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  • A civil society that learns and grows Nov 21, 2017

    The Civil Society Development Forum is a unique national platform for discussion of key standards and practices for civil society organizational development. It promotes a capacity development culture among Ukrainian CSOs. The first Forum took place in 2012, and by 2017 it welcomed more than 1,700 participants. During the 6th Civil Society Development Forum, UNDP held debates and thematic master-classes. Opportunities to influence decision-making in Ukraine were discussed by human rights activists, civil society experts, representatives of the Government and Presidential Administration at the UNDP-facilitated session on "Freedom of Civil Society: A Step Forward or Backwards".

  • Changing journalism education: human rights as values foundation Nov 20, 2017

    Three out of four people in Ukraine say they find this information on TV, and 57% of respondents also acknowledged that TV shapes their view on human rights. Such a dependence on media points to the importance of boosting the understanding of human rights based approaches among media professionals. On 10 November 2017, heads of all Ukrainian journalism institutions of higher education, the Ombudsperson, and human rights activists gathered at the thematic meeting of the Scientific and Methodological Commission on Journalism and Information to discuss the ways and strategies to lead-up human rights in journalism.

  • Ukraine has received 200 recommendations in the UN on how to protect human rights Nov 20, 2017

    Recommendations were provided by delegations from 70 countries, participating in the UN Human Rights Council during an interactive dialogue in Geneva, which was held on November 15. On November 17, they were published by three rapporteur countries on reviewing the human rights situation in Ukraine, which included representatives from the Netherlands, Rwanda and Georgia.

  • Delegation from the Embassy of Japan to Ukraine visits UNICEF and UNDP programme sites in Luhansk region Nov 16, 2017

    A Delegation from the Embassy of Japan has visited conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine to assess programmes implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the financial support from the Government of Japan.

  • Good connections Nov 15, 2017

    Emergency services in Donetsk Oblast install secure and reliable conference call system with support from UNDP and EU.

  • Tracing medicine distribution: NGOs start collecting information on medicine delivery Nov 14, 2017

    In the last two and a half years, international procurement of medicines allowed Ukraine to save hundreds of millions Hryvnia, later used to purchase more medicines and ensure treatment to a larger number of patients. But once purchased, how are medicines distributed from the warehouse to different regions? Which public hospitals do they reach, and are the quantities planned efficiently? The Ministry of Health of Ukraine uses information provided by authorities in the regions to decide on the volume of medicine orders and their distribution to the regional level.

  • Entrepreneur from eastern Ukraine grows flowers on battlefield Nov 13, 2017

    Ukrainian directors have completed shooting inspirational videos about entrepreneurs from Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts for the "Big Stories About Small Business" competition, part of the social video advertising festival organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine and the Molodiya Festival. Fourteen young directors and their film crews shot 16 short, inspiring videos about the success stories of entrepreneurs who received a grant from UNDP to launch their own businesses in eastern Ukraine.

  • Youth learnt innovative practices of democratization and advocating for human rights in Zakarpattia and Chernihiv Nov 7, 2017

    Young people from different regions of Ukraine learned to apply innovative approaches to carrying out local initiatives during intense study visits to Zakarpattia and to Chernihiv, held this weekend. While in Zakarpattia, youth learnt best practices of democratization, and participants of the study visit to Chrnihiv gained a unique insight into the core problematic human rights issues in Ukraine.

  • “Big stories of small businesses”: Ukrainian filmmakers to present movies about successful entrepreneurs in eastern Ukraine Oct 27, 2017

    Ukrainian filmmakers are filming short motivation movies about entrepreneurs from eastern Ukraine for a video contest called “Big Stories of Small Businesses” run by the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) and the Molodiya Social Advertising Festival. According to the contest’s rules, filmmakers are to film videos about the success stories of entrepreneurs who won a grant from UNDP to launch or develop a business in eastern Ukraine.

  • Repaired kindergarten to serve 200 children in Ukraine’s conflict zone Oct 26, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) and the government of Japan have repaired the roof of a kindergarten in the frontline city of Svitlodarsk in Donetsk Oblast. Kindergarten No. 10, “The Rainbow”, was severely damaged by shelling during military hostilities in the winter of 2015. Due to shelling and long-term exploitation, the building’s roof was seriously damaged, which resulted in frequent leaks. Around 70 children attend the kindergarten, which has a staff of 30 employees. The kindergarten has facilities for up to 200 kids.

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