24 October 2006. Kyiv,Ukraine. The members of the UN Country Team in Ukraine met the Chairman of the Parliament and the Minister of Foreing Affairs and talked to media on UN-Ukraine cooperation.

On October 22-28, 2006 the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography pays a visit to Ukraine to discuss with the respective ministers and other senior officials the state of affairs with sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography in Ukraine and the ways to handle these problems.

In 1993 the UN General Assembly by resolution 47/196 designated October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The day before UNDP Millennium Development Goals Project and UN Office in Ukraine organized the press club devoted to the discussion of poverty eradication in Ukraine.

The theme for this year’s World Food Day, “Investing in agriculture for food security”, highlights the need for increased resources to fight hunger. The past two decades have seen a sharp decline in foreign assistance for agriculture. Many countries, including those most in need, have not allocated sufficient resources to farming and rural development.

On 13 October, 2006 the United Nations General Assembly appointed Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea as the world body’s next Secretary-General, to succeed Kofi Annan when he steps down on 31 December.

In accordance with AWP UKR1P201, UNFPA Ukraine has organized three days pilot seminar for the leaders of older volunteers’ movement in Vinnitsa - “Training volunteers for the work with older persons”. The event took place on 27-29 September 2006 in Vinnitsa. Related methodological and information materials were distributed among the seminar’s participants. A set of equipment – TV, DVD recorder, printer –was procured for regional volunteers’ centre of older persons to facilitate its educational and information work.

On October 10-11, 2006 the delegation of country-partners of the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme visited the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

On 5 October, 2006 Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Ukraine, and Mr. Alan Skurbaty, UN Human Rights Advisor, visited the Khodosivskiy Archaeological Complex in southern outskirts of Kyiv, following the official invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

On World Teachers’ Day 2006 we celebrate teachers and their enormous contribution to learning and social development.

On 29 September 2006 Mr. Francis m. O’donnell, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Ukraine met with the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Finance of Ukraine Mr. Mykola azarov.

The Secretary-General Message to ceremonony and International Forum commemorating the 65th anniversary of the tragedy of Babi Yar, delivered by Mr. Francis O’Donnell, UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine,on 27 September 2006.

Kyiv, 21 September 2006 – New report from Blue Ribbon Commission highlights eight high-priority reforms; calls on new Government, Parliament to make up for lost time

An article by Francis M. O’Donnell, UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine and UNDP Resident Representative, on the latest Blue Ribbon Commission Report, called “The State and the Citizen: Delivery on Promises”

On 19 September, 2006 the General Assembly formally launched the United Nations global counter-terrorism strategy with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urging the ministerial-level gathering to “seize this moment”.

The Day was established in 1981 by A/RES/36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session every September. The General Assembly in 2001 voted unanimously to fix observance of the Day on 21 September as a day of non-violence and ceasefire.

‘The State and the Citizen: Delivering on Promises’ - the 3rd Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Ukraine to be launched in Kyiv, 21 September, 200

The First Lady of Germany, Ms. Eva Luise Köehler, who is also the Patron of the UNICEF National Committee in Germany, is visiting Ukraine to familiarise herself with the assistance UNICEF is providing to Ukraine in combating the threat of HIV/AIDS.

KYIV, September 7th, 2006 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Ukraine and USAID/ Ukraine invite media representatives to participate at the Counter-Trafficking Award Ceremony, which will be held at Ivana Franka Drama Theatre.

Kyiv, September 7, 2006 – The International Finance Corporation and the World Bank released Report Doing Business 2007 stating that Ukraine has improved the ease of doing business, but more reforms are needed.

On August 16, 2006 the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS was honoured with other winners at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto for their outstanding contributions to the frontline response to HIV and AIDS.