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“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. 

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world.  A staggering 1 in 3 (33%) women have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a global issue that affects all countries through various forms, including sexual abuse, domestic violence and sex trafficking.  In some countries globally, the situation is even worse with some 70% of women and girls reporting they have experienced violence due to their gender. Worldwide around 15 million adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 have experienced forced sex in their lifetime. Based on data from 30 countries, only 1% of adolescent girls who have experienced forced sex reached out for professional help.  Violence – be it sexual, physical, psychological and/or economical – occurs anywhere at any time, whether that is in private or public spaces. GBV has both immediate and long-term physical, mental and sexual impacts on women and girls, ultimately affecting their well-being and preventing them from fully participating in the society. GBV does not only cause pain and suffering but also devastates families, undermines workplace productivity, diminishes national competitiveness, and stalls development. A multi-sectoral approach is the most effective way to prevent and respond to GBV. Strong partnerships and joint interventions between governments, organizations and civil societies are instrumental in providing the required support to women and girls who are exposed to or survived violence. Moreover, international studies demonstrate that each $1 invested in GBV prevention saves the economy $5 to $20 in future service costs. 

NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 November 2019  The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 concluded in the Kenyan capital, with 170 countries making bold commitments to transform the world by ending all maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls by 2030. “The Nairobi Summit represents a renewed, re-energized vision and community working together to act and deliver. Together, we will make the next ten years a decade of action and results for women and girls, keeping their rights and choices at the center of everything we do,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem. The Summit, co-convened by the governments of Kenya and Denmark with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, unveiled critical new data about the cost of achieving these goals. It mobilized more than 1,200 commitments from around the world, including billions of dollars in pledges from public and private sector partners. It also raised the voices of marginalized communities, youth and grassroots advocates, who were able to directly engage heads of state and policymakers about how to realize the rights and health of all people.   The Summit opened with the release of new research showing the price tag to achieve “three transformative results” -- zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning, and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices -- within the next decade. The total cost to the world would be $264 billion, according to the analysis by UNFPA and the Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with Victoria University, the University of Washington and Avenir Health. Summit attendees then stepped up with specific and concrete commitments to help the world reach these ambitious, but achievable, goals. Pledges were made by governments, civil society, youth groups, faith-based organizations, academia and many more.  Governments including Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, together with the European Commission, committed around $1 billion in support. The private sector also stepped in: Children’s Investment Fund (CIF), The Ford Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Philips, World Vision and many other organizations announced that they will mobilize some $8 billion in combined new pledges. Over 9,500 delegates from more than 170 countries took part in this radically inclusive conference, uniting behind the Nairobi Statement, which establishes a shared agenda to complete the ICPD Programme of Action.  Ukrainian Minister of Social Policy Yulia Sokolovska voiced out Ukrainian commitments. Ukraine seeks to have a zero tolerance for domestic violence, which will help identify and respond effectively to all cases. About 70% of Ukrainian girls and women have experienced violence.  “Our mission is to reduce a number of cases of gender-based violence, and to provide easy and convenient access to quality and comprehensive services for all victims, including legal protection, social and psychological assistance, medical assistance and rehabilitation. We need to do everything so that society in Ukraine will have zero tolerance for violence and counteracts this phenomenon and the abusers will receive punishment. At the beginning of the next year, we plan to take an important step in combating violence - we are talking about establishing a 24-hour call center on combating human trafficking, preventing and combating domestic violence and the creation of the Unified Register of Domestic Violence Cases and Gender-Based Violence”, said Minister Yulia Sokolovskaya.  Ukraine in Nairobi Summit was also represented by Oleksandr Yarema, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Alexei Zhmerenetsky, Member of Parliament, Maria Efrosinina, the Honorary Ambassador of UNFPA in Ukraine, Prof. Ella Libanova, Director of the Ptoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and by representatives of NGOs - Centre Corporate Social Responsibility, Teenergizer and Positive Women, and FC Shakhtar's manager of social projects.
Families demand investigation and fair trial. Amidst global insecurity for journalists and rights activists, Ukraine has suffered from a string of attacks and killings, against the backdrop of the five-year long armed conflict in the east, the occupation of Crimea and all-pervading corruption. In most cases, impunity prevails. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine is calling for effective investigation in all cases. It is also supporting judicial and legal reforms in the country, and is advising the Government in ensuring accountability.

