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  • Olha Stefanishyna calls on international community to support efforts to rebuild Ukraine at the UN
    Service of the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, posted 14 March 2024 10:32


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    Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, spoke online at a special event on Ukraine’s post-war recovery on the sidelines of the 68th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

    The event was attended by: Kirsi Madi, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships; Barbara Rambousek, Director for Gender and Economic Inclusion at the EBRD; Paulina Brandberg, Minister for Gender Equality in Sweden; Stella Ronner-Grubačić, EU Ambassador for Gender and Diversity; government officials from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania; members of the Ukrainian delegation and others.

    In her speech, Olha Stefanishyna noted the resilience of Ukrainians who worked every day to ensure economic stability, provide social assistance to those in need, support the army and, ultimately, rebuild a new Ukraine.

    “Reconstruction is not just about rebuilding homes, schools or kindergartens. For us, it is about creating a new, inclusive, European and safe environment where everyone can feel free to express themselves and fulfil their aspirations,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

    The official stressed the scale of the reconstruction process.

    “No country or organisation can cope with a comprehensive reconstruction of this scale on its own. The housing sector, civilian infrastructure, as well as the industrial and energy sectors have suffered the most. Some cities have been virtually levelled to the ground by russia. Ukraine is ready to do everything in its power and even more to implement the necessary transformations, but we need more support from our partners to make these changes visible as soon as possible,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

    Olha Stefanishyna stressed the critical importance of continuing global support for Ukraine, including through the transfer of frozen russian assets: “russia must pay for the destroyed lives of Ukrainian citizens.”

    “Millions of people have suffered serious injuries, lost their homes, jobs and faced torture by russian military personnel, including sexual violence. The process of returning them to normal life is and will continue to be complex and will require significant efforts at all levels. It is important to create appropriate conditions, especially in the relatively safe regions of our country, for those who have lost everything due to russian aggression. It is also necessary for those who are still forced to seek refuge abroad,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

    The official outlined the progress made by Ukraine over the past year. In particular, she noted the importance of the established Platform for Gender Mainstreaming and Inclusion in Recovery and said that Ukraine’s recovery strategy should meet the needs of its citizens and take into account dynamic changes in the world, the principles of sustainable development and innovation.