On 21 January 2015 Neal Walker was designated a Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine.
The United Nations System in Ukraine consists of 16 funds, programmes, and specialized agencies: the IAEA, IFC, ILO, IMF, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNOCHA, UNODC, UNV, UN Women, WFP, WHO, and the World Bank. Each works according to a specific mandate while ensuring a coherent and strategic focus that includes technical assistance for human development and humanitarian support to those in need, built on a foundation of respect and promotion of human rights. Mr. Walker reiterated United Nations commitment to support the Government and the people of Ukraine in the critical and challenging times facing the country.
In addition to his role as the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Walker is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, guiding UNDP work in Ukraine. The main goal of UNDP is to support Ukraine on its sustainable development path towards a more prosperous, democratic, inclusive and resilient state where no one is left behind and each voice is heard.
"The United Nations in Ukraine is an impartial organisation that brings knowledge as well as operational and technical experience to help the Ukrainian Government respond both to the difficult situation in the East as well as to the ongoing reform processes in Ukraine. All UN agencies in Ukraine are united by a collective vision and approach: to help Government better meet the needs of all citizens, today and into the future.” - said Mr. Walker while presenting his credential in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Walker brings 24 years of senior-level experience working with the United Nations. Prior to his new post in Ukraine he served as the UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Bangladesh (2011 – 2014) and in the Kyrgyz Republic (2006 – 2011). Mr. Walker has held other positions in both UNDP and in the Organization of American States. Mr. Walker has a degree in political science and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.