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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.

21 March 2019 – The United Nations proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate the importance of forests of all types. Each year, events scattered around the world celebrate the contribution of trees to our lives. Under the motto “Learn to Love Forests!” the focus for 2019 is on the role of education in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Explore these 10 reasons we love forests, and get engaged in a local campaign!  

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) invites  you to the opening of a photo exhibition entitled Water Under Fire on Friday 22 March at 12:00 on Sagaydachnogo Street in Kyiv, The exhibition is dedicated to World Water Day 2019, and is supported by the Government of Germany.

19 March 2019, Kyiv – Antimicrobial agents play a critical role in reducing morbidity and mortality of human and animal diseases all over the world. However, the emergence and spread of resistance to many of these agents decreases their efficiency, threatening the effectiveness of otherwise successful treatments.

Kyiv – Ukraine made an additional important step forward to the best international practices in migration management this week, with the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) Country Profile validated at an IOM-organized meeting in Kyiv. Download file

KYIV (12 March 2019) – Most of the recommendations made in Ukraine by the UN Human Rights Office over the past five years have not been implemented and remain valid, says a UN report published today on the human rights situation in Ukraine.

Gloria Steinem, a world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist, once explained, “The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

4 March 2019, Kyiv - Ukraine, due to its geographical closeness to the European Union (EU) and their recently signed free trade agreement, is committed to align its food safety and quality systems with EU standards.

Tackling informal employment is a priority of the Ukrainian Government and ILO has been supporting the country since 2016 in fighting undeclared work. Recently Government came out with new data showing that undeclared work is in decline and that enrollment in the social security system is significantly increasing.

Trade unions across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) experience that the rights of workers are under threat and have voiced concerns over attempts to undermine organized labour. Although the region has an impressive track record of ratifications of ILO Core Conventions, the concerns over the lack of implementation of laws and lack of access to workers’ rights remain.