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United Nations in Ukraine

United Nations &

70 years together for human dignity, peace and development

The United Nations in Ukraine works with the government and the people of Ukraine to build a culture of dignity, through understanding of and respect for human rights, towards a peaceful and transformed Ukraine


a historic year for the United Nations As the Millennium Development Goals come to a close, a new, universal development agenda is expected to be adopted at a global UN Summit in September, as well as a new climate agreement in Paris in December. The 70th Anniversary of the UN will be marked over the course of the year, culminating on 24 October, the date in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force.

Ukraine was one of the first 51 states to sign the United Nations Charter and since then, the country has consistently adhered to the purposes and principles of the Charter, substantially contributing to maintenance of international peace and security, disarmament, economic and social development, protection of human rights, and strengthening of international law. Today Ukraine is facing its most serious challenges since it achieved independence in 1991. The loss of control over parts of its territory and the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine have resulted in the deaths of thousands of people, the displacement of almost two million, the destruction of infrastructure, and the loss of substantial industrial output. The combination of the ongoing conflict and the difficult economic situation has brought further pain to Ukraine’s long-suffering people. But out of adversity comes opportunity. The new leaders took urgent and important steps to respond to the range of challenges and a sense of volunteerism swept the country. The international community is also playing a critical role in support of national efforts to build a peaceful, prosperous, strong and united Ukraine. The United Nations has responded to Ukraine’s call. Building on its increased assistance and expanded incountry presence, the United Nations stands ready to further support Ukrainian efforts in three critical priority directions: humanitarian response, including for the conflict-affected regions and for internally displaced persons; recovery, stabilization and peacebuilding; and longer-term country-wide reforms and development, including promoting the rule of law and strengthening social stability and democratic governance.

Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator UNDP Resident Representative

The common objectives of our efforts are sustainable peace, prosperity and security. The 17 UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies working in Ukraine operate in a coordinated and strategic manner, and provide policy advice, technical assistance and emergency support to those in need. There is still much to do in Ukraine to achieve sustainable human development but I believe that Ukrainians have the capacity and the will to do it. The United Nations will remain the trusted partner of the country and people of Ukraine on every step of this challenging journey.

Ukraine & THE UNITED NATIONS 70 years of cooperation


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1997 1945

Dmytro Manuilskyi, People’s The Charter entered into force, Commissar for the International UN Day Affairs of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, elected as Chairman of the First Committee, which drafted the Preamble and Purposes and Principles in the United Nations Charter.



Ukraine declares independence. Ukraine signs the Framework It maintained human rights and Convention on Climate Change full membership in the United Nations as high priorities, in part, by signing the Convention on the Right of the Child.


Hennadiy Udovenko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, elected President of the General Assembly

2015 Ukraine celebrates its 70 year partnership with the United Nations


2014 Resolution 68/262 adopted on March 27, 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly affirmed the General Assemblies commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and underscored the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum.


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The United Nations Ukraine elected to the Human acknowledges the Great Rights council (and re-elected Famine of 1932-33 on its in 2008) 70th anniversary as a national Ukraine elected to serve on tragedy for Ukraine caused by the Security Council as a non- Soviet policies. permanent member for the third time, but the first time Ukraine signs the Convention since independence. to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) The UN House opens in Kyiv to facilitate the streamlining of the UN’s partnership with Ukraine.



Ukraine ratifies United Nations Convention against Corruption, which had been adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 31 October 2003

Ukraine signs the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. General Assembly adopted Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons to urge Governments worldwide to take coordinated measures to defeat the scourge.

Political response

UN General Assembly vote on UN GA Resolution 68/262.

On 27 March 2014, UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 “Territorial Integrity of Ukraine” (passed by 100 votes to 11) reaffirmed the United Nations’ commitment to the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. A peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine remains a key priority of the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council has held more than 30 meetings on Ukraine since the outset of the conflict, while senior UN officials, including the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs have undertaken a number of visits to the country since February 2014.

The Secretary-General has repeatedly called for a peaceful, negotiated resolution to the conflict, in a manner that respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Within the framework of the Secretary-General’s Good Offices, the United Nations aims to support efforts toward this end. The Department of Political Affairs will continue to monitor developments in Ukraine and update the secretariat as appropriate. Also, as per Chapter VIII of the UN Charter, the UN supports the role of regional organization in Ukraine, including the leading role of the OSCE in peace and security efforts on the ground.​

human rights In April 2014, at the invitation of the Government of Ukraine and in response to developments in the country, the UN Secretary-General deployed a human rights monitoring team. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) monitors, documents, analyses and reports on the human rights situation in Ukraine. As the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine escalated, the HRMMU has additionally engaged in protection, advocacy and capacity building throughout the country, including in areas directly affected by the conflict. By October 2015, the HRMMU had published eleven public reports on the human rights situation in Ukraine. These document key trends across a broad range of human rights concerns including: arbitrary detention, summary executions, torture, conflict related sexual violence, freedom of movement, access to health and education, fair trial and due process, as well as issues related to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression. The HRMMU recommends measures to promote accountability and increase human rights protection. Since the escalation of the armed conflict, protection of civilians in the armed conflict has become a critical concern. The HRMMU undertakes a range of activities to minimize the impact of the armed conflict on civilians, including civilian casualty recording; advocacy efforts to strengthen protection of civilians affected by the armed conflict; and initiatives to promote respect for both international humanitarian and human rights law among all parties to the conflict, as well as accountability for violations. The HRMMU works to ensure that human rights protection is integrated into the humanitarian response, partly through its co-leadership of the Protection Cluster.

Staff member of the UN Human Rights mission talks to a woman whose house was destroyed by shelling in Donetsk region.

