UNDP Ukraine has assisted the government in localizing the 2030 Agenda, identifying synergies and recognizing the interconnectedness of transnational, national, regional and local policy frameworks.
The National Baseline Report “SDGs: Ukraine” was developed by the High-Level Working Group on SDGs and publicly launched in September 2017. The preparation of the report was preceded by 50 national and regional consultations reaching over 25,000 Ukrainians, facilitated by UN/UNDP. The outcomes of consultations are presented in the Local Consultations Report and the National Consultations Report.
The MAPS mission took place in March 2018 and the report finalized and presented to the UNCT in August 2018. MAPS mission recommendations were presented to the High-Level Working Group on SDGs (headed by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and comprised of Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture, Deputy Ministers, Head of State Statistics Service and heads of UN agencies) in December 2018.
In September 2019, the president of Ukraine issued a decree to integrate the SDGs in all areas of national policy, following UN joint advocacy efforts.
UNDP supports the implementation of the national SDG online platform, building the monitoring and reporting capacities of the national government, and helping regional and local authorities implement them, in response to the recommendations of the MAPS mission.
UNDP developed three e-learning courses on SDGs for three target audiences: business leaders, civic activists and civil servants. These are to be launched in 2020, in partnership with the biggest open-course provider in Ukraine and top national universities.
All 24 regions in Ukraine now have SDG Baseline analytical studies, developed with support from UNDP. These reports are used to integrate SDG targets into regional development strategies, enabling authorities to make evidence-based decisions. In addition, a framework for monitoring progress towards the SDGs at the national level has been developed for communities and cities.
The SDG Area-Based Programme advances regional and local sustainable development through mobilizing communities, implementing energy-efficiency measures and promoting SDGs at the national, sub-national and local levels. Across all 24 oblasts, SDG Oblast Coordinators act as development integrators for the SDG-related activities of UNDP, UN agencies and other partners. This joint approach provides an excellent example of UN reform in action, and strongly anchors UNDP as an integrator.
Over 71,000 persons (53 percent women) in rural areas of Odesa and Chernivtsi oblasts have improved their living conditions through UNDP-supported community-driven initiatives in sustainable development (agricultural and non-agricultural businesses, and social infrastructure improvements). The success of these initiatives had a spill-over effect on other communities, who started their own community-development initiatives (e.g. annual communal cleaning of river banks, a village improvements competition, participatory local budget, and two more business initiatives). Notably, the majority of these activities are women-led, as women beneficiaries now feel more confident to lead in their communities, according to the external evaluation.
A reduction of energy consumption, and economic and environmental benefits were the outcomes of 30 micro project initiatives supported by UNDP. Over $40,000 in local funds were saved in rural communities with the lowest-income levels in Chernivtsi and Odesa oblasts on energy bills in public buildings. This also translates into a cut of 543 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
Over 825 home-owners associations in all 24 regions of Ukraine were created in 2019 with the support of UNDP. Some 4,655 women and men from these associations have built skills through 1,130 training sessions on self-governance, effective management of their own houses, and the energy efficiency of residential buildings.
Seven sustainable development initiatives, benefitting over 140,000 people are being piloted by UNDP, using a multi-stakeholder partnership approach. These initiatives replicate Sweden’s “Symbio-city approach” and integrate environmental, socio-cultural and economic solutions to develop urban and rural communities and foster collaboration between local and regional governments, councils, academia, civil society, and business institutions.