President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with UN Deputy Secretary General and Administrator of the UN Development Program Helen Clark, who is on an official visit to Ukraine.
The parties have discussed a wide range of issues: the situation in Donbas and the opportunity of involving UN peacekeepers for the settlement of the situation in the region. The President has emphasized the need for intensifying efforts on sending peacekeepers under the auspices of the UN to de-escalate the situation in Donbas. He is hopeful that the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly would approve respective mandate.
In her turn, Helen Clark has noted particular role of Ukraine in many peacekeeping missions and its significant contribution to the processes of peaceful settlement in various parts of the world.
The parties have also discussed further implementation of reforms and constitutional dialogue in Ukraine. Speaking of constitutional reform, which is first of all aimed at decentralization, the President has emphasized that "Ukraine is trying to use the best world experience in this sphere, particularly the experience of Poland, and is counting on the participation of the UNDP in the support of decentralization reform and the implementation of constitutional changes".
The parties have agreed that the UNDP would be involved in the process of constitutional changes in Ukraine and facilitate constitutional dialogue.
Helen Clark has expressed hope that Ukraine's movement towards reforms would be continued despite the aggression in the East and the annexation of Crimea. She has underlined willingness of the UNDP to comprehensively support reforms in Ukraine. Particularly, she focused on the programs of energy efficiency, energy saving, countering corruption, decentralization, constitutional dialogue and adaptation of internally displaced persons.
The parties have discussed the main tasks of the international Donor conference in Ukraine planned for April. They have agreed to intensify efforts on its organization and holding.
The Head of State has thanked Helen Clark for the revision of the UN Humanitarian Response Plan on the situation in Donbas, which had been increased from USD 189 to 316 million, while the number of those who will receive the assistance had grown from 900 thousand to 3.2 million people.
The meeting has also been attended by Vice Prime Minister Hennadiy Zubko, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin and Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Valeriy Chaly.