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IMG 3164  копияIn April 2015, a wooden pellet production facility was built and put into operation in village Bereztsi in Zhytomyr region of Ukraine with the support of the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP). The SGP project aims to achieve a significant impact on reducing the consumption of non-renewable natural resources in the region.

DSC 0146On April 22, within the framework of International Forum «Environment for Ukraine» a round table organized by the EU-NGOs grant project «Capacity Development for Sustainable Public Procurement in Ukraine», established a national platform for discussion of education for sustainable development (ESD), sustainable public procurement (SPP) and other important factors of green economy development in Ukraine. Scientists, project experts, representatives of more than 40 NGOs and leading educational institutions shared their knowledge and experience, presented best practices and developed new initiatives. 
In his speech Rector of State Environmental Academy of Postgraduate Education and Management, Focal Point on ESD process in Ukraine Prof. Dr. Oleksandr Bondar emphasized on the significant meaning of education and science in addressing current environmental challenges. He quoted the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who also stressed that the new economic development depends on three pillars: innovations, science and education. 

CBBxTT4WEAACSe8.jpg large21-23 March, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of the UN Development Group, Ms. Helen Clark, visited Ukraine to discuss ways of support for recovery, peacebuilding and democratic transformations in the country.

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In January 2015, Mr. Neal Walker, UN Resident Representative/UNDP Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, visited local communities in Zhytomyr region to review the progress of the GEF SGP projects.

Mr. Walker met with Mr. Oleksander Potienko, Head of Lutivka village council, GEF SGP National Steering Committee members and representatives of local community where he learned about GEF SGP project promoting energy efficiency. During the meeting, Mr. Potienko thanked UNDP and GEF SGP for supporting the project, which introduced energy efficiency practices at the community level through reconstruction and insulation of Lutivka village club. "We have a common goal to help people improve their lives and develop local infrastructure by implementing energy efficiency projects at the local level. I am impressed by your dedication and approach to the implementation of the socio-economic developments in the village. Your approach are the key to the success of this process" underlined Mr. Walker.

GEF SGP team in Ukraine presents results achieved due to the efforts of our grantees and partner organizations in 2014, including ecological and socio-economic indicators. We paid special attention to the SGP achievement related to women, youth and IDPs empowerment. In addition, we would like to share with you the SGP and GEF-CSO Network contribution to knowledge management and capacity development activities in Ukraine during last year.

We would like to thank you all for your dedication and contribution!

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1On October 9 and 10, 2013, the city of Sarny in Rivne region of Ukraine hosted the All-Ukrainian Environmental Forum  «Children for Environment: The Future We Want!", supported by the UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme within the framework of the GEF SGP Project “Ecological education of youth as a method to combat climate change”. The Forum was organised by the Children NGO "Environmental Club “Sprout” and other public organizations from the GEF SGP Non-governmental network in Ukraine. Words of sincere gratitude and support of the Forum participants were expressed in welcoming speeches by the Chief specialist of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Rivne Oblast State Administration V.S.Sovhut, Deputy Head of the Sarny District Administration T.Y. Sukhareva, the Sarny Mayor S.M. Yevtoshok, Vice President for Scientific and Educational Work of the State Environmental Academy of Postgraduate Education and Management V.E. Baranovska, Chairperson of the GEF SGP Steering Committee O.Yu. Brodsky, Director of the Sarny gymnasia school T.S. Shepel.

On September 5th, 2012, the UNDP Deputy Country Director, Ms. Elena Panova, Mr. Sergei Mikheev, Deputy Head of Lugansk Oblast State Administration, Mr. Zaza Zugbaya, Lugansk Deputy Mayor, and Mr. Vadym Reznik, Secretary of Aleksandrovsk town council, visited a kindergarten in the Teplychne settlement for an official presentation and overview of the GEF SGP projects’ results. Major activities of the projects included construction, renovation and insulation works.

The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by UNDP, provided financial support of US$ 149,415 for the implementation of three demonstration projects aimed at combating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas  (GHG) emissions in Ukraine.  The projects "Solar energy use for electricity production", “Community awareness raising on energy efficiency in public buildings; implementing energy saving measures in Oleksandrivsk” and “Renewable solar energy for water heating” are being carried out in the industrial region of Lugansk, among the Teplychne community with a population of 1,200 people.

United Nations in Ukraine, United Nations Development Programme, GEF Small Grants programme in Ukraine and UN Global Compact held a FootQuest on the 3rd of June, 2012 dedicated to the topic "Sustainable Development: Imagine the Future You Want." Quest was initiated in the frame of the global information campaign that aims to draw public attention to the concept of sustainable development and its task on the threshold of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio 20), which will be held in Rio-de-Janeiro from 20 to 22 June 2012.

4 May 2012, Kyiv – Over 70 civic leaders from Ukraine – youth activists, public officials, progressive village council heads, and academia gathered in the capital to discuss Ukraine’s progress in implementing UN Declaration on Sustainable Development and the role of local communities in reaching a balance between economic, social, and environmental development. The venue for the Civic Leaders Forum “From Local Initiatives to Global Changes” in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio +20” was chosen for a reason. Hosted in the Kyiv Botanical Garden, it was supposed to symbolize a balance, the recipe for which the global community will attempt to invent during the global summit in Brazil this June.

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