7 December 2015 - Representatives of the Ukrainian government, UN, expert community and the civil society, presented the National Report “Millennium Development Goals. Ukraine: 2000 to 2015” on the progress achieved by Ukraine over the last 15 years.

The National Report “MDGs. Ukraine: 2000 to 2015” highlights the status of implementation of the MDG targets by objectives and corresponding criteria. Over the fifteen years, poverty level has been reduced; child mortality has decreased almost twice; maternal health has improved; HIV prevalence rates have slowed down and success has been gained in the fight against tuberculosis. Work must be continued to honor the commitments for improvement of education quality, ensuring gender equality and improvement of the environment.

In order to solve problems that remain topical, and in response to new challenges, the world leaders adopted a new program - “Sustainable development goals” - aimed at achieving, by 2030, 17 ambitious goals to overcome poverty and hunger, reduce inequalities, ensure peace and justice, etc. Ukraine adapts the SDGs according to its national context – in 2016, national targets and indicators of achievement will be developed; that work is coordinated by Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the M.V. Ptukha Institute of Demography and Social Studies of the NAS of Ukraine, in cooperation and with the support of the UN system in Ukraine.

Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator, highlighted the important role of the government and civil society: “The continued commitment of the Government to implementing the new development agenda will be critical to the successful recovery and development of Ukraine. But I would like to highlight: Government is not in this alone. Ukraine is in the middle of an economic and security crisis. Every citizen must assume his or her share of responsibility to move the country forward. It begins with the definition of the Ukraine you want, it moves into community mobilization, action on results as well as monitoring progress and pressuring the Government to take the most critical actions that only Government can do. I am optimistic, the spirit of solidarity and volunteerism that has characterized the Ukrainian response to crisis speaks to what this country can do.”

In his speech at the UN Summit for the adoption of the Development agenda beyond 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stressed the importance of sustainable development for Ukraine: “In order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals at the national level, Ukraine will carry out new programs and projects that will ensure practical macroeconomic stability, environmental balance and social cohesion. SDGs will serve as a common foundation for further reforms in Ukraine”.