13 February 2012, KYIV –UN Resident Coordinator Mr.Olivier Adam and Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Nina Karpachova signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Ombudsman’s office and the UN Office in Ukraine.

The Memorandum aims to intensify efforts in such important areas as:

  • Ukraine’s accession to the core international human rights treaties, in particular (the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (1990), the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (2006), the Optional Protocol to the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2008);
  • establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism in Ukraine as foreseen by the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (2003);
  • raising public awareness about and advocating for the human rights of vulnerable groups including, but not limited to, HIV/AIDS affected persons, people with disabilities, most vulnerable groups of children, including street children and orphans, stateless persons, asylum seekers and refugees, and promotion of gender equality;
  • promoting key principles within the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework for business and human rights;
  • cooperation to raise awareness of the danger of issues of racism, xenophobia, neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism, other forms of discrimination and intolerance.
  • coordination of efforts to ensure effective preparation, submission and consideration by the Human Rights Council of the national report of Ukraine within the Universal Period Review.

“Our cooperation under the memorandum will serve to foster all aspects of human rights - civil, political, social economic, cultural - without exclusions. We will develop joint initiatives to promote best international human rights standards, to support Ukraine’s accession to all core international human rights treaties, to adapt when necessary the domestic legal framework, to raise public awareness about individual human rights and corresponding obligations of duty-bearers, primarily the state. We will support human rights education and dissemination of publications, and work to further strengthen the capacities of the Ombudsman institution in Ukraine.”, - underlined Olivier Adam.

“The Annual Report of the Commissioner for Human Rights issued recently to the Ukrainian Parliament points out systematic problems in the area of human rights, which we will have to solve together. The signing of this important document marks a good tradition of cooperation between the Ombudsman institution and the UN Office on Ukraine”, - said Nina Karpachova.

The conclusion of the Memorandum will step up cooperation of the UN system agencies in Ukraine and of the Ukrainian Ombudsman in promoting international standards of human rights in Ukraine and in raising awareness of these issues in the Ukrainian society. The Memorandum will play an important role in facilitating the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by Ukraine.

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Additional information

The UN Office in Ukraine has been operating upon the invitation of the Government of Ukraine since 1992. Today the blue flag of the United Nations rises above its office located at the address 1 Klovsky uzviz, 1.

The following UN institutions work in Ukraine: UN Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Organization for Migration, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Health Organization, International Labor Organization, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The country also hosts associated UN organizations, such as International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and International Finance Corporation (IMF) which is a member of the World Bank Group. These organizations work in different areas and with their own strategies, but are united by an overriding strategic goal: to assist the people of Ukraine in their efforts to build a better future for the country.

For further information please contact Victoria Andrievska, UN in Ukraine Communications Officer, via andrievska@un.org or call (044) 254 0035.