As the development arm of the United Nations, UNDP supports strategic capacity development initiatives to promote inclusive growth and sustainable human development. Through partnerships with national, regional, and local governments, civil society, and the private sector, UNDP strives to support Ukraine in its efforts to eliminate poverty, develop people’s capacity, achieve equitable results, sustain the environment, and advance democratic governance. Today Ukraine is facing its most serious challenges since achieving independence in 1991. The conflict in the east forced more than one million people to leave their homes to save their lives. Recovery and Peacebuilding of the conflict-affected areas, as well as support of internally displaced people (IDPs) are among the top priorities for UNDP in Ukraine. Humanitarian aid is very important but is not enough. There is an urgent need for systemic response to the needs of internally displaced and people living in conflict-affected areas that goes beyond provision of short-term shelters. Working in close partnership with international partners and Ukrainian government UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme employs a holistic approach responding to the needs of the people in need and strengthening social cohesion and mutual understanding, at the same time preventing excessive social pressure on the host communities UNDP is helping to restore critically important social and economic infrastructure and effective work of local governments in eastern Ukraine; to create jobs and spur entrepreneurship among IDPs and host communities; and to promote peace and reconciliation.
The main goal of UNDP is to support Ukraine on its sustainable human development path towards a more prosperous, democratic, inclusive and resilient state where no one is left behind and each voice is heard. We are guided by the Millennium Development Goals and the UN Conventions to which the Government of Ukraine is committed.