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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.

Kyiv, Ukraine, 28 May 2019 - Five major noncommunicable diseases – cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary and mental health diseases – contribute to almost 84% of all deaths in Ukraine. Almost 30% of men who died in 2017 from NCDs are in the working age group of 30-65 years.

In view of the upcoming parliamentary elections, on behalf of the United Nations, I wish to raise attention to the importance of equal women’s participation in elections and their representation in the next convocation of the Verkhovna Rada.

Kyiv, Ukraine (17 May 2019) – In 2019, the Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations system in Ukraine continue partnership in addressing humanitarian needs and support recovery in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine. USD 2.8 million of assistance provided by the Government of Japan will be used to address humanitarian needs, support vulnerable groups of population and recovery of eastern regions in Ukraine through implementation of four projects by four UN agencies.

Since its deployment in March 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) has monitored, publicly reported and advocated on the human rights situation in Ukraine. The published briefing note emphasizes the need to ensure justice for the 48 people who lost their lives and for the estimated 247 people, who sustained injuries on 2 May 2014 in Odesa during the clashes between two groups holding differing views about the state structure of Ukraine. Read full text of the Briefing Note in English 
People consume more than the planet has time to produce. By 2050, the world's population will grow by 9 billion and this will significantly increase the demand for Earth resources. In this regard, agriculture should increase production to meet the needs of the population in food consumption. However, on the other hand, bad agricultural practices  negatively impact on the environment, threatening productive land degradation, water loss, and biodiversity loss. The global challenge is to find sustainable ways to feed the population. Human beings need an agriculture that can feed the world without depleting its natural resources, ecologically, economically and socially viable for present and future.

A new WHO report finds that the Affordable Medicines Programme, an outpatient reimbursement scheme introduced in Ukraine in April 2017, has contributed to a significant increase in access to medicines thereby improving the health of patients. Until the implementation of the Programme no system was in place for public reimbursement of prescription medicines in the outpatient sector and spending on medicines was reported as being the main driver of financial hardship for Ukrainian households.

Pokrovsk (Ukraine), April 10, 2019 - The Government of Japan has handed over two specialized utility vehicles and 20 personal protective equipment sets to the Communal company Voda Donbasa through the joint project of UNOPS and UNICEF “Sustaining Water Supply in Donbas Area”.

9 April 2019 - As the conflict in the east of Ukraine enters the sixth year this spring, the number of affected people remains as high as 5.2 million, according to the Humanitarian Country Team estimates. About 1.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are registered across the country by the Ministry of Social Policy as of March.

WHO calls on governments to bring health services closer to people   5 April 2019 | Kyiv — On World Health Day 2019, WHO calls on leaders to invest in primary health care as the smartest step towards universal health coverage. Between 70 and 80% of people’s health needs throughout their lifetime can be met with strong primary health care, from health promotion to disease prevention through vaccination, treatment and management of long-term health conditions, rehabilitation, palliative care and medicines.

(KYIV, 4 APRIL 2019) - On the International Mine Awareness Day, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Ms. Osnat Lubrani calls for the greater protection of millions of men, women and children who live, work and go to schools in the areas littered with landmines and other explosive hazards in eastern Ukraine.

Twenty police stations renovated, 10 specialized public order and 20 community policing vehicles provided and 336 sets of personal protective equipment handed over to the National Police of Ukraine. These are the results of the two-year EU-funded project 'Support to Police Reform in Ukraine’ (SPRU), implemented jointly by the Swedish Police and UNOPS, with the support of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM).

Anife Kurtseitova has been an activist fighting for the rights of the Crimean Tatar community. After moving to Kyiv she founded NGO Krymska Rodyna to maintain traditions, cultural heritage and create a family atmosphere that is so necessary in these difficult times.

March 25, 2019, Lviv, Ukraine – Farmers from conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine visited Lviv oblast on the western border past week as part of a study tour organized by FAO to promote the exchange of experience amongagricultural entrepreneurs. The 17 participants were representatives of the agrarian sector of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.