UNICEF is the global leader promoting and protecting children’s rights in 190 countries, including Ukraine


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. Since then, the children’s agency has been working to improve the lives of children and families throughout Ukraine.

Over the years, UNICEF has increased its support to the Government of Ukraine to develop health, nutrition, education and protection programmes for children. UNICEF advocates for children’s right to participation and prioritises actions for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Recognizing that the well being of children is closely linked to the situation of their mothers, UNICEF also works to help women in Ukraine to better their health and education, and protect their rights.


All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.


UNICEF implements a programme of cooperation in Ukraine that reflects the country’s pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals that include improving maternal health, reducing child mortality, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and protecting the vulnerable and promoting gender equality.

UNICEF programmes are being implemented in Kyiv, Crimea, Odessa, Donetsk, Lviv, Kherson, Sumy, Ivano-Frankivsk, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Rivne, Khmelnytsky, Chernigiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, Mykolayiv.

UNICEF is funded by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

UNICEF Representative in Ukraine

Lotta Sylwander appointed as UNICEF Representative in Ukraine


Ms. Lotta Sylwander joined as UNICEF Representative in Ukraine in March 2019. Ms. Sylwander brings with her over three decades’ of substantive experience in the social development sector, garnered from leadership positions she held in many regions across the world where she championed the cause of children and women.

Prior to her appointment in Ukraine, Ms. Sylwander served as the UNICEF Representative in Philippine since 2014. In this capacity, she was responsible for planning, implementation and evaluation of a broad range of UNICEF programmes, both developmental and humanitarian, benefiting children and women in Philippines.

Earlier, Ms. Sylwander served as the UNICEF Representative to Viet Nam from 2010-2014 and she was UNICEF Representative in Zambia from 2006-2010

Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Sylwander served as Deputy Director General and Director of the Africa Department at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). She held this position from 2001-2006.

A Swedish citizen, Ms. Sylwander holds an equivalent to MSc. in Social Anthropology. Ms. Sylwander began her career in NGO work in Sweden and spent time in the Philippines in the 1980s. A university lecturer at the University of Stockholm, she worked as Socio-Economist for UNDP in Zimbabwe (1990-94) and later worked as an independent development consultant. She first joined Sida in 1996 as a Social Development Advisor in South Africa and later held positions as the Senior Social Development Advisor and Special Advisor on HIV and AIDS at Sida headquarters in Stockholm.