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"I am pleased to announce with United States Ambassador Kelly Craft the donation of 250,000 protective face masks, just located in United Nations stores in New York, to the United States.  

Kyiv, 26 March In conjunction with the launch of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine Ms. Osnat Lubrani today issued the “Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” calling for US$ 165 million.

Conflict-related civilian casualties in Ukraine (1) February 2020 From 1 to 29 February 2020, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded five conflict-related civilian casualties (one killed and four injured), a 58.3 per cent decrease compared with January 2020:

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 

8 March 2020, Kyiv. "The theme of 2020 International Women’s Day is: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. Today, I call on the Presidency and the new Government of Ukraine to be Generation Equality and make Ukrainian women’s rights a reality! You have the power and the opportunity to make this happen!

In Ukraine, there are six and a half million young people (aged 10 to 24), or one sixth of the total population, who will soon begin defining the future of the entire country. Young people make decisions that affect both their own well-being and that of their families, communities and of the entire nation.

With nearly $1.1 million of funding from the government of Japan, UNOPS procured and delivered medical equipment for hospitals in Kharkiv and Lviv, Ukraine.  The equipment will help enhance the capacities of the medical facilities to provide efficient and timely medical service to more than 30,000 patients a year. 

The United Nations in Ukraine stands with the people and the Government of Ukraine as this country – like many others around Europe and the world - grapple with a global health emergency. We commend the President and the Government for its robust and compassionate response and support to people in need. It is heart-warming to see local people now showing their solidarity with evacuated people. The UN agencies present in Ukraine are working to advance sustainable development - including in support of the Government’s emergency preparedness and any possible response measures
Kyiv, 21 February 2020 - The attack on the evacuated Ukrainian citizens last night in Novi Sanjary, Poltava oblast has no place in today’s Ukraine. These men and women have already undergone a traumatic period of protracted isolation and deserve to have dignity as they return to Ukraine safely.

Between January and February 2014, during Ukraine’s months-long Maidan protests, eighty-three protestors, thirteen law-enforcement officers, a journalist and one bystander were killed or died violently. Six years on, weaknesses in the justice system have prevented investigations and prosecution of perpetrators from progressing further.

The use of torture and ill-treatment to intimidate, punish, humiliate or extract confessions is a systemic human rights problem in Ukraine, with the ongoing armed conflict that broke out in the east of the country in April 2014 further exacerbating it.  The conflict has so far taken more than 13,000 lives, including at least 3,349 civilians.  Since 2014, hundreds of men and women  have been detained, tortured, ill-treated or endured sexual violence,both in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘republics’ in the east and in the territory controlled by the Government. 

 (Kyiv, 29 January 2020): The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Ms. Osnat Lubrani today launched an appeal worth of US$158 million to provide humanitarian aid and protection to 2 million most vulnerable people in the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine in 2020.

TEN YEARS TO TRANSFORM OUR WORLD The Sustainable Development Goals—our shared vision to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a peaceful world—are gaining global momentum. With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise—by mobilizing more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to make the Global Goals their own.  

December 2019 From 1 to 31 December 2019, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded three conflict-related civilian casualties, a 25 per cent decrease compared with November 2019. A man was killed by SALW[2] fire in Government-controlled part of Donetsk region; a man was injured by light weapons fire in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’; and a man was injured as a result of ERW handling[3] in Government-controlled part of Donetsk region.

January 1, 2020 saw the launch of the UN75 initiative - the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all. The initiative will see the UN spark dialogues throughout 2020 in diverse settings across the world.  In a ‘global reality check’, four innovative data streams will build the first ever repository of crowd-sourced solutions to major global challenges. 

On 12 December world is commemorating Universal Health Coverage Day, this date is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for all nations to provide for their citizens affordable, quality health care. UN in Ukraine met with chief WHO person in Ukraine to discuss situation with health coverage in the country, improvements and potential challenges that health system in Ukraine is facing nowadays.

“We had been waiting for this home for 35 years, we lived there for three months, and now we are homeless,” Liudmyla, a pensioner who had worked all her life at a factory, told us standing in an empty damp room in Adviidka, 15 Vorobiova Street. 

