How the UN is Supporting the People of Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee their homes ⁠— sometimes with little more than the clothes on their backs. Others remain trapped in besieged areas without access to food, water, or essential services.

Right now, the UN is stepping up to deliver lifesaving aid to those in need by providing emergency food, water, shelter, and medical care to the most vulnerable, including women, children, and the elderly.

Amid the ongoing destruction, humanitarian needs continue to rise – but resources are falling short.

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The UN is scaling up the delivery of emergency aid and support to people across Ukraine and neighboring areas — particularly women, children, elderly people, and those with disabilities. There are now more than 1,000 UN personnel in Ukraine working in eight humanitarian hubs.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

IAEA is monitoring the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear power reactors and providing technical assistance on the ground. Learn more.

UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)

More than half of Ukraine’s children have been displaced by the conflict. UNICEF is supporting health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, access to safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families affected by the violence. Learn more.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO is helping journalists cover the conflict in Ukraine by providing protective equipment and training on hostile environments. The agency is also mapping how host countries can support education needs for Ukraine’s youngest refugees. Learn more.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

OCHA is coordinating the humanitarian response across the entire UN system to massively scale up services as quickly and effectively as possible. Learn more.

UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

Fighting in Ukraine has destroyed hospitals and disrupted access to healthcare, putting girls and women at grave risk. UNFPA is deploying trained personnel, mobile clinics, hygiene supplies, and emergency reproductive health kits to protect the lives of mothers and their babies. The agency is also providing specialized spaces and services for survivors of gender-based violence. Learn more.

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

In response to the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, UNHCR is delivering core relief items — such as emergency shelters, thermal blankets, and sleeping mats — as well as providing specialist protection services for children traveling alone and people with disabilities. Learn more.

UN World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is providing emergency food assistance to families affected by the conflict in Ukraine, including cash, vouchers, ready-to-eat foods, and freshly baked bread. Learn more.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has opened an operations hub in Rzeszów, Poland, deploying emergency medical teams and supplies across the border. The agency has also developed a pipeline of trauma kits to most Ukrainian cities, each of which contains enough surgical equipment and antiseptics to save the lives of 150 wounded people. Learn more.


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Photos and Video

A Ukrainian family crosses the border in Romania after fleeing for safety. Photo: Alex Nicodim/UNICEF
A refugee camp established at the “Manej” Athletics Sports Centre in Chisinau, Moldova houses more than 650 people. Photo: Eduard Bîzgu/ UNFPA Moldova
On April 20, 2022 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, a man places his hand to the window of a train car as he says goodbye to his wife and children before they depart on a special evacuation train. Photo: Ashley Gilbertson VII /UNICEF
On April 18, 2022, a man walks past destroyed apartment buildings in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Ashley Gilbertson VII /UNICEF