MVTOT CONTRIBUTES TO THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND THEIR RIGHTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CONTACT LINE
Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine on European Integration OleksiiIlliashenko had a meeting with the Director of the Representative Office of the International Organization «Save the Children» in Ukraine DariuszZietek and the Head of the Advocacy Department Jasminka Milovanovic, they discussed the protection of children adversely affected in the East of Ukraine, as well as their rights.
«The major concern is the situation of children living in the non-Government controlled territory of Ukraine, as well as near the contact line in the East of Ukraine. We are working hard, including with the help of international humanitarian organizations, to ensure their basic needs for protection, food, and security. In addition, the Government of Ukraine is constantly improving the mechanisms for providing medical assistance, quality Ukrainian education, processing of documents, mine action training and other needs,» said Oleksii Illiashenko.
In turn, representatives of «Save the Children» organization positively evaluated cooperation with the Government of Ukraine, local and civil-military administrations of Ukraine and assured in further assistance to the children of Ukraine.
The Parties discussed joint activities in 2020, in particular on the implementation of the Safe School Declaration adopted by Ukraine last year, which has been in force worldwide since 2015 and is the only specialized international document dedicated solely to the safety of schools, children and teachers in situations of armed conflict. For example, the need to ensure the continuation of education, the prohibition of the use of educational institutions for military purposes, the investigation of each case of attacks on educational institutions and the punishment of those responsible, providing necessary and timely assistance to persons affected by attacks on schools are emphasized in the Declaration.
During the meeting it was noted that recently there has been a negative tendency towards a decrease in the attention of international donors to the humanitarian crisis and a large underfunding of the humanitarian response plan in Ukraine. In this regard, DariuszZietek, during a working visit to Brussels in April last year, encouraged European Union donors to increase financial support for humanitarian response needs.
OleksiiIlliashenko thanked «Save the Children» organization for supporting Ukraine in protecting children and their rights. The participants of the meeting agreed to contribute to the establishment of an Interdepartmental Working Group in the near future for the successful implementation of the norms of the Safe School Declaration in Ukraine.
«Save the Children» is an international non-governmental humanitarian organization that has been advocating for the rights and interests of boys and girls in more than 120 countries for almost 100 years. In Ukraine, the organization has been working through partners since 2007, and since 2014, the response to the humanitarian crisis in the East of Ukraine has begun. Activities cover eastern Ukraine, focusing on areas most affected by military aggression, meeting the needs of vulnerable children and their families for protection, education, food security and livelihoods.