We are the United Nations Development Programme, or UNDP – the development arm of the United Nations. Around the world, we partner with government, civil society and the private sector to eliminate poverty, develop people’s capacity, achieve equitable results, sustain the environment, and advance democratic governance, leaving no one behind.

Our work worldwide is guided and informed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all member states of the United Nations in 2015. The agenda is a blueprint for ending poverty and other deprivations, improving health and education, reducing inequality, and fostering economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Since 1993, UNDP has been working in partnership with the government of Ukraine, UN agencies, development partners, civil society and local communities to help identify local solutions to meet global and national development challenges through a range of interventions that combine UNDP’s expertise and comparative advantage.

UNDP works in close collaboration with the government of Ukraine through a number of key ministries, departments and agencies. The implementation of UNDP programme activities are carried out by implementing partners as appropriate, including national and local government partners and civil society actors.

UNDP’s strategic objective in Ukraine is to assist the country in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals contained in the 2030 Agenda. Our work is based on three pillars:

In addition, UNDP Ukraine’s Accelerator Lab, established in September 2019 with our core partners – the State of Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany – works together with national and global partners to find radically new approaches that fit the complexity of current development challenges. Part of a network of 60 labs serving 78 countries, the lab team analyzes challenges within local contexts to identify connections and patterns in search of new avenues of work to act effectively in addressing urgent development issues.

New challenges

Ukraine was faced with new challenges following the outbreak of the conflict in the east of the country in April 2014, including the displacement of over a million people from the region, damage to infrastructure, and the undermining of social cohesion in the areas worst affected by the conflict – Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

UNDP, acting as integrator uniting the efforts of sister UN agencies, the Ukrainian government and international partners, has taken a leading role in a holistic response to these new challenges – the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme. Through the programme, UNDP is helping to restore critically important social and economic infrastructure and the effective work of local governments in eastern Ukraine, as well as to create jobs and spur entrepreneurship among internally displaced people and their host communities, at the same time promoting peace and reconciliation.

The global pandemic of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, threatens to undo progress made in Human Development in Ukraine and around the world. Since the beginning of this health crisis in Ukraine, UNDP has been at the forefront of the country’s response, aiding the government, the health and emergency services, and the general public with expertise, equipment and information to fight the disease.

Our results

UNDP has assisted the government of Ukraine in developing solutions for the transition from a planned to a market economy and for establishing democratic systems.  UNDP’s engagement and partnership with national and sub-national institutions has been a catalyst for laws and policies as well as strengthening institutions in preparing the country for deeper global integration.  

Special efforts are made to strengthen civil society to engage actively in the development process. Gender equality and women’s empowerment is another area where the work of UNDP has been recognized by national partners and civil society organizations.

In addition to the work at the policy level, UNDP has partnered with national and local authorities, community based organizations, private sector and UN agencies to deliver measurable improvements in people’s lives. 

More information

We are proud to present our 2019 Annual Report.

The Resident Representative heads the UN Country Team in Ukraine.

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