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Kyiv, 3 April 2020 - The UN has recently launched a global call for resources to finance a comprehensive pandemic response plan, requiring $165 million through the end of 2020.

31 March 2020, Rome/Geneva - Millions of people around the world depend on international trade for their food security and livelihoods. As countries move to enact measures aiming to halt the accelerating COVID-19 pandemic, care must be taken to minimise potential impacts on the food supply or unintended consequences on global trade and food security.

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we are all vulnerable. The virus has shown that it does not discriminate – but many refugees, those forcibly displaced, the stateless and migrants are at heightened risk.

"I am pleased to announce with United States Ambassador Kelly Craft the donation of 250,000 protective face masks, just located in United Nations stores in New York, to the United States.  

Kyiv, 26 March In conjunction with the launch of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine Ms. Osnat Lubrani today issued the “Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” calling for US$ 165 million.

Conflict-related civilian casualties in Ukraine (1) February 2020 From 1 to 29 February 2020, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded five conflict-related civilian casualties (one killed and four injured), a 58.3 per cent decrease compared with January 2020: - One man was injured by shelling in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’, and one man was injured by SALW (2) fire in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’; - One man was killed in a mine-related incident (3) in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’; and - One woman and one man were injured as a result of ERW handling (4) (hand grenades) in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ and in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ respectively. January 2020 From 1 to 31 January 2020, OHCHR recorded 12 conflict-related civilian casualties (one killed and 11 injured), a 300 per cent increase compared with December 2019 (one killed and two injured): - Three men and a woman were injured by shelling in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’; - Four men were injured in mine-related incidents: three in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’, and one in Government-controlled part of Donetsk region; - As a result of ERW handling, a man was killed and two men were injured in Government-controlled part of Donetsk region, and a boy was injured in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’. Trends in 2020 Civilian casualties from 1 January to 29 February 2020, per type of weapon/incident   In January 2020, the number of civilian casualties, though increased compared with December 2019, remained comparable with average monthly civilian casualties in 2019 (2.3 killed and 11.7 injured on average a month) which were the lowest for the entire conflict period. In February 2020, civilian casualties decreased to the levels observed in the last quarter of 2019. During the period from 1 January to 29 February 2020, average monthly civilian casualties (one killed and 7.5 injured on average per month) were 40 per cent lower than average monthly civilian casualties in 2019. In January and February 2020, civilian casualties resulting from shelling and SALW fire (which are most indicative in terms of IHL compliance and of the situation with protection of civilians) remained at the lowest levels for the entire conflict period, and at the same levels as in the last quarter of 2019. Majority of them were recorded in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘republics’ (14 out of 16 from 1 October 2019 to 29 February 2020). In January 2020, not a single civilian casualty resulting from shelling or SALW fire was recorded in Donetsk region (on either side of the contact line) – while in October, November and December 2019 all such casualties were registered in Donetsk region only (on both sides of the contact line). In January and February 2020, five of the six civilian casualties caused by shelling and SALW fire were recorded in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’, to the east and south-east of the town of Zolote; Zolote area is one of the major hotspots in recent years. Four of the five mine-related incidents recorded in January and February 2020 occurred in the armed group-controlled area of Luhansk region along Siverskyi Donets River. This area is heavily contaminated by mines, booby traps and UXO, and a lot of similar incidents have been registered there since 2015. Occurrence of these four incidents in January and February can be attributed to the soft winter. Five mine-related incidents recorded in January and February 2020 have been the first ones since October 2019, and do not revert the overall trend of decreasing civilian casualties caused by mine-related incidents. Victims of ERW handling, though decreasing annually in absolute figures, continue to comprise a considerable share of civilian casualties (34.5 per cent of total civilian casualties in January and February 2020).       _________________________________   (1) OHCHR documents civilian casualties by consulting a broad range of sources and types of information, which are evaluated for credibility and reliability. This update is based on information that UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) collected through interviews with victims and their relatives; witnesses; analysis of corroborating material confidentially shared with HRMMU; official records; open-source documents, photo and video materials; forensic records and reports; criminal investigation materials; court documents; public reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine; reports by international and national non-governmental organizations; public reports by law enforcement and military actors; data from medical facilities and local authorities; and other relevant and reliable materials. In some instances, corroboration may take weeks or months before conclusions can be drawn. This may mean that conclusions on civilian casualties may be revised as more information becomes available. Numbers may change as new information emerges over time. (2) Small arms and light weapons. (3) Incidents in which civilians were killed or injured by mines (antipersonnel or anti-vehicle) or explosive devices triggered in the same way, such as booby traps, or by ERW (explosive remnants of war) that are inadvertently detonated by unsuspecting civilians. (4) Victims of ERW handling manipulate with an ERW for a certain period of time and take additional efforts to make it detonate (for instance, by trying to dismantle it), or were near those, who manipulated an ERW.  
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 

