrainian side. The United Nations is responsive, helping with the restoration of homes, conducting tremendous work with the popultation and solving urgent problems that require timely attention. I want to sincerely thank those who are here and help us everyday, despite how complex the situation is."

Since the beginning of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, UN agencies have been working hard to improve the situation for the most vulnerable. In particular, they provide humanitarian, legal and psychological assistance, promote the protection of human rights and the establishment of justice, create employment opportunities, restore infrastructure and promote social cohesion.

Here are just a few of the results that have been achieved with the support of the UN in the Donetsk province in the past three years:

Food, clean water and agriculutre

  • Food assistance was provided to almost one million people.
  • Some 400,000 liters of clean drinking water were distributed to those living close to the contact line and to those waiting at crossing points.
  • Water supply systems were repaired and supplies purified to provide ongoing access to clean water to 80,000 people living along the contact line.
  • More than 27,000 small farms along the contact line received humanitarian aid such as vegetable seeds, livestock and drip irrigation systems.
  • Support was also provided to local cooperatives, and a network of agricultural advisory services has been established.

Housing and the movement of civilians

  • About a thousand people received assistance to restore destroyed housing.
  • Individual financial assistance and legal advice were provided to the most vulnerable and affected
  • Four modular containers and two winter tents were delivered to the Mayorske crossing point.
  • Additionally, all crossing points in the Donetsk province received special technical equipment to accelerate passport checks and facilitate the free movement of civilians.

Economic development and infrastructure

  • About 20,000 people received grants to create microbusinesses and workplaces. Another 20,000 underwent professional training.
  • Much social infrastructure and cultural facilities were restored - 47 educational institutions, 6 hospitals, 6 rehabilitation centers, 4 social service centers along with bridges, schools, kindergartens, libraries, cultural buildings and the like.

Pyschological and medical support; The status of women

  • Psychological assistance services to adults and children was initiated.
  • For example, 159,000 children have received psychosocial support to date. Over 175 psychologists were trained to work with psychological trauma; 415 kindergarten teachers who work in 162 child educational institutions in the Donetsk province received specialist training.
  • One hundred thousand children and adults received information materials on the danger of mines.
  • In order to empower women, increase their participation in local decision-making processes and enhance gender-based planning and budgeting, a volunerability assessment of both women and men under the conditions of decentralization was
  • 170 specialists, self-governing bodies and social service providers were trained on gender-oriented planning and budgeting.
  • 250 women and men given support and guidance as they formed 30 self-help groups; the creation of gender coordination councils in the 3 united territorial communities of the province was facilitated;
  • In order to strengthen the response to and counteract gender-based violence, an information campaign "No Excuses for Violence" was developed by nearly 450 police and other law enforcement officers, medical workers and social services staff.
  • Seven mobile social and psychological assistance brigades provided support and assistance to more than 6,000 people who suffered from gender-based violence in the Donetsk province.
  • Medical institutions in the province were equipped with incubators and cardiac monitors for newborns and infants; Gynecological chairs were adapted to the needs of women with disabilities.
  • Emergency medical and psychological help centers for women who have suffered physical or sexual violence have been established in 5 local hospitals (phone in Kramatorsk: (0624) 1-84-06).

Human rights and coordination

  • UN agencies are involved in monitoring the human rights situation: documenting violations and advocating the protection of human rights with a view to establishing justice for victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.
  • 19 quarterly and 2 specialist reports on human rights were published. Each contains recommendations to the parties to the conflict and to the international community.
  • The UN actively supports the coordination of the work of humanitarian organizations, issuing regular reviews of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, preparing Humanitarian Needs Reviews and Humanitarian Response Plans, organizing monthly coordination meetings in Kyiv, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, Severodonetsk and other cities.