The HRMMU advises and assists the Government on the implementation of recommendations from the UN human rights mechanisms, as well as those made through its reports. It co-chairs the inter-agency task force on human rights, which as an initial task coordinated the UN support for the development of a national strategy on human rights (2015-2020), to be further outlined in a human rights action plan. Through partnership with a variety of partners, the HRMMU pursues a strategy to promote ‘human rights everywhere for everyone all the time’.

humanitarian response The provision of humanitarian aid requires concerted action by numerous actors. Around the world the United Nations is mandated to play a central role in inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance. In this context, following the outbreak of the crisis, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) established a presence in Ukraine. As of January 2015, OCHA has deployed staff in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Severodonetsk and is establishing field offices in Luhansk and Dnipropetrovsk. The Resident Coordinator / Humanitarian Coordinator acts as lead counterpart to the Government for coordination with the international community. The Humanitarian Coordinator, supported by OCHA, chairs the Humanitarian Country Team, the strategic body that guides the response, and leads interaction with government and non-governmental counterparts. In addition to UN organizations, the Humanitarian Country Team also includes the Red Cross Movement and local and international NGOs. As part of the coordinated aid effort, the UN agencies have been distributing various relief supplies including hygienic and education kits, food parcels and non-food items to the people affected by the conflict. Other urgent humanitarian programming includes provision of farming inputs for selfproduction of food, landmine awareness training for children, and advocacy and actions to protect civilians, IDPs, women, children, the elderly, and minorities. In February 2015, the UN and the Government launched the 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine. The plan targets 3.2 million of the most vulnerable people of the five million estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance across the country. The plan calls on the international community for USD 316 million to carry out a wide range of

Delivery of the humanitarian aid over the broken bridge in Slovyanoserbsk.

life-saving interventions including food, farming inputs and household item distribution, healthcare, psychosocial care, shelter, warm clothing, and basic education. Fundraising is continuing as the plan is being implemented. As of July 2015, donors funded or pledged to the humanitarian response plan was around US$113 million, or 36 % of the total funding needs. 192,000 people received nonfood items, shelter and cash grants. Over 207,000 medical supplies, consultations and nutritional supplements were delivered. 204,000 people received food vouchers and food rations. About 1.5 million people are provided with safe water and 72,000 individuals received hygiene kits. 55,000 children received psychosocial support. 62,000 benefitted from livelihood activities and 285,000 people received mine risk education with 163,000 education kits were distributed. Continued effort to mobilize resources is critical as low funding makes the humanitarian response unsustainable.

Recovery and peacebuilding United Nations leading international efforts to overcome the consequences of the conflict through implementing recovery and livelihood projects.


social facilities RESTORED

A total of 32 social facilities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are being restored to improve the quality of social services in the affected regions.

2, 200 IDPs

in 13 regions are supported through the livelihood initiatives

49 communities (12, 600 persons) participate in the community stabilization projects

The United Nations, together with the European Union and World Bank Group, initiated a joint assessment of recovery and peacebuilding needs in eastern Ukraine in November 2014. This assessment targeted areas under the Ukrainian Government’s control in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (i.e., Donbas region), as well three neighbouring regions: Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv. The “Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPA)” report was endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers on 5 August 2015. The RPA’s recommendations provide an initial framework for prioritizing the restoration of basic infrastructure and social services, supporting livelihoods and economic recovery, and improving community security and social cohesion amongst vulnerable groups and communities affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The UN has been collaborating with a joint inter-Ministerial working group chaired by the Ministry of Regional Development to help deliver on the key priorities identified in the RPA. In parallel, the UN has launched several projects that provide social assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), and help them and their host communities with job and small business development opportunities. Some of these projects also provide technical assistance to local government authorities in improving the delivery of social services and rehabilitating key infrastructure including schools, hospitals and public administration buildings. The UN has made significant gains in supporting the recovery of vulnerable populations. Key achievements in this regard so far include the restoration of 32 social facilities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. A joint UN - Kyiv Institute of Sociology study, recently completed, provides information on the employment needs and employability of IDPs. IDPs needs for shelter and protection are met and are supported through livelihood and community stabilization activities. Over 1,000 vulnerable households are provided with agricultural assistance. All these have further contributed to building peace, reconciliation and social cohesion with the communities that host them. Accordingly, the UN is committed to assisting the government and people of Ukraine to recover sustainably from the impact of the ongoing conflict and building a lasting peace.

Support to reforms in Ukraine Notwithstanding the conflict in eastern Ukraine, urgent and wide-ranging reforms are necessary to strengthen Ukraine’s resilience and to address the socio-economic challenges facing the country. The Government of Ukraine formed in December 2014 declared a strong commitment to implementation of reforms. Towards this end it has developed several key documents, including the 2020 Strategy, the Coalition Agreement, and the Government Action Plan. These documents outline the legislative and administrative reforms necessary in the country. The UN is offering advisory support to ensure that the process of law drafting is efficient and based on wide consultations with civil society and public experts. An Action Plan on Legislative Support to the Reform Agenda has been drafted to strengthen the law-drafting and organisational capacity of the Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. In the framework of its assistance to the Parliament and following a request from the Government of Ukraine the UN is supporting the position of the Coordinator of the Action Plan on Legislative Support to the Reform Agenda. The reform process includes decentralisation of decision making to local government and communities. In this context, the UN is advocating changes to increase the institutional capacity of municipal authorities and engage citizens in local development. The approach supported by

UN organisations is intended to empower communities, build a spirit of activism and social inclusion, and ensure that the interests of the most vulnerable community members are ensured. For this to take place, the UN is supporting measures to ensure that planning, management, monitoring and advocacy processes are genuinely consultative at all stages. The United Nations is also supporting the Government in its efforts to overcome corruption and promote transparency. Assistance is being provided for the establishment of a National Agency for Prevention of Corruption in partnership with the Ministry of Justice. Civil society is receiving support, particularly at the regional level, to address local corruption risks. The UN also chairs the donor coordination group on prevention of corruption, supports development of open data legislation, and is working on increasing the transparency of local budgets and service delivery. Agriculture is one of the key sectors of the Ukrainian economy and makes a significant contribution to the country’s social safety nets. It is one of the few sectors that has continue to perform well despite the challenges of the transitional period. Ukraine’s agriculture sector is under transformation. The United Nations is providing support and technical expertise to the government to develop a comprehensive strategy that will help to pave the way for further development in the agriculture sector and rural areas until 2020.

“I reform Ukraine” - reads the text on the t-shirt of a participant of the All-Ukrainian forum “Reforms on regional level: Planning, Implementation, Partnership” organized by the civic platform “Reanimation Package of Reforms” is and supported by the United Nations Development Programme in July 2015.

