Humanitarian consequences of the aggression against Ukraine

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 The General Assembly,

PP1 Reaffirming its determination to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war;

PP2 Reaffirming its resolutions 46/182 of 19 December 1991 and 76/124 of 10 December 2021;

PP3 Recalling the obligation of all States under Article 2 of the United Nations Charter to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations, and to settle their international disputes by peaceful means;

PP4 Reaffirming its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters;

PP5 Recognizing that the military offensive of the Russian Federation inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine and its humanitarian consequences are on a scale that the international community has not seen in Europe in decades;

PP6 Reiterating the call of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Russian Federation to stop its military offensive as well as his call to establish a ceasefire and to return to the path of dialogue and negotiations;

PP7 Recalling its demand that the Russian Federation immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders;

PP8 Deploring the dire humanitarian consequences of the hostilities by the Russian Federation against Ukraine including the besiegement of, shelling and airstrikes in densely populated cities of Ukraine, in particular Mariupol, as well as attacks striking civilians, including journalists, civilian objects, in particular schools and other educational institutions, water and sanitation systems, medical facilities and their means of transport and equipment, and the abduction of local officials, as well as attacks striking  diplomatic premises and cultural sites;

PP9 Expressing grave concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in and around Ukraine, in particular at the high number of civilian casualties, including women and children, and the increasing number of internally displaced persons and refugees in need of humanitarian assistance;

PP10 Reaffirming the need to protect the safety, dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms, without any kind of discrimination, of people fleeing the conflict and violence regardless of their status, while promoting the security and prosperity of all communities, and in this regard condemns any acts, manifestations and expressions of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance against people on the move, including refugees;

PP11 Strongly condemning any attacks directed against civilians as such and other protected persons and civilian objects, including civilian evacuation convoys as well as indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, including indiscriminate shelling and the indiscriminate use of explosive weapons, and further expressing concerns about the long-term risks posed by damage to civilian infrastructure and unexploded ordnance to the civilian population;

PP12 Stressing the particular impact that armed conflict has on women, children, including as refugees and internally displaced persons, and other civilians who have specific needs including persons with disabilities and older persons, and stressing the need to ensure safe passage, as well as protection and assistance  to all affected civilian populations;

PP13 Reiterating its deep appreciation for the significant and admirable efforts that have been made by neighboring countries to accommodate refugees;

PP14 Expressing concern about the impact of the conflict on increased food insecurity globally, in particular in Least Developed Countries, as Ukraine and the region are one of the world’s most important areas for grain and agricultural exports, when millions of people are facing famine or the immediate risk of famine or are experiencing severe food insecurity in several regions of the world, as well as on energy security;

PP15 Recalling the link between armed conflict and violence and conflict-induced food insecurity and the threat of famine, and stressing in this regard that armed conflict, violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and food insecurity can be drivers of forced displacement, and, conversely, forced displacement in countries in armed conflict can have a devastating impact on agricultural production and livelihoods;

PP16 Expressing concern about the grave humanitarian consequences of a possible accident resulting from bombing and shelling of the Ukrainian nuclear infrastructure, reiterating the obligations to ensure the safety and security of all nuclear infrastructure, and also expressing concern about the impact of the conflict on the environment;

PP17 Recalling the obligations of all States and parties to an armed conflict to fully respect international humanitarian law a, in particular the principles of distinction and proportionality and the obligation to take all feasible precautions to avoiding and in any event minimizing harm to civilians and damage to civilian objects, reiterating that sieges, the purpose of which is to starve the civilian populations, are a violation of international humanitarian law; and urging all States and parties to armed conflict to respect human rights, including with respect to those forcibly displaced, and the principle of non-refoulement;

PP18 Reiterating the call on all parties to the armed conflict to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law regarding the protection of civilians and  civilian objects, and the environment, and to spare civilian objects, including such objects critical to the delivery of essential services to the civilian population, refraining from attacking, destroying, removing or rendering useless objects that are indispensable to the survival of the civilian population and respecting and protecting humanitarian personnel and consignments used for humanitarian relief operations;

PP19 Reaffirming the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence in the provision of humanitarian assistance, and reaffirming also the need for all actors engaged in the provision of humanitarian assistance in situations of complex emergencies to promote and fully respect these principles;

OP1 Reiterates the need for the full implementation of resolution ES-11/1 of 2 March 2022, entitled “Aggression against Ukraine”;

OP2 Demands an immediate cessation of the hostilities by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, in particular of any attacks against civilians and civilian objects;

OP3 Demands that civilians, including humanitarian personnel, journalists and persons in vulnerable situations, including women and children are fully protected;

OP4 Demands full respect for and protection of all medical personnel and humanitarian personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties, their means of transport and equipment, as well as hospitals and other medical facilities;

OP5 Demands full respect for and protection of objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population and civilian infrastructure that is critical to enable the delivery of essential services in armed conflict;

OP6 Demands that all parties protect civilians fleeing armed conflict and violence, including for foreign nationals, notably students, without discrimination, to allow voluntary, safe and unhindered passage;

OP7 Further demands the parties comply with their obligations to ensure the safe and unhindered humanitarian access for humanitarian personnel as well as their means of transport, supplies, and equipment to those in need in Ukraine and its neighboring countries;

OP8 Stresses that the siege of cities in Ukraine, in particular the city of Mariupol, further aggravates the humanitarian situation for the civilian population and hamper evacuation efforts, and therefore demands to put an end to these sieges;

OP9 Condemns all violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights, and calls upon all parties to the armed conflict to strictly respect international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Additional Protocol I thereto, of 1977, and to respect, as applicable, international human rights law and international refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement;

OP10 Calls upon Member States to fully fund the United Nations’ Humanitarian Response Plan 2022, the flash appeal launched by the United Nations for the humanitarian response in Ukraine, as well as the regional refugee response plan for Ukraine and its neighboring countries, and notes with concern the 2022 Global Humanitarian Overview, including its February 2022 update;

OP11 Welcomes and urges the continued efforts by the Secretary-General, UN Member States, agencies and the international community to deliver humanitarian assistance as well as assistance and protection for refugees and also welcomes of the appointment by the United Nations Secretary General of a United Nations Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine;

OP12 Reiterates its request to the Emergency Relief Coordinator to provide a report on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and on the humanitarian response, in accordance with its resolution ES-11/1; and further requests the United Nations Secretary-General to brief, on a regular basis, the General Assembly on the implementation of this resolution;

OP13 Strongly encourages the continued negotiations between all parties and urges again the immediate peaceful resolution of the conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine through political dialogue, negotiations, mediation and other peaceful means in accordance with international law;

OP14 Decides to adjourn the eleventh emergency special session of the General Assembly temporarily and to authorize the President of the General Assembly to resume its meetings upon request from Member States.

 

 

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