Pokrovsk (Ukraine), April 10, 2019 - The Government of Japan has handed over two specialized utility vehicles and 20 personal protective equipment sets to the Communal company Voda Donbasa through the joint project of UNOPS and UNICEF “Sustaining Water Supply in Donbas Area”.

The project aimed to contribute to the safe working conditions for Voda Donbasa personnel, who are responsible for maintaining water supply in Donbas region. Personal safety of the personnel of the Voda Donbasa company is essential to ensuring uninterruptable water supply to all local population, basic hygiene and sanitary conditions, and overall normalization of life in the region. As a result of the project, approximately 11,000 personnel, including emergency dispatch teams of Voda Donbassa will feel more protected while maintaining access to water for almost four million residents in region.

“Since the Revolution of Dignity and the armed conflict in the Donbas region took place in 2014, Japan has been steadily supporting Ukraine, having allocated approximately USD 1.87 billion. It includes USD 47 million for the projects implemented by the UN and other international organizations in the eastern regions of Ukraine for the IDPs and the people suffered by the conflict. The UNOPS/UNICEF project “Sustaining Water Supply in Donbas Area” is one of such projects. We do hope that the utility vehicles and personal protective equipment sets provided today will be used in a most efficient way and contribute to the sustainable water supply to the local people and the normalization of life in the Donbas region, said Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine H.E. Mr.Takashi Kurai.

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“In 2018 alone, water supply in eastern Ukraine was disrupted 89 times, affecting millions of civilians, with an additional 19 incidents reported in the first three months of 2019. Armed conflict also limits access to essential repair of water systems. Over 30 water workers have been killed or injured since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, of which 3 in the last 3 months” said UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Ms. Lotta Sylwander. “Together with partners, we have been able to address some of the most essential needs, contributing to the safety of the water workers, who keep water running for the millions. UNICEF is grateful to the people of Japan for the generous assistance.

“For UNOPS it’s a great honour to expand the success of the strategic partnership established with the Government of Japan aimed at supporting Ukraine’s efforts to ensure stability and quality of life for its citizens. On behalf of UNOPS I would like to reassure the Government of Japan and of Ukraine that UNOPS will remain the reliable and efficient partner on the way to building a better future for Ukraine and its people” said Mr. Andriy Buryakovskyy, UNOPS Ukraine Office Country Manager.

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About UNOPS

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development, and organisation’s vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure and by the efficient, transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.[1]

In response to the request of the Government of Ukraine, UNOPS opened an office in Ukraine in 2017, which provides a broad spectrum of services to the Government and the people of Ukraine. Currently, its portfolio of projects exceeds USD 100 million, and covers the areas of rule of law, environment, energy efficiency, crisis recovery, good governance, human resources management, procurement, and logistics. The projects are funded by the European Union (EU), the Government of Ukraine, the Global Fund, UNHCR, USAID, the Japanese Government, and the Canadian Government. There are more than 50 people, mainly locally engaged, who support the implementation of the projects.

Respecting UNOPS’ mission and vision, the Office also contributes to the efforts of its other partners to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 development Agenda.

About UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works across 190 countries and territories to reach the children and young people who are most at risk and most in need. We work to save their lives. To protect their rights. To keep them safe from harm. To give them a childhood in which they are protected, healthy, and educated. To give them a fair chance to fulfil their potential, so that someday, they can build a better world. UNICEF is the world’s leading voice for – and with – children. In all we do, we work to engage and empower young people to have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

UNICEF opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. Over the years, UNICEF has supported the Government of Ukraine with nearly USD 130 M assistance to develop health, water and sanitation, education and protection programmes for children.

Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF works to fulfill the core commitments for children in humanitarian action, including access to education, psychosocial support, water and sanitation, mine risk education, maternal and child health and HIV and AIDS services.

The main goal of the country programme (2018-2022) is to contribute to the progressive realization of the rights of all children in Ukraine and to the reduction of equity gaps, maintaining a balance between humanitarian, recovery and development interventions, incorporating conflict-supportive programming and peace building in the framework of on-going key reforms in social sectors and decentralization.