UN Agencies, Funds AND Programmes The United Nations Country Team consists of 17 agencies, funds and programmes: FAO, IAEA, IFC, ILO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNOCHA, UNODC, UNV, UN Women, WFP, WHO and the World Bank. We are united by one collective vision and approach which aims to better meet the needs of the population – including the new and more demanding humanitarian, socioeconomic, governance, security and political needs – in the short, medium and long-term.

UN Country Team met the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon on his visit to Ukraine on May 8, 2015.

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS (FAO) Who we arE Ensuring food security – making sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives – is at the heart of all of FAO’s efforts. FAO creates and shares critical information about food, agriculture and natural resources in the form of global public goods. But this is not a one-way flow. We play a connector role, by identifying and working with different partners with established expertise, and facilitating a dialogue between those who have the knowledge and those who need it. By turning knowledge into action, FAO

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts. Photo:FAO/Danfung Dennis

links the field to national, regional and global initiatives within its Strategic Framework. We facilitate partnerships for food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development between governments, development partners, civil society and the private sector. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 member nations, two associate members and one member organization. Its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in.

FAO plays an active role in the development of the Ukrainian dairy sector Photo: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

CONTACTS ADDRESS: office 115, 1, B.Hrinchenka str., Kiev 01001, Ukraine

PHONE: + 380 93 738 0730



How we help Ukraine Cooperation between Ukraine and FAO began in 2003, when the country became a member of the Organization.

The partnership has focused on supporting national capacities, sustainable development, and most recently on helping people in the conflict-affected areas. Ukraine is a net exporter of agricultural and food products, with grains being of particular importance. Thus, several different FAO projects have been concerned with the country’s crop production sector including facilitating dialogue (jointly with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development); diversifying smallscale production through promotion of high-value crops; securing affordable pre-harvest financing for farmers to produce their crop, and, on a higher level, helping lay the groundwork for a legal regulatory system for grain warehouse receipts to tackle postharvest financing issues.

For farmers in Ukraine, securing affordable pre-harvest financing for producing their crops just got easier. Photo: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

The overall objective of FAO’s assistance in the conflict-affected regions is to safeguard the food security and livelihoods of the most at-risk farming families, and prevent further economic losses. The distribution of potato seed, livestock fodder and poultry has helped several thousands to resume their agricultural activity. Looking at longer-term prospects, FAO policy experts are actively supporting the Government in the agricultural reform process, and specifically in the preparation and implementation of the strategy for agriculture from 2015 to 2020.

In Ukraine, the Organization provides technical assistance on capacity building and policy advice. FAO projects are addressing forest policy consolidation, with specific emphasis on sustainable development of natural resources and poverty alleviation in rural areas, development of aquatic genetic resources, sustainable fisheries and the conservation of marine biodiversity in the Black Sea. Further important areas of cooperation are improved FAO provided 350 households with 7,000 heads of three-weeks old chicken of capacities for the management of obsolete pesticides, support dual-purpose with chicken feed as a package in the conflict affected area to enable of agribusinesses, and promotion of sustainable agricultural and beneficiaries produce their own nutritious food products. bioenergy investments.

THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION (ILO) Who we arE The ILO is a United Nations agency for the world of work. It sets international labour standards, promotes rights at work and encourages decent employment opportunities, the enhancement of social protection and the strengthening of dialogue on work-related issues. The ILO has a unique structure, bringing governments together with representatives of employers and workers.

ILO helps Ukraine develop evidence-based policies and programmes to eliminate child labour

The ILO has 185 member States and is the oldest UN agency. It was founded in 1919, in the wake of a destructive war, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice. The ILO became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.

ILO contributes to strengthening the capacity of labour market institutions in designing and implementing integrated employment policy responses. It can provide the effective assistance needed to help young men and women make a good start in the world of work.

ILO has sensitized 10,000 female and male workers about the importance of voluntary HIV counselling and testing in Ukrainian enterprises and provided 2,000 HIV tests through its campaign (VCT@Work).

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How we help Ukraine

”PROMOTING DECENT WORK FOR ALL” Ukraine became an ILO member in 1954. The office of the ILO National Coordinator in Ukraine was established in 1996. The ILO aims at creating more and better jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection and promoting social dialogue in Ukraine.

The ILO has been assisting Ukraine in its economic and labour market transformation to market economy and in its association process with the EU. The ILO support is organized around its four strategic objectives and the Decent Work agenda. The ILO is helping Ukraine to ratify and implement international labour standards ensuring higher employment and social security conditions for working women and men. The ILO provides technical support to promote decent work and enhanced employability of the Ukrainian labour force. It has worked with its local partners to improve the quality of vocational education and training as well as to strengthen the management of labour migration through a rights-based approach. The ILO helps to improve social protection systems by strengthening the coverage and sustainability of the social security system, extending social security coverage to migrant workers and by ensuring safe and healthy workplaces.

ILO provides assistance to Ukraine in ratifying ILO and EU instruments to secure the minimum social security standards

The fourth priority of the ILO is to strengthen social dialogue institutions. Strong and independent workers’ and employers’ organizations are central to increasing productivity, avoiding disputes at work and building cohesive societies. The impact of transition has affected men and women differently. The ILO has been providing technical assistance to the government of Ukraine and its social partners to enhance gender equality by introducing and implementing national gender equality legislation.

ILO helps Ukrainian employers and workers make workplaces safer through the participatory Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) workplace programmes

ILO is actively contributing to the UN response to the Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment in Ukraine ensuring that early recovery efforts are contributing to job creation, income generation and social protection of those in need.


UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP aims to achieve the eradication of poverty, and

People with disabilities advise construction engineers how to build an accessible airport

the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

UNDP assists Ukraine’s anticorruption and transparency agenda building the capacity of civil society

UNDP supports creating new jobs and entrepreneurship among IDPs

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How we help Ukraine The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is one of the largest international development organizations on the ground, with more than 200 staff working all around Ukraine.

