The impact of grave violations against children in Ukraine continues to be of serious concern, particularly the high number of children killed and maimed and attacks on schools and hospitals. Following the call made by the Secretary-General in his latest report on children and armed conflict (A/77/895-S/2023/363), the Government of Ukraine signed a joint prevention plan with the United Nations to end and prevent grave violations against children. The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict witnessed today the commitments previously signed by the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations on 18 August 2023.

“A prevention plan is a key tool to protect children from the ravages of war. We have seen too much suffering and death in Ukraine, and I am encouraged that the Government of Ukraine has taken this decisive step to enhance the protection of children. The United Nations stands ready to support Ukraine in this task.” said Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

This joint prevention plan is a voluntary written commitment covering each of the six grave violations and includes prevention measures to protect children and further strengthen the existing child protection framework in Ukraine. This signature is a further positive step in the protection of children and the United Nations remains committed to support the Government of Ukraine to implement the plan.”