25 September 2015 – A bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted today by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of a three-day Summit on Sustainable Development.

GENEVA, 25 September 2015 (UNHCR) - On Wednesday, the authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People`s Republic in eastern Ukraine, decided to expel with immediate effect the international staff of humanitarian agencies, including UNHCR, from the areas they control.

(New York, 24 September 2015) -  I am alarmed by news that the de facto authorities in eastern Ukraine have ordered UN agencies in Luhansk to end operations and to leave the area by tomorrow, 25 September.

18 September 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, today called on the Ukrainian Government and the armed groups operating in the country to put into place a proper system of accountability in order to bringing the current cycle of violence to an end.

15 September 2015 – A major priority for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly is to ensure that all actors move swiftly to deliver on the promises being made for sustainable development, the President of the 193-member body said today.

GENEVA (8 September 2015) – Close to 8,000 people have lost their lives in eastern Ukraine since mid-April 2014, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Tuesday as he released the 11th report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

KYIV, 7 September 2015 – Today, UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation launched a local initiative to provide conflict-affected children in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine with high quality play materials to continue their development and learning. Children in 48 schools, 62 kindergartens, and 10 Community Protection Centres located in government-controlled areas will benefit from this initiative.

KYIV, 4 September 2015 – UNICEF and WHO call on parents in Ukraine to vaccinate their children, as efforts are urgently underway to distribute vaccines to all areas of the country, following a confirmed polio outbreak. Polio is an infectious disease that can cause paralysis or even death.

GENEVA,Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (UNHCR) - This past weekend, UNHCR managed to deliver humanitarian aid to Horlivka and nearby areas in Eastern Ukraine not-controlled by the Government for the first time in several weeks. Thirteen UNHCR trucks carrying 260 metric tons of shelter materials and basic relief items travelled with support from WFP and partners and delivered reinforced plastic sheets, timber, plywood, roofing sheets, cement and other construction materials for acute and medium repairs, as well as basic relief items.

On 28 August 2015, the WHO Regional Office for Europe was notified of two confirmed cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) in Ukraine.

24 August 2015, Kramatorsk, Ukraine – A total of 7,000 three-week-old chickens are being distributed this week to small farms in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Provision of the birds is the latest move by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help vulnerable households whose livelihoods have been compromised by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

19 August 2015 - After the start of the conflict in the east of the country in 2014, the Government and people of Ukraine have been facing a humanitarian crisis on a scale that the country has never experienced. Overall, 5 million Ukrainians have been affected and need humanitarian assistance. This is equivalent to about 11 per cent of the whole population of the country - or almost one in nine.

GENEVA/KYIV, 17 August 2015 – The first consignment of vital antiretroviral medications for adults and children living with HIV in conflict-affected zones in eastern Ukraine arrived by air in Ukraine today.  Further consignments will follow shortly.

Ukraine, 16 August (Kyiv) – The United Nations in Ukraine launches the 70-day countdown to the UN Day (24 October), when the Charter of the United Nations came into force in 1945.

5 August 2015 – The United Nations System organizations - UNDP, UNICEF and WHO, in response to the request from the Government and the Parliament of Ukraine, will assist in procuring medicines for seven National Programmes, as well as in provision of capacity support for setting up a national system of medicine procurement in the next few years.

KYIV, 5 August 2015 – Only 1 in 4 internally displaced infants under the age of six months is exclusively breastfed in Ukraine. UNICEF and WFP today called on those involved in the emergency response in eastern Ukraine to stop distribution of infant formula and promote breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children.

30 July 2015 - On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released new data about the threats of irregular migration and human trafficking in Ukraine.

29 July 2015 – The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released today.

28 July 2015 - Supported by its donors, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is expanding its cash assistance programmes to serve the needs of the most vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine.

The Platform itself will be launched in September, but further details are available on the Platform website (see: or by contacting Mr. Stan Veitsman, the Peace and Development Advisor, on