UNDP has been supporting Ukraine in its efforts to eliminate poverty, develop people’s capacity, promote energy-efficiency, sustain the environment, and advance democratic governance. More recently, UNDP’s focus has been on supporting Ukraine in meeting the twin challenges of recovery and peacebuilding as well as carrying out a comprehensive governance reform process. Support to Ukraine’s efforts to maintain a ‘green and clean’ environment through energy efficient practices is the third pillar of UNDP’s current programme. UNDP is now leading international efforts to address consequences of the conflict in eastern Ukraine through restoring social services; rehabilitating social and economic infrastructure; boosting economic recovery; rebuilding governance capacities in the affected areas; providing social support; generating employment and spurring entrepreneurship among internally displaced persons and local communities. UNDP assists Ukraine’s anticorruption and transparency agenda by building the capacity of civil society to address local corruption risks, and serving as the chair of the donor coordination group on corruption prevention.

UNDP helps Ukraine in restoring social services and rehabilitating social and economic infrastructure in conflictaffected areas

UNDP helps IDPs focusing on the most vulnerable

UNDP is building capacity of civil society and the Office of the Ombudsman for human rights monitoring, documenting and reporting. Likewise, UNDP promotes community-led development and is building institutional capacity of Ukrainian municipal governments to engage citizens in local development and decision-making processes. Community-based approach initiatives are being implemented all over Ukraine in more than 2 600 local communities, benefitting more than 1 million households. On the policy level, UNDP provides expert support for development of laws related to decentralization. Under the banner “Green and Clean Ukraine”, UNDP is helping Ukraine to address climate change both on the policy level through advocacy and policy advice and through practical initiatives, in particular development of the energy efficient lighting market and supporting local energy efficiency initiatives and community organizations working in the energy and environment area. Newly-launched projects in energy-efficiency in public buildings and bioenergy for the municipal sector are contributing to Ukraine energy security and independence.

The united nations population fund (unfpa) Who we arE UNFPA is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. It supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. The Fund also assists countries to collect and analyze population data that can help them understand population trends.

UNFPA works to raise awareness on population ageing and the need to integrate older persons in all aspects of life.

UNFPA works in over 150 countries of the world and throughout over 40 years of its work has provided around $6 billion of technical assistance in developing countries. UNFPA is guided in its work by the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994, and Millennium Declaration its aims include overcoming extreme poverty; ensuring universal access to reproductive health services and reducing HIV infection rates; promoting gender equality; and improving maternal health.

UNFPA works to ensure that sexual and reproductive health of young people are addressed in national and sectoral development plans and strategies.

UNFPA aims to provide increased access to and utilization of quality maternal health and family planning services for individuals and couples.

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How we help Ukraine UNFPA has worked in Ukraine since 1997. We focus on reproductive health and rights, population and development and gender equality.

UNFPA focuses on women’s empowerment and gender equality promoted through gender-sensitive policies and prevention of gender-based violence.

UNFPA’s reproductive health work in Ukraine includes promotion of healthy lifestyles and HIV prevention, particularly among youth, and gender equality. It has supported efforts to advance the policy and normative environment in reproductive health care; improve the quality and accessibility of maternal health and family planning services; strengthening linkages between reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programmes and prevent HIV infections among young people through communication activities and peer-based programmes. UNFPA works to ensure that gender issues are adequately addressed in the population and development agenda. In the area of gender equality, UNFPA is promoting gendersensitive policies and legal frameworks; supporting gender research; and preventing gender-based discrimination and violence at the national and community levels. UNFPA is actively contributing to the UN response to the humanitarian situation. UNFPA leads the coordination and response to Gender Based Violence through strengthening capacities of service providers to address needs of gender-based violence survivors and persons at risk and providing essential drugs and medical supplies to ensure that women have access to safe delivery care and other reproductive health services.

By fall 2015 within its humanitarian assistance mandate, UNFPA distributed 24,500 dignity kits, 199 reproductive health kits, 16,000 gynecological kits and 8,600 packages with warm clothes.

In addition, UNFPA also works to ensure that the needs of older persons, adolescents and youth are addressed in UN interventions.

The united nations High Commissioner For Refugees (unHCR) Who we arE UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is mandated by the UN to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. Under international refugee law a refugee is defined as a person who cannot or does not want to return to his/her home country because of a wellfounded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion,

Refugee children at the Integration Center in Kyiv, managed by UNHCR partner NGO Rokada. Photo: UNHCR/Mykhailo Koryshov

nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. UNHCR also supports other persons of concern: asylum seekers, refugees returning home, people who are displaced within their own countries and stateless persons. Today, UNHCR is one of the world’s principal humanitarian agencies, with more than 9,300 staff members in 125 countries.

UNHCR monitor assesses the needs of the elderly population in Sloviansk, who are bearing the devastating impact of the conflict in Ukraine. Photo: UNHCR/Iva Zimova

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How we help Ukraine

“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution”. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 14 (1)

UNHCR’s mission in Ukraine is to ensure that people fleeing persecution can find a safe refuge and international protection in Ukraine.

Since UNHCR established a presence in Ukraine in 1994, the country has acceded (in 2002) to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, and (in 2013) to the 1954 Stateless Persons Convention and the 1961 Reduction of Statelessness Convention, UNHCR advises and assists the Government, and monitors implementation of the country’s international responsibilities relating to protection of refugees. UNHCR is actively engaged with the Government and works with NGOs to develop national legislation and to build an effective asylum system in compliance with international law. UNHCR plays a role in ensuring protection for all persons of concern, and sponsoring self-sufficiency, local integration and assistance in voluntary repatriation.

The Dopomoha Dnipra Multipurpose IDP center supported by UNHCR provides shelter and aid to displaced families in Dnipropetrovsk city, one of major reception areas. Photo: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

In 2014, Ukraine was confronted with the problem of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. UNHCR is continuing to support the Government and civic society in their response by providing legal, material and social assistance. It assists in creating humanitarian space for internally displaced and asylum seekers, and provides training for government officials and civil society involved in refugee and IDP protection. It also conducts advocacy to enhance refugee protection and combat racism and xenophobia.

