13 April 2007, KYIV. A consultative meeting with several leading democratic civil society and non-governmental organizations was held at United Nations House in Kyiv today, to review the current situation in country and identify further efforts needed for consolidating democracy.

Natalia, a young Ukrainian woman, has been injecting drugs for the last five years. Injecting drug use is a serious problem in Ukraine and is further compounded by high HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs. In Kiev for example the Ukrainian Ministry of Health estimated that in 2006, 49% of people who were injecting drugs in the capital were also infected with HIV.

A new UN-backed programme entitled “HIV/AIDS incidence reduction among young people in Southern and selected Eastern regions of Ukraine” has started its operations. The programme was launched in mid-March this year. It is financed by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and is implemented jointly by the three UN-agencies: UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

4 April 2007. Kyiv, Ukraine. The UN General Assembly has declared April 4 to be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Numerous events are organized worldwide to raise awareness about landmines, explosive remnants of war, and progress toward their eradication.

The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Ukraine, Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell has called on Ukraine’s political leadership, legislative authority and judiciary and all political factions, to continue to adhere to the following principles in overcoming current political tensions.

On 19-23 March, 2007 the UNESCO-supported Regional Training on Advanced FOSS Solutions to Learning Management Systems has been organized and conducted by a team of UNDP-led project “Strengthening Educational Capacity of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University” at the Regional Academy of Informational Technology in Education located within the University.

22 March 2007. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

Donetsk, March 21, 2007. On 20-21 March 2007 members of the UN Country Team in Ukraine – UN Resident Coordinator Francis M. O’DONNELL and Head of WHO Country Office Mr. Igor POKANEVICH visited Donetsk, joined by Ms. Severine DEBOOS, ILO Programme Coordinator in Central and Eastern Europe.

On 21-23 March Kyiv hosts the 2nd National Conference on Drugs Related Harm Reduction. On the eve of this important event, a UNDP-led project “Governance of HIV/AIDS in Ukraine” has published a specialised book ‘Coming Back to Life: substitution therapy with the eyes of experts and former intravenous drug users’.

Donetsk, 20 March, 2007 The UN Global Compact (GC) regional launch was conducted on Tuesday in Donetsk to invite Donetsk companies and agencies in voluntarily implementing the UN’s “ten commandments” of corporate social responsibility (CSR). This event was supported by the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce, local authorities and System Capital Management representing the company that already has become GC member.

On March 12-14, 2007 UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Francis M. O’DONNELL visited Odesa along with Deputy Resident Representative of UN Development Programme Mrs. Joanna KAZANA-WISNIOWIECKA and Head of International Organization for Migration Mission Mr. Jeff LABOVITS.

March 8, 2007. This year the International Women’s Day is observed all over the world with a call to take action in ending impunity for violence against women and girls.

27 February 2007. Kyiv, Ukraine. The Second Annual Donor Conference was organized by the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UK Department for International Development (DFID).


VIENNA, 23 February (UN Information Service) -- The European Commission and Environment Ministers from all 16 countries sharing the Danube River Basin and Black Sea region today adopted a new Declaration on the Enhancement of Cooperation during a High-Level Meeting in Bucharest, Romania.

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