Ukraine at the United Nations: pandemic crisis should not turn into child rights crisis
Ukraine has supported the initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General to prioritize protecting children during the spread of COVID-19 so that the health crisis during the pandemic does not turn into a crisis in the rights of the child .
The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, Sergey Kislitsa, said so in a comment to Ukrinform.
“During crisis situations, like the current pandemic, children become one of the most vulnerable groups, especially in the long term, therefore their protection requires special attention. Therefore, it was quite logical that Ukraine supports the appeal of the Secretary General of the United Nations and prevents the pandemic crisis. has turned into a children’s rights crisis, “said Kislitsa.
The diplomat explained that the coronavirus pandemic has created a number of new challenges for children, particularly in education, access to nutrition and personal safety and health. Thus, the vast majority of students cannot go to school and acquire new knowledge in the program. In addition, around 310 million children worldwide have lost the opportunity to receive regular meals because they relied heavily on schools. With regard to security, due to quarantine measures and the need for families to stay at home, stress and manifestations of domestic violence are increasing.
UN Secretary-General Antoniu Guterres drew attention to this point in his appeal, and nearly 170 countries, including Ukraine, supported his initiative, noted Kislitsa.
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At the same time, he said, in the case of Ukraine, an additional factor requires increased attention in the area of protecting children’s rights.
“As part of the continuation of the Russian armed aggression against Ukraine, the children of the temporarily occupied territories were in a particularly risky area,” said the Ukrainian representative.
Kislitsa noted that the Ukrainian government has implemented a number of reforms in recent years, including introducing changes to national legislation to support children affected by the hostilities. At the same time, the diplomat stressed that, in accordance with international humanitarian law, the Russian Federation, as an occupying state, is obliged to take all necessary measures to protect the life and health of the population of the occupied territories , including children.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru