STATEMENT BY THE RESIDENT AND HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR UKRAINE, DENISE BROWN, ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
21 September 2023
The International Day of Peace.
Let us take this day, and every single day that we wake, to think about the absence of peace in Ukraine and the consequences of war.
Russia’s escalation of the war continues to inflict untold suffering on the lives of the people of Ukraine, who resolutely demonstrate dignity and determination in the face of adversity.
Near-daily air strikes, artillery fire, areas of land contaminated by mines, and constant air raid sirens; these are the harbingers of loss and grief. Lives are brutally taken, homes are destroyed, local economies shattered. This is the reality of life in Ukraine today.
The high cost of war being paid by this country is a stark reminder of what is lost when there is no peace in Ukraine, and indeed, in too many places around the world.
The position of the United Nations is unequivocal: the Russian Federation has violated the territorial integrity of Ukraine and violated the UN Charter and International Humanitarian Law.
Repeated attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure are violations of International Humanitarian Law.
At the opening of the 78th Session of the General Assembly, UN Secretary-General made clear, “It is high time to renew multilateral institutions based on 21st century economic and political realities – rooted in equity, solidarity and universality – anchored in the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law.”
There is no peace in Ukraine on this International Day of Peace.
We must all strive to change this reality.