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


UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to reach the most vulner­able children and young people who are most in need. We work to save their lives. To protect their rights. To keep them safe from harm. To give them a childhood in which they are protected, healthy, and educated. To give them equal opportunities to fulfil their potential so that someday they can build a better world.

UNICEF is the world’s leading voice for children and young people as well as the voice of the children themselves. In everything we do, we work to engage and empower young people to have a voice in the deci­sions that affect their lives.

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


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. Over the years, UNICEF has supported the Government of Ukraine with nearly US$ 130 mil­lion assistance to develop health, water and sanitation, education and children’s rights protection pro­grammes.

Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF has been working to fulfill core commitments to meet the humanitarian needs of children, in particular access to ed­ucation, psychosocial assistance, water and sanitation, mine risk ed­ucation, maternal and child health care, and services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The main goal of the UNICEF pro­gramme for Ukraine for 2018-2022 is to contribute to the progressive realization of the rights of all chil­dren in Ukraine and to the reduction of equity gaps, maintaining a balance between human­itarian, recovery and development interventions, incor­porating conflict-supportive programming and peace building in the framework of ongoing key reforms in so­cial sectors and decentralization.

Over the next 5 years, UNICEF in Ukraine will focus on five main outcomes for children:

1.Social inclusion and state policy for children

Promoting social inclusion by supporting integrated and equitable social protection policies

2. Child protection in all circumstances

Enhancing the social welfare and justice systems to ensure protection services, including alternative family care and child-friendly justice

3. Education for all children

Expanding access to inclusive and quality school educa­tion and early learning for all children

4. Early years of healthy life and beyond

Focusing on re-establishing universal immunization cov­erage and achieving the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV

5. Water and sustainable environment

Improving equitable access to safe drinking water in conflict-affected areas and improving hygiene practices in communities, schools and health facilities.

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.