UN Response to the Crisis in Ukraine

The war “must end, and peace must be established, in line with the Charter of the United Nations and international law.”

– UN Secretary-General António Guterres
August 1, 2022

As the organization has done countless times since its founding over 77 years ago, the United Nations is rapidly scaling up humanitarian assistance to deliver–this time for the Ukrainian people.

Below you can find information on how the UN is responding to the crisis and ways for you to take action. This page is by no means comprehensive of all the UN’s work; it is meant to illustrate the various ways the “UN Family” confronts a global crisis. For the most-up-to-date information directly from the UN, follow the United Nations Ukraine on Twitter and visit UN News.

How the UN Is Responding in Ukraine

Click an item on the right to see how the UN system has mobilized in light of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, get the latest information and ways to get involved.

  • UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

    The ongoing armed violence and rapidly deteriorating security environment throughout Ukraine has put hundreds of thousands of people’s lives at risk.

    OCHA is currently at the forefront of coordinating humanitarian action across the entire UN system to ensure crisis-affected people receive the assistance and protection they need.

    Follow OCHA Ukraine on Twitter for the latest updates or visit their website for more.

    If you would like to support the UN’s humanitarian relief efforts, please consider the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.

  • UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

    Over one million people fled Ukraine in the week since the offensive started. The situation looks set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century, and UNHCR is mobilizing resources to respond as quickly and effectively as possible.

    UNHCR continues to deliver when safe to do so, providing some assistance and engaging in protection activities like working with internally displaced community leaders to assess humanitarian needs and identify safe sites where IDPs can be received.

    Follow UNHCR Ukraine on Twitter for the latest information and visit UNHCR’s data portal with the most up-to-date, reliable information on the crisis.

    To donate directly to UNHCR’s efforts in Ukraine, click here.

  • World Food Programme (WFP)

    WFP is launching an emergency operation to provide food assistance for the Ukrainian people.

    Inside Ukraine, over the next four months, WFP will work to reach 3.15 million people, half of whom will receive food while everyone else will be given cash grants so they can buy food. Meanwhile, WFP is working with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to assist 300,000 people outside Ukraine’s borders.

    WFP USA has the latest info on how the agency is responding on the ground.

    You can donate directly to WFP’s efforts here.

  • UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

    UNFPA remains on the ground and is preparing to increase operational capacity to deliver life-saving sexual and reproductive health services and supplies. They are also working with neighboring countries to respond to the immediate sexual and reproductive health needs of refugees including women and girls and vulnerable groups such as older persons.

    Visit UNFPA’s landing page on Ukraine here. You can donate to help girls and women by clicking here.

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

    UNESCO announced new emergency measures to protect journalists in Ukraine, to help displaced Ukrainian journalist unions to continue their work and to support the free flow of information about the war. The organization is providing an initial batch of 125 sets of Personal Protective Equipment as well as training on hostile environments.

    To read more on their efforts, click here.

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)

    IOM is mobilizing teams and boosting capacity in Ukraine and neighboring countries to respond to the growing humanitarian needs of Ukrainians forced to flee the country, those internally displaced, and stranded third-country nationals.

    In particular, the organization is focused on screening for and assessing potential short-term and longer-term vulnerabilities, including for human trafficking, child protection, health and mental health, and the arrival of more vulnerable people with special needs, including elderly, wounded or sick people.

    You can learn more about IOM’s response here.

  • UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)

    The conflict in Ukraine poses an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children.

    UNICEF is working around the clock to scale up life-saving programs for children, including ramping up efforts to meet critical and escalating needs for safe water, health care, education and protection and prepositioning health, hygiene and emergency education supplies as close as possible to communities near the line of contact.

    Visit UNICEF’s website for daily updates.

    To directly support UNICEF’s efforts in Ukraine, click here.

  • UN General Assembly

    In a rare move, the UN General Assembly held an emergency session to overwhelmingly adopt a resolution demanding that Russia immediately end its military operations in Ukraine.

    Read more about the resolution here.

  • UN Security Council

    Against the backdrop of multiplying humanitarian needs, dying civilians and Ukrainians fleeing their homes, the United States introduced a resolution at the UN Security Council to condemn Russia’s invasion into Ukraine.

    While 11 of the Council’s 15 members voted in favor of the text, China India, and the United Arab Emirates abstained. Russia silenced the measure through its veto.

    You can learn more here.

  • UN Human Rights Council

    The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution that agreed to establish a commission to investigate violations committed during Russia’s military attack on Ukraine.

    Thirty-two countries voted in favor of the resolution, which was presented by Ukraine. Russia and Eritrea voted against it, while 13 nations abstained.

    Visit the UN Human Rights Council’s website for more.

  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

    IAEA is the world’s center for cooperation in the nuclear field and seeks to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.

    Presently, they are monitoring the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear power reactors and providing on the ground technical assistance.

    You can find the latest from IAEA on its work during the Ukraine conflict here.

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    FAO has developed a plan to provide life‑ and livelihood‑saving interventions to support the most vulnerable smallholder
    and medium‑sized farming households through 2022 through the provision of cash and agricultural inputs, and to support maintenance of overall access to critical markets.

    With spring planting season ongoing, and the harvest of winter wheat likely to be disrupted, farmers need urgent support to meet agricultural deadlines and maintain production.

    To learn more about FAO’s response, click here.

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    WHO is working in Ukraine and neighboring countries to rapidly respond to the health emergency triggered by the war. They are delivering specialized medical supplies, coordinating the deployment of medical teams, and​ working with health authorities to minimize disruptions to the delivery of critical healthcare services within Ukraine and in countries​ hosting refugees.

    Ensuring the health and well-being of all people lies at the core of WHO’s mandate and commitments in all situations, including humanitarian crises and conflicts.

    To see more from WHO in Ukraine, click here.

Snapshot of the UN in the Field

Since the onset of the crisis in Ukraine, the UN has been on the ground, committed to staying and delivering for people in the need. Below, watch a message from the UNFPA Representative in Ukraine to learn what his team is doing for girls and women across the country. You can also read this blog on how UNFPA is protecting the dignity of girls and women during the crisis.

Support the UN's Work

In lockstep with the U.S. government, the UN and its agencies remain on the ground providing much-needed support to the Ukrainian people. Let Congress know you support this ongoing partnership in the region.