The united nations Children’s Fund (unICEF) Who we arE The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works to help children survive and thrive from early childhood through adolescence. It works with families, local communities, partners and governments in more than 190 countries and territories to protect children’s rights, help meet their

UNICEF helps children to get a good start in life by educating parents on the importance of immunisation against childhood diseases and breastfeeding of new-borns. Copyright: UNICEF Ukraine/2015/ O.Butchak

basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Established in 1946, UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children. It is funded by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Internally displaced mother with her child in a UNICEF-supported child friendly space in Kharkiv

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How we help Ukraine

“Every child has the inherent right to life.” UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 6 (I)

UNICEF opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. Since then we have been working to improve the lives of children and families in Ukraine.

Internally displaced child in Kharkiv community support centre

UNICEF’s regular programming focuses on protecting children and women from HIV and AIDS; helping children get a good start in life; protecting children from abandonment, violence and abuse; supporting more effective policies;, improving child rights monitoring; and increasing youth participation. UNICEF is helping to reduce the risk of HIV among young people and most-at-risk adolescents by increasing their access to health services and counselling, and assisting HIVpositive mothers to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their children, and providing access to antiretroviral therapy. We educate parents and health workers and by makeing maternity wards in hospitals more family friendly. UNICEF promotes immunisation against childhood diseases, and breastfeeding of newborns. It is helping to create a system of family-based care to replace the state care system for orphans and other children deprived of parental care. A preventive juvenile justice system is being developed with UNICEF’s support. Finally, UNICEF is assisting the Government and civil society through developing policies and a transparent monitoring system for child rights to ensure that all children in Ukraine are empowered to enjoy their rights. In response to the armed conflict that erupted in eastern Ukraine in early 2014, UNICEF has rapidly scaled up its operations in the country, and integrated emergency interventions with its longer-term programming. Focusing on the urgent needs of conflict-affected children and their families, it seek to ensure displaced children are able to continue their education by supplying study materials, rebuilding schools, including proper sanitation facilities; to provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support to civilians in conflict areas; to protect conflict-affected children by means including landmine awareness campaigns, and psycho-social support to address trauma; and to provide emergency health kits for conflictaffected populations and equip mothers’ with information about the benefits of breastfeeding in emergencies. In support of this response, UNICEF has set up field offices in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Kramatorsk and Mariupol.

The united nations OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (unODC) Who we arE The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is committed to promoting health, justice and security by being a global leader in the response to illicit drugs, transnational organized crime and terrorism, which have emerged as major

UNODC promotes universal access to comprehensive, evidence-informed, public health-oriented and human right-centred HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for people who inject drugs and those who live and work in prison settings.

threats to individuals, communities and countries. As a Cosponsor of UNAIDS, UNODC is the convening organisation for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support among people who use drugs and those living and working in prisons.

UNODC works with the State Penitentiary Service, and its training academies to embark on a long-term strategy aiming at fostering environments that are conducive to evidenceinformed, public health-oriented and human right-centred HIV service provision

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How we help Ukraine

The UNODC in Ukraine is focusing its efforts on achieving three main objectives.

Firstly, it is seeking to create an environment supportive of evidence informed and human-rights-based HIV/AIDS and drug dependence treatment programmes for most-at-risk populations; Secondly, it is strengthening the capacity of the State Penitentiary Service, public health bodies, and social services and civil society organisations to provide evidence-informed and human-rights- based comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care services, including drug dependence treatment in prison settings. Finally, it is improving the capacity of the drug dependence treatment system to provide evidence-informed and human- rights- based integrated HIV prevention and drug dependence treatment services. Another stream of UNODC activity focuses on development and implementation of the Container Control Program, which includes creation of container profiling inter-agency port units at selected container terminals in seaports or dry ports in Ukraine and Moldova. UNODC is also supporting Ukraine to counter illicit drug trafficking. The office enhances the country’s narcotics related research capacities by collecting systematic, comprehensive and consolidated analytical information related to drug trafficking.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Who we arE The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer

by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. UNV, with Field Units in 86 countries, is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Volunteerism is one of the most basic expressions of solidarity.

Through volunteering, young people build skills, get a chance to be engaged, and get a sense of purpose.

CONTACTS ADDRESS: 1 Klovsky Uzviz., Kyiv, Ukraine, 01021

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Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

UNV implemented the “Young Football Volunteers” project together with Ministry of Youth and Sports”

UNV programme was established in Ukraine in 1993 in order to contribute to the international commitment to build up the Government’s democratic policies and strengthen civic engagement, and to promote volunteering for development the civil society. Since 1993 the UNV programme in Ukraine has deployed more than 150 UN Volunteers to serve in various UN agencies. UNV has supported volunteerism in Ukraine through youth training, advocacy events, small grants scheme, contests, and projects. UNV supports the Government of Ukraine in creating an enabling legislative environment for further development of volunteerism in the country. Key to creating a functioning volunteer infrastructure is cooperation. UNV engages with number of civil society organizations and government bodies to facilitate networking, flow of information, best practices

UN Volunteers often volunteer further than just their assignments to give back to the society and inspire others to act

exchange, innovative solutions, and advocacy to enable the people of Ukraine to be engaged and active citizens.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN women) Who we arE UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on

five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and political participation; ending violence against women and girls; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes and humanitarian action; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, working across the system’s three pillars: development, human rights and peace and security.

UN Women works to create a critical mass of gender-responsive budgeting experts in all regions in Ukraine.

Young women-leaders - grantees of the Ukrainian Women’s Fund “First Step to Success” All-Ukrainian Leadership Programme - met with UN agencies to discuss women’s participation in decision-making.

CONTACTS ADDRESS: 28, Institutska str., Block E Kyiv, 01021, Ukraine

PHONE: +38 044 384 12 81



How we help Ukraine UN Women’s work in Ukraine dates back to 1999

UN Women’s work in Ukraine dates back to 1999 with a focus on promoting women’s political empowerment and leadership, gender-responsive national planning and budgeting and women’s engagement in peace, security and postconflict recovery processes. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women promotes improved UN system coordination and accountability to support Ukraine in addressing its national gender equality priorities. UN Women supports the government of Ukraine as it develops national policies, laws and programmes for achieving gender equality. Most recently, UN Women supported the government in developing a “State Programme on Ensuring Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men 2013- 2016” among a number of national laws. Through UN Women evidence-based advocacy gender equality was integrated in the “Strategy for Attraction, Use and Monitoring of International Technical Assistance and Cooperation with International Financial Institutions for 2013-2016”, thus strengthening donor accountability for ensuring equality for women and men.

UN Women provides assistance to strengthen national governmental officials’ capacity on financing for gender equality and gender mainstreaming into budget.

With support from UN Women and its partners, 12 municipalities in Ukraine used gender-responsive budgeting, an innovative public policy tool that comprehensively assesses gender gaps and identifies key actions to close them. Gender-responsive budgeting addresses gender bias and discrimination by analyzing government budgets to ensure that national commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment are adequately funded, at the national and local levels. In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, UN Women collaborates with national and international partners in identifying the differences and inequalities in the situation of women and girls, boys and men of all ages, ethnic, linguistic and other backgrounds, their distinct experiences, needs, opportunities, constraints and contributions to society. Such analysis helps to make sure that the humanitarian response and recovery planning respond to their needs.

Ms. Tatiana Ivanina, gender expert, share experience on gender mainstreaming in social and economic programmes.

UN Women’s actions are rooted in the women’s movement so UN Women makes every effort to ensure full and meaningful participation of women’s groups and organizations in government reform processes, in humanitarian response decision-making and in recovery planning to ensure their responsiveness to the distinct needs of women and girls which may otherwise be overlooked.

The World Bank Group Who we arE We assist Ukraine’s people in the areas of infrastructure, energy, transport, the financial sector and social protection to promote economic growth, create jobs, improve governance and counter corruption The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries globally. The Bank Group’s mission is to work for a world free of poverty. The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: • End extreme poverty by decreasing the proportion of people living on less than US$1.25 a day to no more than 3 per cent • Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 per cent for every country Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It has more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide. The World Bank Group is not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. It comprises five institutions managed by their 188 member countries.

As part of a World Bank-supported project, 10 water utilities across Ukraine have installed modern energy efficient equipment, generating average energy savings at around 30%.

It provide support to governments in their efforts to invest in health and education, provide water and electricity, boost agricultural production, build roads and ports, and protect environment. Other projects are aimed at rebuilding after natural disasters, providing basic services such as clean water or encouraging investments that create jobs. It is also one of the world’s largest centers for research in the areas of development economics, poverty, trade and competitiveness, globalization, climate change finance and environment. It provides advice and financing to developing countries to support economic reforms, ensuring shared prosperity and fair growth.

The five World Bank Group members are:

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or IBRD – World Bank, provides loans and advice to middle-income countries.

The International Development Association, or IDA, focuses on helping the poorest countries by providing interest-free loans and grants.

The International Finance Corporation, or IFC, finances private sector investments and offers technical advice to governments and businesses.

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, or MIGA, encourages foreign investments by providing guarantees to foreign investors.

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, or ICSID, independently settles disputes between foreign investors and their host countries.

How we help Ukraine In 2014, the World Bank Group provided over US$3 billion. This financing was provided through seven new operations, which are part of the Bank Group’s overall US$3.5 billion financial assistance to Ukraine announced in March 2014. Most of our investments go into improving basic public services that directly benefit ordinary people, such as water, sanitation, heating, power and health services. For instance, the Bank is investing to modernize the municipal services sector in Ukraine, which has been suffering for decades from underinvestment and poor maintenance. Working closely with over 20 municipal water and sanitation utilities across the country, about 10 million Ukrainians gained access to clean water. And the average energy savings in these utilities amount to around 30 percent, resulting in UAH 50 million annual savings. The World Bank Group is also supporting Ukraine through policy advice and technical assistance in formulating and implementing comprehensive structural reforms. These include, among others, reforms to: 1. improve public sector governance and efficiency in the use of public resources, 2. restore fiscal and external account balances, 3. stabilize the banking sector, 4. enhance the investment climate, 5. restructure the energy sector, and 6. strengthen the social safety net system to target assistance to the poor and most vulnerable people. Ukraine’s private sector has the potential to drive the country’s long-term economic growth and create jobs. In addition to financing for several new private sector projects, IFC is implementing a large advisory programme in Ukraine, working to simplify regulations, improve the investment climate and energy efficiency, boost the competiveness of local food producers, help open new markets, and increase access to finance. IFC’s goal is to help restore confidence, support viable businesses and preserve jobs. IFC’s strategy in Ukraine is centered on three pillars: supporting agribusiness, supporting the banking sector, and developing the country’s infrastructure over the medium-term. In February this year, the World Bank Group pledged to provide up to US$2 billion to Ukraine in 2015 through a mix of financing instruments. This assistance will focus on protecting the poor and supporting reforms, especially in the gas and banking sector, as well as in fighting corruption and improving governance and business environment; and our investment projects to improve service delivery in health and public infrastructure.

WORLD food programme (WFP) Who we arE WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. Each year WFP assists some 80

million people in around 80 countries. With the mission to end global hunger WFP is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security. WFP plays its part as an active member of the United Nations system to bring the issue of hunger to the centre of the international agenda.

In emergencies WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Photo Credit: WFP/Deborah Nguyen

The conflict in eastern Ukraine resulted in 1.3 million people in need of food across the country. In November 2014 WFP launched its Emergency Operation to assist people affected by the conflict. Photo: People in Need

CONTACTS ADDRESS: 20 Esplanadna Str., office 401, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601

PHONE: + 380 44 253 1860



How we help Ukraine

More than 1.3 million people are in need of food across Ukraine as a result of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In order to assist people affected by the conflict WFP launched its Emergency Operation in November 2014. WFP provides food assistance to the most vulnerable groups among the internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, host families and those trapped in the conflict hotspots of eastern Ukraine.

WFP aims to provide assistance to the most vulnerable groups amongst the internally displaced people, returnees, host families and those trapped in conflict hotspots. Photo: International Relief & Development

In the areas not controlled by the Government, where food prices are high and markets restricted, WFP delivers food parcels containing enough food to feed one person for one month. Meanwhile, in the government controlled areas WFP provides cash or vouchers. One person receives a voucher or cash to cover food needs for one month. The ongoing Emergency Operation is providing assistance to 575,000 people from November 2014 through December 2015.

