UNHCR established a presence in Ukraine in 1994. In 2002 Ukraine acceded to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. The role of UNHCR in Ukraine is to advise and assist the Government as well as monitor the implementation of the country’s international responsibilities relating to protection of refugees. UNHCR is actively engaged with the Government and supported by NGOs in developing national legislation and building an effective asylum system which is in compliance with international law.
UNHCR mission in Ukraine is to ensure that people fleeing persecution can find a safe refuge and international protection in Ukraine.
Preventative measures and emphasis on community participation are central to UNHCR approach to HIV. Ensuring access to HIV prevention information and services, particularly to vulnerable persons, is a priority.
At the same time, ensuring that Persons of Concern to UNHCR living with HIV receive timely, quality care and treatment, including access to anti-retroviral therapy in a manner equivalent to the host population, is a strategic objective.
This commitment extends to the integration of treatment programs with durable solutions in order to mitigate the long-term effects of living with HIV.