"Ukraine was one of the first 51 states to sign the United Nations Charter and since then, the country has consistently adhered to the purposes and principles of the Charter, substantially contributing to maintenance of international peace and security, disarmament, economic and social development, protection of human rights, and strengthening of international law.
Today Ukraine is facing its most serious challenges since it achieved independence in 1991. The loss of control over parts of its territory and the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine have resulted in the deaths of thousands of people, the displacement of almost two million, the destruction of infrastructure, and the loss of substantial industrial output. The combination of the ongoing conflict and the difficult economic situation has brought further pain to Ukraine’s long-suffering people.
But out of adversity comes opportunity. The new leaders took urgent and important steps to respond to the range of challenges and a sense of volunteerism swept the country. The international community is also playing a critical role in support of national efforts to build a peaceful, prosperous, strong and united Ukraine. The United Nations has responded to Ukraine’s call. Building on its increased assistance and expanded incountry presence, the United Nations stands ready to further support Ukrainian efforts in three critical priority directions: humanitarian response, including for the conflict-affected regions and for internally displaced persons; recovery, stabilization and peacebuilding; and longer-term country-wide reforms and development, including promoting the rule of law and strengthening social stability and democratic governance.
The common objectives of our efforts are sustainable peace, prosperity and security. The 17 UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies working in Ukraine operate in a coordinated and strategic manner, and provide policy advice, technical assistance and emergency support to those in need.
There is still much to do in Ukraine to achieve sustainable human development but I believe that Ukrainians have the capacity and the will to do it. The United Nations will remain the trusted partner of the country and people of Ukraine on every step of this challenging journey".
Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine