UN: Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz presided over Friday’s UN debate on children in war and conflicts – the first session with Poland as the UN Security Council president – saying that the protection of children in Eastern Ukraine and the Middle East is a priority for Poland.
“Children are the first victims of war and violence,” said Poland’s FM, adding “they are crippled and kidnapped, attacked at schools and hospitals” and thus traumatised during the time of war.
Mr Czaputowicz highlighted the fact that the rights of children were violated in 20 countries in 2018. Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General’s report on violation of children rights indicates a spike to 24,000 instances of children rights violation worldwide. For this reason, the FM appealed to all UN members to give childhood back to the minors.
“Poland brings aid to the youngest victims of conflict in Eastern Ukraine via psychological support, among others,” said Poland’s FM, adding “we also offer shelter, education and rehabilitation in the Middle East.”
Before the UN Security Council debate, during a meeting with Virginia Gamba, UN Special Representative for Children in War, FM Czaputowicz had said that addressing the root causes of conflicts, prevention and finding political solutions should be a common fundamental goal.
Apart from the urgent need to act upon the continuous violation of children’s rights worldwide, as the UN Security Council’s president Poland will tackle the issue flouting international law, particularly by Russia, as exemplified by its annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the war in Eastern Ukraine, waged by Donetsk and Luhansk separatists republics against Ukraine.
Security in Ukraine is another important issue that is among priorities of Poland’s one-month presidency of the UN Security Council in August.
“We observe certain dynamics of the political process in Ukraine. We support the actions of President Zelensky and his party in reforming the country and guaranteeing peace,” Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told journalists in Warsaw, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
He recalled that the actions of Poland as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council already had a practical dimension in the Ukrainian direction. In particular, Warsaw initiated setting up a position of Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Ukraine.
“This is not yet accepted, but the discussion is ongoing,” the Polish minister said.
Poland is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2018-2019.