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UNICEF in Ukraine

UNICEF works across 190 countries and territories to reach the children and young people who are most at risk and 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 a fair chance to fulfil their potential, so that someday, they can build a better world.

UNICEF is the world’s leading voice for – and with – children. In all we do, we work to engage and empower young people to have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

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 of aid to develop health, water and sanitation, education and protection programmes for children.

Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF works to fulfill the core commitments for children in humanitarian action, including access to education, psychosocial support, water and sanitation, mine risk education, maternal and child health and HIV and AIDS services.

The main goals of the UNICEF country programme (2018-2022) are:

  • to contribute to the progressive realization of the rights of all children in Ukraine;
  • to reduce equity gaps;
  • maintain a balance between humanitarian, recovery and development interventions;
  • incorporate conflict-supportive programming; and
  • build peace in the framework of on-going key reforms in social sectors and decentralization.

Over the next five years, UNICEF in Ukraine will focus on five following main areas:

Convention on the Rights of the Child

For every child, every right.

Thirty years ago, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international agreement on childhood. 

It’s become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world. 

But still not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood. Still, too many childhoods are cut short. 

It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, business and communities fulfil their commitments and take action for child rights now, once and for all. They must commit to making sure every child, has every right.

Programme Areas

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

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

Fostering social inclusion by supporting integrated and fair social protection policies

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

Making sure that all children in Ukraine, including children out-of-school, living with disabilities and in conflict-affected areas, can enjoy quality pre-school, primary and secondary education.

Emergency response to conflict in eastern Ukraine

UNICEF supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict In our commitment to continue working towards these long-term goals, UNICEF is appealing for more than $30 million to provide these and other essential services critical to the well-being of the children on eastern Ukraine.

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