On 14 February 2007 the Workshop on Aid Coordination and Paris Declaration was jointly organized by the United Nations Office in Ukraine and Ministry of Economy of Ukraine. The workshop was aimed at presenting the Paris Declaration and its implications, focusing on the opportunities and implications when Ukrainian Government signs up, discussion of responsibilities of donors emanating from the Paris Declaration, and assessing the status of Ukraine in terms of aid coordination.

New York, 14 February 2007—At a ceremony today at United Nations headquarters, the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, Maria Sharapova, was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). At the same time, Sharapova announced a donation of $100,000 to UNDP Chernobyl-recovery projects.

Kyiv, 13 February 2007 – As the threat of bird flu once again confronts Europe and Central Asia, an International Symposium on how governments can better manage emergency health situations has started in the capital of Ukraine. For three days Ukrainian and Moldovan high level government officials will discuss the organization and implementation of crisis communication campaigns in the context of a possible Avian Influenza pandemic.

The agreement was signed by His Excellency Ambassador Donal HAMILL, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ireland to Ukraine, and Mr. Francis M. O’DONNELL, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine. Mr Tymofiy MOTRENKO, Chairman of Main Department of Civil Service of Ukraine, attended the ceremony representing the Ukrainian Government.

To commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17th) and the First Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006), the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of Public Information and the United Nations Postal Administration is pleased to announce

Nairobi, 6 February 2007The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reinforced the bond between fighting poverty and protecting the environment today by launching the joint Poverty and Environment Facility in Nairobi during the 24th session of the UNEP Governing Council.

UNITED NATIONS, 1 February 2007—Today,Kori Udovicki assumes her responsibilities as an Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Over 21-31 January 2007 the Government of Ukraine hosted the fact-finding mission by Mr. Okechukwu IBEANU, the UN Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights. The mission was conducted in close cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations Country Team in Ukraine.

What: The UN Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights Mr. Okechukwu IBEANU pays a visit to Ukraine on 22-30 January, 2007. Following the invitation of the Government of Ukraine, Mr. Ibeanu will meet with the representatives of the respective ministries and civil society organizations to discuss the state of affairs in Ukraine with the transboundary movement and dumping of dangerous products and their effects on human rights. The press-conference on the results of this visit will be held on January 30.

2 January, 2007. Former Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon took over formally as United Nations Secretary-General.

Spain to contribute 528 million for gender equality, democratic governance,youth employment, environment and other priorities

The Secretary-General message on the united nations day for south-south cooperation New York, 19 December 2006

In 2000, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 18th of December as International Migrants Day taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. Some 191 million people today reside outside the country of their birth or nationality. Whilst for many their journey has been a positive experience, exploitation and discrimination against many migrants is continuing.

Sworn in on 14 December 2006 as the eighth and next United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon pledged that his first goal would be to restore trust in the world body, saying he would lead by example to uphold the highest levels of efficiency, competence and integrity.

14 December, 2006. The Blue Ribbon Commission for Ukraine presented its latest report “ The State and the Citizen: Delivering on Promises” to the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) to facilitate cooperation between the legislature and eminent experts in provision of analytical support in the implementation of priority social and economic reforms.

14 December 2006 – Standing and applauding, the 192-member United Nations General Assembly today paid a thunderous and prolonged tribute to Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the end of his 10-year tenure before swearing in his successor Ban Ki-moon, who takes over as the world’s top diplomat on 1 January.

Kyiv, 13 December 2006 – The Carpathian Convention’s seven member Governments have adopted a wide-ranging programme of work containing immediate measures for promoting environment-friendly tourism and a regional network of protected areas.

Lviv, 12 December, 2006 The Global Compact (GC) first regional launch was conducted today in Lviv to introduce this initiative to the local enterprises and to promote the successful examples of the corporate social responsibility practicing in Ukraine and worldwide.

Kyiv, 12 December 2006. Fighting the poverty problem should be the main task of the Government in Ukraine, stated the participants of the Forum “Fighting Poverty: a Matter of Human Rights”. The Forum was organized jointly by the UN Office in Ukraine and the International Tolerance Centre on occasion of the Human Rights Day, observed by the international community every year on 10 December.

Kyiv, 11 December 2006 – The seven member governments of the Carpathian Convention will meet in Kiev for a three-day conference on protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the mountainous areas of Central and Eastern Europe.