Deputy Head of the Office of the President Ihor Zhovkva met with UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator Osnat Lubrani
The main issue of the meeting was the support for Ukraine in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Ihor Zhovkva informed Osnat Lubrani about the daily work in the Office of the President of Ukraine of the coordination mechanism to counteract coronavirus and the direct efforts of the President to obtain the necessary practical and financial assistance.
Topical issues of further coordination of the work of state authorities with UN agencies on these issues were also discussed.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President thanked the UN representative for the assistance already provided to Ukraine for the purchase of medical equipment in the amount of $ 160 million.
The COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan announced by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which envisages the allocation of more than $ 30 million in aid to Ukraine, was separately noted. In this regard, Ihor Zhovkva said that this assistance should be allocated first and foremost to the regions that need it already today.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President called on the UN representative to promote the involvement of the WHO’s capacities for coordinating the cooperation of Ukrainian virologists working on the coronavirus vaccine with their foreign partners to consolidate relevant international efforts.
In addition, the parties stressed the need to continue Ukraine’s cooperation with the United Nations in order to elaborate in advance a viable plan of action for the reconstruction of Donbas.
Ihor Zhovkva also expressed hope for the further active support by the UN for the reform process in Ukraine, in particular the involvement of the Organization at the highest possible level in the work of the Conference on Reforms in Ukraine, which is planned to be held in Lithuania this summer.
The parties agreed to continue active contacts between Ukraine and the UN, in particular at the highest political level.