India Exploring Options to Minimise Impact on Its Students’ Education: Amb Ruchira Kamboj

India, which facilitated the safe return of 22,500 of its citizens, most of whom were students ukraine It is exploring options to minimize the impact on its students’ education amid the conflict, the country’s envoy told a UN Security Council briefing here.

Speaking at the briefing on Tuesday titled ‘Ukraine: Protection of Civilians and the Situation of Children’, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said the conflict in Ukraine is severely affecting 7.5 million children across the country.

Kamboj, President of the Security Council for the month of December, in his remarks said that the international community should not forget that the situation in Ukraine has also affected foreign students, including those from India.

“India facilitated the safe return of 22,500 Indian nationals, most of whom were students, studying in various universities in Ukraine. We are exploring options to minimize the impact on our students’ education,” she said.

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Kamboj reiterated India’s continued concern over the situation in Ukraine, noting that the conflict has resulted in loss of lives and untold suffering, especially for women, children and the elderly, leaving millions homeless. have been forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

“The reports of attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in recent weeks are extremely worrying. We reiterate our grave concerns in this regard. He underlined that children constitute one-third of humanity, calling them “the most important third because they are our future”. Huh”.

He said that children are the most vulnerable especially in situations of armed conflict and they need extra protection and care.

Noting that the protection of children’s rights, including their access to education, is the primary responsibility of national governments, Kamboj said the international community has an obligation to do everything possible to provide assistance to children affected by conflict.

India is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and appreciates the ongoing efforts including by UNICEF to reduce the suffering of children.

India also supports UNICEF’s efforts to scale up its work. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths told the Council that more than 14 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes in Ukraine, including 6.5 million internally displaced, and more than 7.8 million refugees registered across Europe.

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as of 1 December, 17,023 civilians have been killed since the conflict began on 24 February, including 419 children.

“However, we know that the real toll is much higher,” he said.

Since October, the continuing attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure have created a new level of need that affects the entire country and exacerbates the needs caused by the war, he said.

The scale of the destruction of electrical and heating infrastructure requires the government of Ukraine to have the support of the international community that humanitarians can provide.

“In recent weeks, more areas in the eastern and southern eruptions have become accessible, allowing humanitarian aid to reach entirely new communities,” Griffiths said.

By early 2022, 274 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance globally. For 2023, the projected number of people in need rises to 339 million, an increase of about 24 percent, or 65 million people, he said.

“This represents one out of every 23 people on the planet,” he said.

Noting that the impact of the Ukraine conflict is not limited to Europe, Kamboj said it is raising concerns over food, fertilizer and fuel security, especially in developing countries.

“It is essential for all of us to appreciate the importance of equity, affordability and access on these critical issues for the Global South. The open market should not become an argument for perpetuating inequality and promoting discrimination.

She insisted that since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, India Called for an immediate end to the ongoing hostilities and an end to the violence.

“India calls on both sides to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue, and also expresses its support for all diplomatic efforts to end the conflict. We believe that no solution can be found at the cost of innocent lives.

He said that the prime minister Narendra Modi Spoke to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russia’s Vladimir Putin on several occasions and reiterated India’s position.

He said that India is ready to support all such efforts to reduce tensions.

“India’s approach to the Ukraine conflict will continue to be people-centred,” he said, adding that India has been providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine and some of India’s neighbors in the global south under economic distress.

To help low-income countries fight price hikes and food shortages, India has exported over 1.8 million tonnes of wheat to needy countries, including Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sudan and Yemen.

Expressing hope that the international community would continue to respond positively to calls for humanitarian aid, Kamboj said that India has so far sent 12 consignments of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

“At the request of the Ukrainian government, India has also provided financial assistance for the reconstruction of an educational institution. We stand ready to do more,” she said.

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