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Plush Toys "Attend" the Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly

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Author : Corinne
Update time : 2022-04-06 08:00:57
Stuffed toys are placed on the table of representatives of various countries

On March 2, 2022, New York, the United States of America, the members of the 11th emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly cast their votes and passed a draft resolution on the current situation in Ukraine jointly submitted by Ukraine and other more than 90 countries. The diplomats of some countries displayed Plush toys to symbolize the phrase from the UN Charter, “We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Diplomats brought a variety of plush toys to attend the meeting with themselves to show the far-reaching impact this resolution will have 

On March 2, the members of the 11th Emergency Special Session (ESS) of the UN General Assembly cast their votes and passed a draft resolution on the situation in Ukraine which jointly submitted by more than 90 countries including Ukraine. The delegates place plush toys on their desk as a symbol of the vote on the Russian resolution relates to the well-being of future generations.
 
The result of the UN’s emergency session on Wednesday saw 141 of the 193 member states in the General Assembly vote in favor of adopting the resolution. Five countries voted against the measures including the Russian Federation joined by allies of Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea and Syria. A total 35 countries abstained on the resolution, however, with Russian ally China among them, while a further 11 didn’t vote at all.
 
Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, said the situation in Ukraine is still changing rapidly, and the development of the situation is distressing. China's basic position on the Ukraine issue is consistent and unequivocal. We always believe in respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of every country and in favor of peacefully resolving international disputes in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. The most important thing at the moment is to ease the situation on the ground as much as possible and prevent the situation from escalating or even getting out of control.
 
Russia and Ukraine have already held their first round of negotiations. Despite their differences, both sides have shown willingness to continue the negotiations. China welcomes this, said Zhang Jun. Faced with the highly complex and sensitive situation, China once again calls on the international community to stick to the overall direction of political settlement and foster an enabling atmosphere and conditions for direct dialogues and negotiations between the parties concerned.
 
 
Any action by the United Nations and the relevant parties should give priority to regional peace and stability and the universal security of all parties, and should play a positive role in de-escalation and diplomatic solutions, said Zhang jun.
 
Regrettably, he added, the draft resolution just submitted had not undergone full consultations within the whole membership, nor did it take full consideration the history and complexity of the current crisis. It did not highlight the importance of the principle of indivisible security, or the urgency of promoting political settlement and stepping up diplomatic efforts. These are not in line with China's consistent positions. Therefore, China had no choice but to abstain.
 
The final settlement of the Ukraine crisis requires the abandonment of the Cold War mentality, the abandonment of the logic of ensuring one's own security at the expense of others' security, and the abandonment of the approach of seeking regional security by expanding military blocs. It is important to give full attention and respect to the legitimate security concerns of all countries, and on that basis conduct negotiations to put in place a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism, Zhang jun said.
 
 
Blindly exerting pressure and sanctions, creating divisions and confrontation will only make the situation more complicated, and the negative impact of the crisis will quickly spill over and even spread to more countries. We call on the international community to take a responsible attitude, and promote the relevant parties to immediately return to the track of political settlement, and use dialogue and consultation to seek a comprehensive solution to the Ukraine issue," he said in an explanation of vote after the adoption of a resolution on Ukraine by the UN General Assembly.
 
On February 25, the UN Security Council voted on a draft resolution on the situation in Ukraine jointly submitted by the United States and Albania. The draft resolution was rejected due to voted against of permanent member Russia. Then on February 27, the Security Council voted to request an emergency special session of the UN General Assembly. Comparison to the previous draft that was already rejected by the Security Council, the UN General Assembly resolution not only required Russia to stop the war, pull back its troops and go back to talks completely and unconditionally, but also added relevant provisions against Belarus.
 
Before the voting, starting from February 28, President Abdullah Shahid of the 76th UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and representatives of 122 countries made speeches. The UN Secretary-General emphasizes on upholding human rights and dignity is at the core of all his priorities and called for an immediate ceasefire and guarantees of humanitarian aid. Russia and Ukraine have started accusing each other during the session. Since the resolutions of the UN General Assembly are not legally binding on member states except for some projects related to the operation of the UN itself, the implementation of the resolution remains to be seen.
 
 
On March 2, UNICEF Executive Director Kathryn Russell shows his deeply concerned on intensifying hostilities in Ukraine pose an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing of the country’s 7.5 million children.  UNICEF and its partners are working 24 hours a day to scale up life-saving programs for children. We are trying our best to meet rapidly growing humanitarian needs, he said. In eastern Ukraine, nine UNICEF-supported mobile teams are also providing psychosocial care to children traumatized by the chronic insecurity. UNICEF is working closely with UNHCR to provide them with protection and assistance in recipient countries.
 
On March 1, 2022, at Lviv, Ukraine, the traffic on Polish-Ukrainian border is growing as refugees arrived in Lviv, a city located in the far west of Ukraine, near the border between Poland and Ukraine, they are gathered at the local railway station, and prepared to evacuate to European countries to seek asylum.
 
 
On March 3, 2022, at Przemysl, Poland, Ukrainian refugees poured into Poland. The picture shows a train station in which a little girl is holding a giant rabbit plush toy.


A woman looking for toys for children among stacks of toys 

On March 3, 2022, at Przemysl, Poland, Ukrainian refugees spill into Poland. Pictured in which a mother is looking for toys for her children among the bunch of toys.
 
Photos taken in August 2015 show Mahmood of 7 years, from Syria, and his sister Zahra of 5 years, receiving soft toys at a UNICEF-funded child care centre.
 
On September 8, 2019, at United Nations headquarters in New York, 3,758 UNICEF school bags were nicely arranged on the lawn, forming a "blue cemetery", which reminded the world of the surprising number of child deaths in conflict zones in 2018. Each blue bag represents a child who lost his life due to conflict in the past years. (Comprehensive: CCTV News, Jiemian News, United Nations official website)

Each blue school bag represents a child who lost his life due to conflict in the past year