WFP has been present in Ukraine since 2014. WFP will provide food assistance to 575,000 people until the end of 2015. WFP provides food through two modalities: food parcels and vouchers. Photo: WFP/Deborah Nguyen

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) Who we arE The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and

WHO’s headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. It has six

coordinating authority for health within the United Nations

regional offices (including the WHO European Region comprises


It produces health guidelines and standards,

53 countries) and 157 country offices around the world. The

and help countries to address public health issues. WHO

WHO European Region comprises 53 countries, covering the

also supports and promotes health research. Jointly with

vast geographical region from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans.

governments WHO works on tackling global health problems

WHO cooperates with partners, including UN agencies, donors,

and improving people’s well-being.

civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Medical supplies WHO is working to provide a lifeline for people needing access to care, vaccines and other emergency and public health services. Delivery of medicines to health services to the eastern regions is one of our priority activities.

Health care access As of Spring 2015, WHO Ukraine has supplied and donated 13 mobile clinics, specially equipped for the needs of the mobile primary health care units, to serve IDPs in East Ukraine.

Health System strengthening WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health of Ukraine to strengthening health systems towards universal health coverage and access to care. We are working jointly on health system reform, emphasizing public health services, primary care, emergency services and rural health.

CONTACTS ADDRESS: 30, Botychiv Tik Str., Kyiv, Ukraine, 04071

PHONE: + 380 44 425 8828



How we help Ukraine

Health care for everyone

Ukraine has been a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) since its inception on 7 April, 1948. WHO Country Office in Ukraine was established in Kyiv in June 1994.

We work with the Government of Ukraine, its Ministry of Health, local health authorities and partners to ensure greater health opportunities, improve health outcomes and respond to humanitarian needs. In light of the low immunization coverage, we have been working together with UNICEF and partners to avoid outbreaks as polio and other vaccine preventable disease. WHO is working closely with the Ministry of Health to strengthen health systems towards universal health coverage and access to care; reduce morbidity and mortality from major diseases of public health importance and from risks to health security; reduce inequalities in health through sub-national public health action to strengthen health systems and chronic disease prevention and control (e.g. non-communicable diseases, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs); and upgrade human resources for health. In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WHO, in its role as Coordinator of the Health and Nutrition Cluster, coordinates activities and donations with partners. It also provides technical support, norms and standards to the Ministry of Health on drugs and vaccination, and works with the Ministry to establish the framework for humanitarian assistance. It is assisting to develop capacity for health information management in the crisis context, and to set up Mobile Emergency Primary Health Care Units and upgrade Primary Health Care Posts. It also supports the training of health workers and procurement of drugs, supplies and ambulances; and the delivery of medicines to health services in the eastern regions.

THE International organization for migration (IOM) Who we arE Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners to promote humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services, policy advice and recommendations to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane

IOM started providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable internally displaced persons from the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine

management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration challenges and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as the right of freedom of movement.

IOM Ukraine’s art installation entitled, “Invisible in Plain Sight� seeks to raise awareness about trafficking in human beings and tells the real stories of victims who live amongst us, but often remain unseen. It is travelling across Ukraine throughout 2015.

CONTACTS ADDRESS: 8 Mykhailivska Str., Kyiv, Ukraine, 01001

PHONE: + 380 44 568 5015



How we help Ukraine In line with IOM’s global strategy, the IOM Mission in Ukraine aims to advance understanding of the opportunities and challenges of migration in the Ukrainian context.

The IOM Mission in Ukraine was established in 1996, when Ukraine became an observer state of IOM. In 2002, Ukraine formally became an IOM member. IOM enjoys similar privileges and immunities as a UN Specialised Agency despite not being a UN Agency, and is part of the UN Country Team in Ukraine. Over the last 19 years of its presence in Ukraine, IOM has assisted close to 400,000 migrants, potential migrants, victims of trafficking, and other vulnerable groups, directly or through its project partners. In line with IOM’s global strategy, the IOM Mission in Ukraine aims to advance understanding of the opportunities and challenges of migration in the Ukrainian context. Maximising those opportunities and minimising the challenges accompanied with migratory movements are the guiding principles of all the activities and programmes the Mission is engaged in. In doing so, IOM Ukraine provides humanitarian assistance and livelihood opportunities to internally displaced persons, works on reconciliation and stabilisation in conflict-affected communities, fights trafficking in human beings, and assists the Government in improving its migration management system, and creating migrant-inclusive health practices and policies. At the same time, IOM Ukraine is engaged in fostering links between migration and development, promoting the benefits of cultural diversity and integration of migrants, and counteracting xenophobia and intolerance.

The micro-business of this beekeeper, displaced from Crimea to Vinnytsia Region, was supported by IOM

As of 2015, the IOM in Ukraine consists of a head office in Kyiv and field offices in Kharkiv and Kramatorsk. Since the end of 2013, IOM has been acting as the implementing partner of the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), an advisory, and technical body mandated to enhance the border management capacities of the border guard, and customs authorities, and other state agencies of Moldova and Ukraine.

Gender equality Ukraine has established the core elements of a legal and institutional framework for promoting gender equality and addressing gender based discrimination. The country is party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol. Its international treaty obligations have been incorporated in the Law “On Ensuring Equal Rights and Opportunities for Men and Women” and the State Programme on Ensuring Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men for 2013-2016. The UN system in Ukraine is working to support civil society, the private sector and state institutions in Ukraine to ensure the political, social and economic inclusion of women. Priorities include getting more women into the workforce and enterprise, promoting equal pay, women’s involvement in political processes, and overcoming domestic violence. Policies, programmes and measures are undertaken at national and sub-national levels by UN agencies, funds and programmes, to accelerate empowerment of women and to facilitate Ukraine’s adherence to its international treaty obligations including achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Gender Theme Group (GTG) coordinates United Nations and wider donor programming. The GTG is chaired by UNFPA, and is made up of UN organisations and other donor agencies, and open for membership to NGOs, independent gender experts and the Government. It strives

for good partnership and effective dialogue between UNCT, civil society and the Government in the area of gender. The UN and its humanitarian partners have been working with women’s civil society organisations to understand the differential impact of conflict and displacement on women and men. There has been growing concern about reports of widespread sexual violence against women in the conflict area. The humanitarian strategies being employed take account of the very unequal starting places of women and men in Ukraine, particularly those crisis-related needs caused or worsened by discrimination against women that create greater vulnerability for women. It is intended that the investment by the UN and its partners to strengthen the role, voice and participation of women in conflict prevention, resolution and reconciliation will have a long-term positive impact on the status of women.


