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 Millennium 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.