NOON BRIEFING HIGHLIGHTS BY PAULINA KUBIAK GREER,
SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT ABDULLA SHAHID
United Nations Headquarters, New York
The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution on Ukraine.
Due to the legal nature of this resolution, the resolution needed two-thirds of a majority of yes/no votes to pass. Of those, 141 Member States voted yes and five voted no.
Ninety-six countries co-sponsored the resolution. A copy of the resolution is available at https://undocs.org/en/a/es-11/L.1
In line with the resolution adopted today, the 11th Emergency Special Session is now temporarily adjourned. It can be resumed upon the written request of Member States.
The President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, spoke to the press after the adoption. He said the following:
“Resolution ES-11/1 passed today with the support of 141 Member States.
It reflects the international community’s grave concerns about the ongoing situation in Ukraine and reiterates the call for an immediate ceasefire, unhindered access for humanitarian support, and a return to dialogue and diplomacy.
Specifically, the Resolution demands a cessation in the use of force and the withdrawal of all military from Ukraine. It points to the principles set forth in the Charter of the United Nations and the Declaration on Friendly Relations.
I join Member States in expressing concern about ‘reports of attacks on civilian facilities such as residences, schools and hospitals, and of civilian casualties, including women, older persons, persons with disabilities, and children.’
I also share concerns about ‘the deteriorating humanitarian situation in and around Ukraine, with an increasing number of internally displaced persons and refugees in need of humanitarian assistance.’ I thus welcome the $1.7 billion humanitarian appeal launched yesterday and call on the international community to support it.
As requested by Member States in the resolution, I look forward to receiving, in 30-days, the report of the Emergency Relief Coordinator on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and on the humanitarian response.
As President of the General Assembly, and in line with the resolution adopted today, the 11th Emergency Special Session is now temporarily adjourned. I stand ready to resume the Session upon the request of Member States.
I thank you.”
[Note: There was no televised noon briefing on 2 March. The Spokesperson’s note above is for record only.]