53.8% of the Ukrainian population




Official launch of the “Women and conflict in Ukraine” photo exhibition, organized by the UN Office in Ukraine together with the Ministry of Social Policy and Ukrainian Women’s Fund. More than 40 pictures have been selected to be exhibited depicting stories of Ukrainian women performing different roles in the challenging times for Ukraine, December 2014.


Women’s average wage is 77.6% of men’s average wage. However, a survey showed that 87% of women do not even know that inequality in compensation for labour is a violation of their rights.





are women •

Two thirds of persons aged 60 and above are women

Over 90,000 cases of violence against women are registered annually. In 2013 there were 174,229 notifications registered




committing violence in the family. •

Only 1 of 4 women who survived domestic violence in Ukraine seek assistance from the law enforcement and legal system

Illustration of a billboard from the “4 Hands Happiness” information campaign aimed at attracting public attention to the importance of harmonious distribution of family responsibilities between husband and wife and tackling gender stereotypes, June 2015.


Youth in Ukraine (age 14-35) make up one third of the country’s population. Like other UN member states, Ukraine is committed to addressing the needs of young people by strengthening its focus on youth employment, healthy lifestyles, non-formal education, patriotic and civic education and housing. “Working with and for young people” is one of the UN Secretary General’s Five-year Action Agenda priorities released in 2012. The UN system in Ukraine coordinates its work with and for youth through the Working Group on Youth, as well as the Youth Advisory Panel at the UN. The UN is working with the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Ukraine and other national partners on the development of a new Youth Programme for 2015-2020. A review and analysis of existing research, identification of gaps and development of policy recommendations and effective mechanisms for horizontal and vertical collaboration has been initiated. At

a practical level, the UN has created a national youth work educational programme for civil servants and leaders of youth NGOs. UN-supported programmes promote healthy lifestyles and safe behaviour, including HIV/STI prevention among young people, through advocacy events and information campaigns. The UN is also addressing youth unemployment through research and increasing young people’s access to the internet and other resources. Finally it has supported an expansion in youth volunteering (currently around 23 per cent of all youth participate in some form of voluntary work). In 2015 the UN Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP) in Ukraine was established to strengthen the dialogue between the UN and young people. The role of the UNYAP is to advise the UN on the strategic opportunities and necessary actions for addressing adolescent and youth issues, as well as for the UN to help shape the agendas of the youth organizations to improve youth policies and advocacy initiatives.




30 %

UN Youth Advisory Panel composed of 11 youth activists from different youth organizations and activist groups at the welcoming meeting with the UN Youth Working Group at the UN house, Kyiv, May 2015.

of population IS Youth

around 14 million people





Ukraine is 16.8% •

Every fourth adolescent in Ukraine aged 13-17 consumes alcohol at least once a month






correct knowledge on the ways of contracting HIV and prevention of sexual transmission of HIV •

12.0% of all HIV/AIDS infected people in Ukraine are young people between 15-24 y.o.

220 young active people from almost all regions of Ukraine worked on the most sensitive and crucial issues Ukrainian young people face today during the interregional Youth Forum in Kremenchuk supported by UNFPA, June 2015.


UNAIDS EECA Regional Goodwill Ambassador Vera Brezhneva at the meeting with the leaders and activists of “Positive Women” NGO

Ukraine has one of the most severe HIV epidemics in Europe. According to official statistics, every day 53 people are diagnosed with HIV in Ukraine and 9 die of AIDS-related diseases. It is estimated that every second person living with HIV is not aware of their status. While in recent years aspects of the country’s response, such as prevention of mother to child transmission and provision antiretroviral drugs and opioid substitution, have led to positive trends, the serious financial and governance challenges facing the country currently threaten to compromise this response. The UN system in Ukraine provides technical assistance to the Government of Ukraine in its National AIDS response. The Joint UN Programme of Support on AIDS for 20122016 articulates the joint approach which the UN system is taking to Fast-tracking to zero new HIV-infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths in Ukraine. Using this mechanism, the UN System aims to unify

and integrate UN support within the national planning frameworks, strategically fill existing gaps, and coordinate its efforts with other partners. The UN also supports the National AIDS Programme 2014-2018, which is among the priority programmes of the country. With UN political support the influence of civil society has expanded to target systemic bottlenecks, bringing stronger benefits for people living with HIV. People living with HIV in military conflict affected areas have seen significant disruption to provision of services. The UN has ensured that HIV is included in the humanitarian response to the crisis in Ukraine. This is helping to raise awareness of the availability of HIV and tuberculosis services in regions hosting high numbers of IDPs. The UN system is also working with the Ministry of Health and other partners to ensure as much as possible, uninterrupted care and support for people living with HIV and prevent new infections throughout the country.





number of PLHIV receiving ART

66,409 number of estimated PLHIV


25% of PLHIV lives in Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts

mother to child HIV transmission


Calculated in 2014 for children born in 2012

HIV prevalence: •

General population (15+): 0.58%

PWID: 19.7%

Sex workers: 7,3%

MSM: 5,9%

Sources: Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Ukrainian Centre for Control over Socially Dangerous Diseases, Institute of Epidemiology and Infection Diseases, Information Bulletin 43, Kyiv-2015, National HIV/AIDS Estimates in Ukraine as of June 2014, Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

TEENERGIZER Youth Team with Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and UNAIDS Regional Red Ribbon Team (Dara, Moldova, Vlad Darvin, Ukraine, Azad Shabanov Azerbaijan) at the Youth Day in Ukraine 2015.

Millennium Development Goals in Ukraine REDUCE POVERTY





(People who live on less then US$5 per day by purchasing power parity)















INTERNET is available more than 80% of schools























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9.3 IN 2015

























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