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On International Anti-Corruption Day, UNDP in Ukraine focuses on educating the youth on ethical and corrupt-free behaviours through a comprehensive multimedia course introduced today in Ukrainian schools to ensure the integrity of Ukraine’s future professionals and curb this serious crime that undermines social and economic development in all societies.
UNDP brings together over 150 young people and women from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to design grassroot solutions to their specific economic and social challenges and provide insights into economic opportunities, business development, community mobilization, human rights, and protection against gender-based violence.
On the eve of the international Human Rights Day, the Ombudsperson’s Office and the Human Rights Information Centre unveiled the key findings of their joint Human Rights Baseline Study, supported by UNDP in order to help Ukraine address the human rights challenges it faces.
NACP with UNDP support has developed a training course aimed at raising state and local government officials’ awareness of the new anti-corruption legislation and equip them with practical tools to implement the new regulatory provisions.
On the occasion of International Volunteer Day, UN Development Programme in Ukraine, in partnership with UN Volunteers, organized workshops for volunteers and NGOs in Kramatorsk and Sievierodonetsk bringing together over 100 activists, young girls and boys, and NGOs in need to engage volunteers in their activities.
5th Civil Society Development Forum brought together 1200 Ukrainian civil society professionals to promote best practices that ensure the development of adequate skills and organizational capacities to ultimately enable civil society to effectively move the reform process forward in Ukraine.
The newly-created Luhansk Regional Development Agency has been provided with the necessary office equipment enabling it to start working on the region’s recovery and development.
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, through 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence will raise public awareness and mobilize people in Ukraine and everywhere in the world to change perceptions and behaviors.
Few weeks in UNDP’s renewed medicine procurement cycle for 2016, amounts contracted so far already show savings of USD 3 million compared to prices from 2015, which are immediately reallocated to the procurement of additional medicines to supply more patients suffering from rare diseases with essential treatment.
New UNDP assessment of the level of vulnerability of the health procurement sector’s integrity highlights the central role of the legislation, regulatory and management environments in allowing corruption and collusion to occur, and provides recommendations to effectively reform the Ukrainian health procurement system.
UNDP launches a nationwide campaign called “We Need Each Other” (#EachOther) to foster mutual understanding by pointing at the stereotypes and prejudices that hinder the inclusion of 1.7 million people forcibly displaced from the Donbas region and Crimea, to ultimately promote integration and social cohesion within Ukraine's communities.
On International Tolerance Day, the UN Development Programme brings together girls, boys, women and men from all ages, conditions and backgrounds in Kramatorsk, Donetsk, to promote tolerance, solidarity and non-violence in times of conflict, and to highlight the human rights challenges facing minorities, vulnerable groups and disabled people in their daily life.
UNDP uses USD 4 millions of savings to extend procurement to additional medicines and medical supplies. The delivery of around 60% of additional medicines is expected by the end of 2016.
Ukrainian public servants and civic activists in 13 cities across Ukraine will receive first-hand briefing on the relevant provisions of anti-corruption legislation and training to respond effectively to potential and actual conflicts of interest.
As COP22 unfolds in Morocco, the UNDP report points to inefficiencies in heating and hot water supply to Ukrainian houses, highlighting that the energy saving potential of the five regions which consume 41% of the country’s energy resources is worth USD 3.1 billion – almost half of Ukraine’s imports of natural gas. Setting targets, monitoring progress and effective enforcement are key to achieving greater energy efficiency.
UNDP handbook highlights 27 best practices and case studies to successfully address the challenges of internal displacement in Ukraine at a two-day forum which fostered knowledge and experience sharing between local communities.
While adopting different technical or legal shortcuts, Ukraine should not compromise on the fundamentals – it takes quality systems and the genuine political will of Ukrainians and their leadership to fight corruption.
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MOH) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a new agreement, which doubles the number of State health programs under which UNDP will procure medicines and medical products to Ukrainian patients for the budget year 2016.
“What is a lifestyle check? It is an investigation into the character and lifestyle of government officials and employees to determine consistency with their income. It presumes that government officials living extravagantly, beyond their means, may be involved in graft and corruption. It is anchored on freedom of information and access to important data.”
The Energy Efficiency Fund and the draft law introduced by Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Gennady Zubko at the UNDP Forum on “Energy Independence. Creating Energy Efficiency Fund” will pave the way to energy efficiency reform in Ukraine, create 75,000 jobs, attract over UAH 60 billion of investments in smart green projects for greater energetic independence and inject UAH 10 billion in State and local budgets.
"Despite the setbacks to be expected along the road, an effective asset declaration system that enjoys the trust of the Ukrainian people will be built, and it will allow Ukraine to move into a new era where corruption is an exception rather than the rule, and where public officials and civil servants are respected for serving the general public, rather than their own personal interests." BY MARCUS BRAND, UNDP Democratic Governance Advisor
Sustained support is required to help conflict-affected communities recover from the violence in Eastern Ukraine, said the UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of the UNDP in Europe and the CIS, as she concluded a four-day visit to the country.
"Now more than ever is the time to harness all the resources and capacities possible to support the communities affected by the conflict and make sure that people can ultimately put a roof over their heads, food on the table and send their children to school."
By CIHAN SULTANOGLU, UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of UNDP in Europe and the CIS.
Innovative and sustainable heating systems take ground in Kyiv: biomass boilers, if emulated, can cut public spending on heating in schools by up to 60%, and significantly contribute to Ukraine’s effort to improve its energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.
How to make democracy a reality in Ukraine and, most importantly, how quickly can it be done? This was the question discussed today by the leading European and Ukrainian reformers on a high-level panel discussion on ‘Parliaments and Comprehensive Democratic Reform’ at the Verkhovna Rada.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MOH) presented the one-year review of UNDP emergency medicine procurement: as of October 12th, 2016, the volume of drugs shipped to Ukraine reaches 98% of the total amount contracted, with budget savings and leftovers of over USD 4 million, allowing for additional procurement of life-saving treatments.
UNDP Eurasia experts team delivered a 2-day innovative training on UNDP-UNEP Sustainable Procurement approach to Ministry of Health specialists in public procurement healthcare, in order to help government officials design and implement sustainable public procurement policies that equally factor in the social, economic and environmental impact of their operations.
Line managers at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine are now equipped with sound knowledge to prevent conflicts of interest.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at boosting collaboration toward achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
As Ukraine comes under review by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in February 2017, women's rights activists groups draw up their lists of issues and questions to guide the CEDAW Committee’s examination of the State periodic report on compliance with CEDAW’s requirements.
After supporting the development of the e-Declaration system for officials’ assets to support institutional reform and fight against corruption in Ukraine, UNDP has handed over the software package to the National Agency on Corruption Prevention, upon the successful tests results, clarification of all legal safeguards and validation by all State agencies involved in its development.
New pellet fuel producing workshop is expected to benefit 10,000 people, reduce schools’ energy spending and create 18 new jobs in the Andriivka village and its neighbourhood in the Donetsk Oblast.