The Principality of Monaco supports Ukraine-related gatherings of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The Principality of Liechtenstein took part in two exceptional sessions that were dedicated to the effects of the crisis in Ukraine: – A special session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe – An extraordinary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

On the 10th of May, a special session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe was held to discuss the topic of the current state of health in Ukraine and the countries that are located in its immediate vicinity. This session was held in response to a request from more than 40 states, including Monaco, and at the initiative of Ukraine.

In order to supply equipment, medications, and ambulances, as well as coordinate the operation of health actors on the ground, the WHO has sent staff across Ukraine. Additionally, these workers have been tasked with listing and documenting assaults on the country’s healthcare system. During his talk, Regional Director Hans P. Kluge lauded the bravery of the medical staff in Ukraine for their country’s ongoing conflict. A resolution that was co-sponsored by the Principality and passed by the Regional Committee emphasized the Principality’s sympathy with the people of Ukraine and denounced all of the crimes that have been committed against health staff and infrastructure.

An emergency meeting of the Human Rights Council was convened in Geneva, Switzerland, on the 12th of May, 2022, to discuss the current state of human rights in Ukraine.

The creation of this session was in response to a proposal made by Ukraine, which was backed by 16 member nations of the Council as well as 40 observer states, including the Principality. On this occasion, the Council heard from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, as well as other UN officials who provided detailed information concerning serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have been committed in Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict. Emine DZHAPAROVA, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, spoke before the Council via videoconference from Kyiv. Her testimony was also considered by the Council.

During the debate that followed, the majority of delegations restated their condemnation of the violations of international humanitarian law and human rights that have been committed since the beginning of the Russian offensive. They also restated their concerns, particularly in regard to the food crisis that has now spread well beyond the borders of Ukraine. At the conclusion of the meeting, an agreement was reached on a resolution that had been proposed by Ukraine and supported by a large number of states, including the Principality. In particular, the latter requests the International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine to conduct, within the context of its mandate, a specific examination of the events that have taken place in the areas of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, and Sumy.

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