MANILA – The Philippines joined 139 other countries in passing a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the scale of the humanitarian woes caused by Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
During the 11th emergency special session on March 24, the UNGA adopted resolution A/ES-11/L.2 on the humanitarian consequences of the aggression against the Eastern European nation, with 140 countries, including the Philippines, voting for; 38 abstentions; and five against – Russia, Syria, North Korea, Eritrea and Belarus.
In a statement on Friday, the European Union thanked the Philippine government for voting in favor of the resolution.
“The United Nations General Assembly adopts resolution A/ES-11/L.2 on the humanitarian consequences of the aggression against Ukraine. Once again, Salamat, Philippines (thank you, Philippines) for being one of 140 to vote in favor of the resolution,” said the EU Delegation in Manila.
The resolution recognizes that Russia’s military offensive and its humanitarian consequences are on a scale not seen in Europe for many decades.
The Assembly demanded full protection for civilians, including humanitarian personnel, journalists and people in vulnerable situations, including women and children. It further requires full respect for all medical personnel and humanitarian personnel assigned exclusively to medical functions.
Furthermore, he called on all parties to protect civilians fleeing armed conflict and violence, including foreign nationals, especially students, without discrimination.
The Assembly then called for voluntary, safe and unimpeded passage and access for humanitarian personnel to people in need in Ukraine and neighboring countries.