The Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Ukraine:
19 April 2021
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26 February 2021
From the people of Japan: state of art medical equipment for the hospitals in Ukraine
Irpin (Ukraine), 25 February 2021 – More than 18,000 patients will benefit annually from the diagnostic equipment that the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Takashi Kurai handed over to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anatolii Petrenko, in a ceremony at the Military Medical Centre in Irpin today. The digital x-ray is delivered within the “Emergency Assistance for the Healthcare System of Ukraine” project, implemented by UNOPS, with the financial support of the people of Japan of USD 1,736,545. Thanking the Government of Japan and the UNOPS for cooperation, Deputy Minister Petrenko, added his appreciation of the medical staff, and the “great job in rehabilitation and for being in the frontline of the struggle with COVID-19”. H.E. Takashi Kurai, the Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine, highlighted the continuous support of Japan to the country, in “its efforts for further democratisation and economic reforms since independence. Since 2014, Japan has allocated approximately USD 1.88 billion in grants and loans to Ukraine”. The Ambassador added that this year Japan will fund an additional project worth USD 1.75 million with UNOPS, for the medical assistance to the Ministry of Defence. “ This will increase the total amount of this kind of support to almost USD 6.5 million since 2014”. During 2020 project, UNOPS also procured equipment for the Military Medical Centre in Kharkiv - one surgical microscope and electrosurgical system for laparoscopy and Military Medical Centre in Lviv - x-ray system, one stationery digital x-ray system for two working spaces and one electrosurgical system for laparoscopy. Training was provided to all medical personnel who use the equipment. “At UNOPS, we are honored to be a part of this joint effort. We all know that modern medical equipment is vital for the health system of any country, especially for essential health services during the time of pandemic. UNOPS will continue maintaining the highest international standards in project management and procurement to ensure that the hospitals in Ukraine receive the best equipment possible”, Irina Sahakyan Vetter, UNOPS Ukraine Director, said. The Military Medical Clinical Centre in Irpin was established in 2014, and conducts around 18,000 radiographic diagnostics every year. The delivered digital x-ray system will contribute not only to the number of patients that can be diagnosed, but also to the quality of the imagery. Previous projects, implemented by UNOPS, with support of the people of Japan since 2016, provided the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine as well as the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine with modernised medical equipment, the National Police of Ukraine with the radio communications equipment, the State Emergency Services with the demining equipment, and the water company situated in the conflict-affected areas with the utility vehicles and personal protective equipment. About UNOPS UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. Organisation’s vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure and by the efficient, transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management. In response to the request of the Government of Ukraine, UNOPS opened an office in Ukraine in 2017, which provides a broad spectrum of services to the Government and the people of Ukraine. Currently, its portfolio of projects exceeds USD 65 million, and covers the areas of rule of law, crisis recovery, good governance, human resources management, and procurement. The projects have been funded by the European Union (EU), the Government of Ukraine, UNHCR, the Government of Japan, Government of Canada and others.
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12 March 2021
Women caught in armed conflict find ways to support each other
Nelia, 87 years old, lives in Zaitseve, Donetska oblast located just at the “contact line” – the 427-kilometre-long conflict’s frontline that divides eastern Ukraine into Government-controlled areas and those outside it. While the ceasefire established in late July 2020 brought marked reductions of hostilities, including in Nelia’s village, an echo of the armed conflict is still present in the abandoned homes, and the debris and glass shards lying around. Having survived one war, she now lives in the middle of another, fighting cancer and hoping that military clashes won’t return to her village. “During intense shelling, we were hiding in the neighbour’s basement and praying. I can’t count how many times we thought that was the end,” says Nelia. Being alone is particularly hard for her. Nelia is a former schoolteacher, and she used to communicate with a lot of people. She is now retired, and her son and granddaughter live far away. Despite such a challenging life, Nelia has learned to appreciate the little things and her lust for life is astonishing: she exercises every morning and tries to keep her house cozy and clean. She has also found a new “family” – volunteers who come by to help her out around the house and keep her company. One of Nelia’s volunteers, Lena, lives in the same village. She is 34 years old, with two children, a 12-year-old son with a disability and a 7-year-old daughter. After an attack on the school bus that was taking her kids to their school 15 kilometres away, she decided it was safer to send them to live with her mom in a bigger town. Lena stayed behind to take care of the house and farm animals, and now sees her two children only on weekends. Before she became a volunteer, she had worked at a factory bakery. The conflict disrupted the transport routes between her village and her job in the city, which is now located on the other side of the “contact line”. Now Lena helps Nelia and other elderly in Zaitseve village to fetch water and coal for the furnace, and to buy medicine and food. Just like the majority of essential frontline workers, most of the volunteers in the isolated settlements at the “contact line” are female. “There are no male volunteers in the area. All in all, we have just a few men left in the village,” says Lena. This is not at all surprising as women represent more than half of the population in need of assistance (1.9 million) and the majority of the vulnerable elderly population in the conflict-affected area. Thanks to the financial support of the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, both Nelia and Lena have received food vouchers from a project implemented by international non-governemtal organization (NGO) Triangle Génération Humanitaire (TCG). These vouchers allow women to save for other essential expenditures, such as buying fuel or paying to till the soil to prepare their gardens in spring. *the names of persons who appear in the story have been changed for privacy reasons
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28 July 2021
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