8 March 2020, Kyiv. "The theme of 2020 International Women’s Day is: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. Today, I call on the Presidency and the new Government of Ukraine to be Generation Equality and make Ukrainian women’s rights a reality! You have the power and the opportunity to make this happen!

In Ukraine, there are six and a half million young people (aged 10 to 24), or one sixth of the total population, who will soon begin defining the future of the entire country. Young people make decisions that affect both their own well-being and that of their families, communities and of the entire nation.

With nearly $1.1 million of funding from the government of Japan, UNOPS procured and delivered medical equipment for hospitals in Kharkiv and Lviv, Ukraine.  The equipment will help enhance the capacities of the medical facilities to provide efficient and timely medical service to more than 30,000 patients a year. 

The United Nations in Ukraine stands with the people and the Government of Ukraine as this country – like many others around Europe and the world - grapple with a global health emergency. We commend the President and the Government for its robust and compassionate response and support to people in need. It is heart-warming to see local people now showing their solidarity with evacuated people. The UN agencies present in Ukraine are working to advance sustainable development - including in support of the Government’s emergency preparedness and any possible response measures
Kyiv, 21 February 2020 - The attack on the evacuated Ukrainian citizens last night in Novi Sanjary, Poltava oblast has no place in today’s Ukraine. These men and women have already undergone a traumatic period of protracted isolation and deserve to have dignity as they return to Ukraine safely.

Between January and February 2014, during Ukraine’s months-long Maidan protests, eighty-three protestors, thirteen law-enforcement officers, a journalist and one bystander were killed or died violently. Six years on, weaknesses in the justice system have prevented investigations and prosecution of perpetrators from progressing further.

The use of torture and ill-treatment to intimidate, punish, humiliate or extract confessions is a systemic human rights problem in Ukraine, with the ongoing armed conflict that broke out in the east of the country in April 2014 further exacerbating it.  The conflict has so far taken more than 13,000 lives, including at least 3,349 civilians.  Since 2014, hundreds of men and women  have been detained, tortured, ill-treated or endured sexual violence,both in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘republics’ in the east and in the territory controlled by the Government. 

 (Kyiv, 29 January 2020): The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Ms. Osnat Lubrani today launched an appeal worth of US$158 million to provide humanitarian aid and protection to 2 million most vulnerable people in the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine in 2020.

TEN YEARS TO TRANSFORM OUR WORLD The Sustainable Development Goals—our shared vision to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a peaceful world—are gaining global momentum. With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise—by mobilizing more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to make the Global Goals their own.  

December 2019 From 1 to 31 December 2019, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded three conflict-related civilian casualties, a 25 per cent decrease compared with November 2019. A man was killed by SALW[2] fire in Government-controlled part of Donetsk region; a man was injured by light weapons fire in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’; and a man was injured as a result of ERW handling[3] in Government-controlled part of Donetsk region.

January 1, 2020 saw the launch of the UN75 initiative - the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all. The initiative will see the UN spark dialogues throughout 2020 in diverse settings across the world.  In a ‘global reality check’, four innovative data streams will build the first ever repository of crowd-sourced solutions to major global challenges. 

On 12 December world is commemorating Universal Health Coverage Day, this date is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for all nations to provide for their citizens affordable, quality health care. UN in Ukraine met with chief WHO person in Ukraine to discuss situation with health coverage in the country, improvements and potential challenges that health system in Ukraine is facing nowadays.

“We had been waiting for this home for 35 years, we lived there for three months, and now we are homeless,” Liudmyla, a pensioner who had worked all her life at a factory, told us standing in an empty damp room in Adviidka, 15 Vorobiova Street.