UN / UKRAINE

11-Apr-2022 00:04:36
The Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, told the Security Council that the trauma of war “risks destroying a generation” in Ukraine, stressing the importance of continuing “all efforts to advance peace.” UNIFEED
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TRT: 04:36
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 11 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

11 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“Young women who left their homes at night, families who are separated, the constant fear of the future, this trauma risks destroying a generation. We must continue our support. But most importantly, we must continue all efforts to advance peace. I condemn in the strongest possible way, the recent attacks on Kramatorsk train station which also killed civilians and UN civil society partners.”
5. Med shot, Ukraine Ambassador
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“We ask the Security Council, all member states, and our development and humanitarian partners to ensure the meaningful participation of women and girls, including from marginalized groups in all decision-making processes, peace, diplomacy and humanitarian. Without this, we will not have peace, development nor human security.”
7. Med shot, Russian Federation Ambassador
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Manuel Fontaine, Director of Emergencies, UNICEF:
“The attack Kramatorsk station is unconscionable. And yet, it is just one of many instances in this war where we have seen a blatant disregard for civilian life and international humanitarian law. inside Ukraine, children, families and communities are under attack. Of the 3.2 million children estimated to remain in their homes nearly half may be at risk of not having enough food.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Manuel Fontaine, Director of Emergencies, UNICEF:
“In just six weeks nearly two thirds of all Ukrainian children have been displaced. They have been forced to leave behind everything, their homes, their school, and often their family members. I have heard stories of the desperate steps parents are taking to get their children to safety, and children being shuttled and unable to get back to school. A Social worker told me a story about parents who were forced to send their children with a truck driver just to get them away from the line of fire. Such unaccompanied children of course are at much higher risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Women are facing particular risks. We are extremely concerned by increasing reports of sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“The already organized and planned provocations, along with the widespread practice of using civilians as a human shield are shocking by their inhuman attitude to the fate of the people in Ukraine, and our testimony of the complete disregard by the Ukrainian Nazis of the norms of morality and international humanitarian law. Russia as we have stated more than once, does not wage war against the civilian population.
13. Wide shot, Council
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“We know Russians lie because their lips are moving. There's nothing to write home about, as the Russian comrade hasn't even shown himself out of the chamber after that embarrassment of an intervention. Lights are on but nobody is home at the Russian Mission.”
15. Wide shot, Council
16. Wide shot, Norway Ambassador walks up to podium
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Mona Juul, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Norway:
“The lives and future of very single child in Ukraine has forever changed the day Russia started their illegal war. And for the past seven weeks, the world has witnessed children being killed, injured, traumatized and forced to flee their homes. Norway is appalled by the blatant lack of respect for international humanitarian law, displaced by the Russian military forces and we categorically condemn all attacks on children which may be war crimes.”
18. Wide shot, Ambassador walks away
STORYLINE
The Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, today (11 Apr) told the Security Council that the trauma of war “risks destroying a generation” in Ukraine, stressing the importance of continuing “all efforts to advance peace.”

Bahous condemned “in the strongest possible way,” the recent attacks on Kramatorsk train station which killed civilians and UN civil society partners.

The UN official asked the Security Council and others “to ensure the meaningful participation of women and girls, including from marginalized groups in all decision-making processes, peace, diplomacy and humanitarian” and said, “without this, we will not have peace, development nor human security.”

Bahous, who just returned from Moldova, noted that Moldova has opened its borders and homes, hosting an estimated 95,000 Ukrainians.

Also briefing the Council on the impact of war on women and girls, UNICEF’s Emergency Programmes Director Manuel Fontaine, said, the attack Kramatorsk station was “unconscionable” and said it was “just one of many instances in this war where we have seen a blatant disregard for civilian life and international humanitarian law.”

Fontaine said, inside Ukraine, “children, families and communities are under attack” and “of the 3.2 million children estimated to remain in their homes nearly half may be at risk of not having enough food.”

The UNICEF official said, “in just six weeks nearly two thirds of all Ukrainian children have been displaced. They have been forced to leave behind everything, their homes, their school, and often their family members.”

He said, “unaccompanied children of course are at much higher risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Women are facing particular risks” and expressed concern at “increasing reports of sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence.”

Russian Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy denied Russian involvement in the attack on Kramatorsk station and other incidents. He said, “the already organized and planned provocations, along with the widespread practice of using civilians as a human shield are shocking by their inhuman attitude to the fate of the people in Ukraine, and our testimony of the complete disregard by the Ukrainian Nazis of the norms of morality and international humanitarian law.”

Polyanskiy said, “Russia as we have stated more than once, does not wage war against the civilian population.”

For his part, Ukraine’s Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya, said, “we know Russians lie because their lips are moving. There's nothing to write home about, as the Russian comrade hasn't even shown himself out of the chamber after that embarrassment of an intervention. Lights are on but nobody is home at the Russian Mission.”

Before the meeting, Norway Ambassador Mona Juul told journalists that “the lives and future of very single child in Ukraine has forever changed the day Russia started their illegal war.”

For the past seven weeks, she said, “the world has witnessed children being killed, injured, traumatized and forced to flee their homes. “

She said, “Norway is appalled by the blatant lack of respect for international humanitarian law, displaced by the Russian military forces and we categorically condemn all attacks on children which may be war crimes.”
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