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On 3 April 2006 the United Nations in Ukraine along with the Ukrainian Mine Action Coordination Centre, the Mine Survivors Union hosted a press-conference devoted to the First International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action to be commemorated on 4 April 2006. Among the speakers were the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Mr. Francis M. O’DONNELL, Adviser of Ombudsman of Ukraine Mr. Valeriy ABLAZOV, Chairman of Mine Survivors Union Mr. Kostyantyn ANTOSCHUK, and Deputy Director of Ukrainian Mine Action Coordination Center Mr. Vitaliy SHVED.

From 6 until 31 March 2006 the United Nations House hosts a charity exhibition fair of works made by students aged from 5 to 17 of Zhytomyr “Art-Village” Studio and Art Director of the Studio, Member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine, Ms. Olena Guzenko.

KYIV, 31 March. Today the UN House has hosted the closing ceremony of the charity exhibition resulted in raising more then 6 000 UAH to support Art-therapy programme for children living with cancer.

NEW YORK, 29 March - Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a statement on the urgent need of providing poor countries with funds and technical assistance to control avian influenza.

KYIV, UKRAINE - On March 25, 2006, Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in Ukraine and UNDP Resident Representative participated in the grand opening ceremony of the international gymnastics championship “Stella Zakharova Cup”.

VIENNA, 27 March (UN Information Service) -- The development of more consistent and accurate place names, which can impact on the speed of delivery of assistance in natural disasters or humanitarian crises, will be discussed by an estimated 200 experts from around the world at a meeting in Vienna this week.

The United Nations marked World Water Day today with calls for more equitable distribution and efficient use of a scarce resource; a grim reminder that 6,000 people, mostly children, die every day from dirty water; and a message of hope for one of the planet’s poorest regions, Africa, springing from its rich potential for irrigation.

KYIV, UKRAINE - On March 20, 2006, in Kyiv, there was held a press conference devoted to the upcoming Stella Zakharova Cup. This sport event will take place on March 25-26, 2006 at the Palace of Sport in Kyiv. The international gymnastics championship will be held under the auspices of the United Nations Office in Ukraine and will be devoted to the 20th Commemoration Anniversary of Chornobyl catastrophe.

On 15 March 2006 the UN General Essambly voted overwhelmingly on a resolution setting up a new Human Rights Council aiming to strengthen the world machinery to promote and protect fundamental rights and freedoms of people.

These days the UN Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Lilia Podkopayeva, Absolute Champion of Europe, the World, and Olympic Games in gymnastics has organized a series of events devoted to advocacy of healthy lifestyle and HIV prevention among youth of Donetsk region.

KYIV, UKRAINE – On March 7, 2006 a signing ceremony on the grant contract between the Government of Japan and the community organization “Dobrobut” of the village of Pakul (Chernihiv rayon, Chernihiv oblast) was held at the Embassy of Japan in Ukraine.

On Sunday 19th March in the streets of Kiev are expected to be thousands of people running looking for the UN Treasure. The aim of the initiative is to gather Kyiv citizens of all ages, UNVs, UN Agencies, NGOs, volunteer associations, youth groups to examine the concept of Volunteerism and the great impact of Volunteerism on the achievement of MDGs and, in particular, on the one related to fight against HIV/AIDS.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day -- the role of women in decision-making -- is central to the advancement of women around the world, and to the progress of humankind as a whole.

3 March 2006 – Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Chef de Cabinet, Mark Malloch Brown, who has played a key role in United Nations reform and development efforts, was today named Deputy Secretary-General as of 1 April, when current incumbent Louise Fréchette steps down.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), invites you to attend a forum on growth, productivity and development in Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

KYIV, UKRAINE - On February 23, a press conference on the upcoming Stella Zakharova Cup, dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Catastrophe, was held at the Arena City Conference Hall in Kyiv. The Cup is to take place in late March 2006 under the auspices of the United Nations and is aimed to attract public attention to the Chornobyl related issues and to promote healthy life style through sport in Chornobyl affected areas in Ukraine.

On March 23-26, 2006, the Fifth jubilee international rhythmic gymnastics tournament for the “Cup of the Olympic champion Stella Zakharova” will take place at the Palace of Sport in Kyiv. The competition will be held under the aegis of the United Nations and will be dedicated to the 20th Commemoration Anniversary of Chornobyl Catastrophe.

Today the UN System Senior Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza Dr. David NABARRO met with the President of Ukraine Viktor YUSHCHENKO to discuss the threat of Avian Influenza pandemic in the country.

On February 14-15, 2005 Dr. David NABARRO, Designated Representative of the UN Secretary-General, UN System Senior Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza will pay an official visit to Ukraine to discuss with the President of Ukraine and other senior officials the threat of Avian Influenza (AI) pandemic and to offer coordinated international assistance in ensuring preparedness for possible AI epidemic in the country.

A National Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm will take place in Kyiv February 15 – through February 17, 2006. This conference is organized by the United Nations Development Programme, World Health Organization Country Office in Ukraine, International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, Open Society Institute (New York), Renaissance Foundation and other related organizations.