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world.  A staggering 1 in 3 (33%) women have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a global issue that affects all countries through various forms, including sexual abuse, domestic violence and sex trafficking.  In some countries globally, the situation is even worse with some 70% of women and girls reporting they have experienced violence due to their gender. Worldwide around 15 million adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 have experienced forced sex in their lifetime. Based on data from 30 countries, only 1% of adolescent girls who have experienced forced sex reached out for professional help.  Violence – be it sexual, physical, psychological and/or economical – occurs anywhere at any time, whether that is in private or public spaces. GBV has both immediate and long-term physical, mental and sexual impacts on women and girls, ultimately affecting their well-being and preventing them from fully participating in the society. GBV does not only cause pain and suffering but also devastates families, undermines workplace productivity, diminishes national competitiveness, and stalls development. A multi-sectoral approach is the most effective way to prevent and respond to GBV. Strong partnerships and joint interventions between governments, organizations and civil societies are instrumental in providing the required support to women and girls who are exposed to or survived violence. Moreover, international studies demonstrate that each $1 invested in GBV prevention saves the economy $5 to $20 in future service costs. 

NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 November 2019  The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 concluded in the Kenyan capital, with 170 countries making bold commitments to transform the world by ending all maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls by 2030. “The Nairobi Summit represents a renewed, re-energized vision and community working together to act and deliver. Together, we will make the next ten years a decade of action and results for women and girls, keeping their rights and choices at the center of everything we do,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem. The Summit, co-convened by the governments of Kenya and Denmark with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, unveiled critical new data about the cost of achieving these goals. It mobilized more than 1,200 commitments from around the world, including billions of dollars in pledges from public and private sector partners. It also raised the voices of marginalized communities, youth and grassroots advocates, who were able to directly engage heads of state and policymakers about how to realize the rights and health of all people.   The Summit opened with the release of new research showing the price tag to achieve “three transformative results” -- zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning, and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices -- within the next decade. The total cost to the world would be $264 billion, according to the analysis by UNFPA and the Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with Victoria University, the University of Washington and Avenir Health. Summit attendees then stepped up with specific and concrete commitments to help the world reach these ambitious, but achievable, goals. Pledges were made by governments, civil society, youth groups, faith-based organizations, academia and many more.  Governments including Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, together with the European Commission, committed around $1 billion in support. The private sector also stepped in: Children’s Investment Fund (CIF), The Ford Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Philips, World Vision and many other organizations announced that they will mobilize some $8 billion in combined new pledges. Over 9,500 delegates from more than 170 countries took part in this radically inclusive conference, uniting behind the Nairobi Statement, which establishes a shared agenda to complete the ICPD Programme of Action.  Ukrainian Minister of Social Policy Yulia Sokolovska voiced out Ukrainian commitments. Ukraine seeks to have a zero tolerance for domestic violence, which will help identify and respond effectively to all cases. About 70% of Ukrainian girls and women have experienced violence.  “Our mission is to reduce a number of cases of gender-based violence, and to provide easy and convenient access to quality and comprehensive services for all victims, including legal protection, social and psychological assistance, medical assistance and rehabilitation. We need to do everything so that society in Ukraine will have zero tolerance for violence and counteracts this phenomenon and the abusers will receive punishment. At the beginning of the next year, we plan to take an important step in combating violence - we are talking about establishing a 24-hour call center on combating human trafficking, preventing and combating domestic violence and the creation of the Unified Register of Domestic Violence Cases and Gender-Based Violence”, said Minister Yulia Sokolovskaya.  Ukraine in Nairobi Summit was also represented by Oleksandr Yarema, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Alexei Zhmerenetsky, Member of Parliament, Maria Efrosinina, the Honorary Ambassador of UNFPA in Ukraine, Prof. Ella Libanova, Director of the Ptoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and by representatives of NGOs - Centre Corporate Social Responsibility, Teenergizer and Positive Women, and FC Shakhtar's manager of social projects.
Families demand investigation and fair trial. Amidst global insecurity for journalists and rights activists, Ukraine has suffered from a string of attacks and killings, against the backdrop of the five-year long armed conflict in the east, the occupation of Crimea and all-pervading corruption. In most cases, impunity prevails. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine is calling for effective investigation in all cases. It is also supporting judicial and legal reforms in the country, and is advising the Government in ensuring accountability.