International organizations call for assistance for children affected by landmines or explosive remnants of war in Ukraine. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), over 200,000 children currently reside in the 20-kilometre zone along both sides of the ‘contact line’ in eastern Ukraine. This area is highly contaminated by mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). Since 2014, over 128 children have been injured by landmines, unexploded ordnance and other deadly explosive remnants of war, leaving many with disabilities. Over 38 children have been killed.

Kyiv, 4 September 2019 - Throughout 2019, the United Nations in Ukraine has attended and monitored various LGBT events throughout the country, including KyivPride in June and OdesaPride in August. The UN has welcomed the way in which law enforcement successfully and professionally addressed all security challenges, providing an opportunity for LGBT people and their supporters, as well as for counter-demonstrators, to exercise their right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) started operations in 2005 on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution № 1590 on March 24, 2005. Today, Ukraine is involved in 8 UN-led peacekeeping and security operations in peacekeeping contingents. Four Ukrainians are taking part in the UN peacekeeping operation in the Republic of South Sudan. The UN Department of Global Communications interviewed one of the Ukrainian peacekeepers, Ivan Kushchenko.

NEW YORK, 20 August — Secretary-General urges young people worldwide to join online and in local communities The United Nations today announced that 100 outstanding young climate champions chosen from around the world will receive support to participate in the UN Youth Climate Summit on Saturday, September 21 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

As the oldest specialized UN agency, the International Labour Organization celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Exactly one hundred years ago, on 11 April 1919, the plenary session of the Paris Peace Conference accepted the draft ILO Constitution which became part of the Treaty of Versailles signed on 28 June 1919 to end World War I. This remarkable date was celebrated by a day-long series of 24 Global Live Tour events spanning four continents to mark the ILO Centenary.

(Kyiv, 19 August 2019) On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Ms. Osnat Lubrani, appeals to donors to strengthen their financial support for millions of civilians in the east. ‘We are thankful to donors for their support to our operations.

5 August 2019, Kyiv – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) continues to protect the lives and livelihoods of conflict-affected people. Households from 52 settlements along the “contact line” will be provided with day-old chickens and animal feed. The help, valued at USD 1 million, comes as part of United Nations emergency support.

The employment situation of IDPs tends to improve, according to the results of the survey, presented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission in Ukraine, in cooperation with the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs and the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. The latest round of IOM’s survey has been conducted in January–March 2019 with funding from the United States Department of State for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).

KYIV (25 July 2019) – Matilda Bogner, a lawyer with 13 years of UN experience, took office as the new Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. She will now lead the Mission mandated to monitor, report and advocate for human rights protection for all in the country.* 

15 July 2019 - Today, on a National Day of Peacekeepers in Ukraine, United Nations honours more than 35,000 Ukrainian women and men who have served under the UN flag with pride, distinction and courage. UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim, UNHCR Representative Pablo Mateu, congratulated Ukrainian peacekeepers paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in the service of peace.

Veterans of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, activists of non-governmental organizations, community initiative groups from Kyiv region, and representatives of international organizations have been united today at the friendly football match in Kyiv, organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs and the European Union.

"I thank Canada and Ukraine for inviting the United Nations to participate in this important conference. I speak for the United Nations, and in particular, the UN agencies working in Ukraine in support of humanitarian and recovery efforts in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, as well in support of sustainable development throughout the country.

The United Nations in Ukraine welcomes President Zelenskyi’s stated commitment to reach out to all Ukrainians regardless of where they reside. Such a commitment echoes the promise made as part of the 2030 sustainable development agenda to ‘leave no one behind’. Inclusive measures can lay the ground for achieving peace and stability and strengthening social cohesion throughout the country. We look forward to continuing our cooperation under the Ukraine - UN Partnership Framework 2018-2022 to advance development and human rights, as well as to provide humanitarian and recovery assistance to and protection of civilians directly affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Kyiv, 20 June 2019 -  On the World Refugee Day, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called on communities, schools, businesses, faith groups and people from all walks of life to take big and small steps in solidarity with refugees at a time when the number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018, the highest level that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen in its almost 70 years.

Kyiv, 4 June 2019 – The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Government of Ukraine and partners organized the first nationalwide conference to unite the efforts to prevent and address violence against children in Ukraine at the End Violence Against Children conference in Kyiv.

28 May 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine   – Agriculture is highly vulnerable to weather extremes and disasters. In developing countries, the agriculture sector absorbs 26 percent of the total economic damage and loss caused by climate-induced disasters, according to one recent FAO study . Smallholder farmers, which provide for more than 70 percent of global food needs, are among the most vulnerable, followed by small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises.