UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative visited Western Ukraine to discuss further cooperation

08 Jul 2013

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UN Resident Representative and UNDP Resident Representative Alessandra Tisot visited Kamyanets-Podilsky and Chernivtsi and met with representatives of academia, the local community and authorities to take stockof progress made and to discuss how it can befurther enhanced.

During her visit to Kamyanets-Podilsky the UN official met with the town mayor and members of the Club of Young Peacekeepers. Ms. Tisot thanked the children for sharing and upholding UN values and expressed her hope that in the future they will apply the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired at the club to promote peace, justice and the well-being of all of the people on the planet.

“You are the future. Very soon many of you will become the leaders of your country. I want you to become inspired and passionate about addressing the challenges that underlie sustainable human development in Ukraine and throughout the globe”, she said.

During the meeting with the Mayor of Kamyanets-Podilsky, Mr. Symashkevych, the town official thanked UNDP and GEF Small Grants Programm for supporting an innovative project aimed at safe utilization of mercury-containing light bulbs, which was piloted in the town.

“We have a common goal in Ukraine - to help the people of Ukraine to improve their livesand develop the local infrastructure by implementing energy efficiency programs at the locallevel. I was particularly impressed by your comprehensive approach to the implementationof the socio-economic development of the city. Your European approach, your openness to change and innovation are the keys to the success of this process,”- underlined Ms. Tisot.

During her visit to Chernivtsi UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative Alessandra Tisot met with Mr. Georgiy Galets, First Deputy Governor of Chernivtsi Oblast. Ms. Tisot thanked Mr. Galets for region’s partnership in MDG’s localization and discussed possibilities for further cooperation based on the needs of accelerating MDG’s progress set for Chernivtsi Oblast and the  reion's development priorities. Vadym Zakrevsky, Advisor to the Governor has suggested cooperation in Human Development Assessment methodology, in particular in developing and piloting the revised Human Development index (HDI) methodology that would be based on more comprehensive data sources.

Speaking about CBA project, First Deputy Governor Galets called it “an extremely good tool for mobilizing communities, in particular [now] when the new community organizations and local leaders are being formed in the region. I am confident that these projects will beefficient and effective as unifying platforms for the civil society, " – he added. 

In addition, Ms. Tisot visited Chernivtsi National University and met with its Rector Mr. Stepan Melnychuk. The UN official underlined the University’s important role in the cultural and educational life of the region and congratulated University leadership on including the University central building on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative highlighted the importance of preserving the architectural ensemble for future generations.

“Chernivtsi National University should remain a stronghold of educational traditions, free and independent, it should preserve and further enhance its strong academic standards and reputation, and maintain its status as a flagship in terms of innovative research and academic achievements for the improvement of quality of life”, Ms.Tisot emphasized.

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