The National Executive Committee of the United Nations Association of Ghana (UNA-GH) an affiliate of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) extends its compliments to the rest of the world at these dark days of the worst human conflict in Europe after the second world war.
The leadership has observed with grave concern, the ongoing invasion recently unleashed on the sovereign state of Ukraine by the Russian Government, authorised by President Vladmir Putin for the past one week, in spite of vehement calls for cessation, condemnations, demonstrations by Civil Society Organizations, International bodies (UN, NATO, EU, AU, ECOWAS etc.) and its allies across the length and breadth of the Globe and sanctions from various Governments including the UK, USA, Germany etc.
The reports of thousands of refugees fleeing the conflict, the casualties, destruction of properties and military installations send a gory signal of a full scale conflict.
The United Nations Association of Ghana (UNA-GH) strongly condemns the Russian invasion of a sovereign country and calls for the ceasefire and withdrawal of troops and equipment from Ukraine.
Furthermore, the United Nations Association of Ghana (UNA-GH) denounces the blatant remarks by Vladimir Putin that he had put the Russian Defense forces on high alert for a preparation for a nuclear deterrence.
The preamble of the United Nations (UN) Charter states that, “We the Peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.
It is by collective faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect that the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained.
It is also to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom”. In view of the above, the proposition couched in the UN Charter to which about one hundred ninety three(193) countries have subscribed, which includes Russia, must guide both Permanent and Non-Permanent members alike to consolidate and enhance multilateralism, peaceful negotiation.
The actions of the Russian government are totally unacceptable and barbaric in this day and age without taking sides of the feuding parties.
We equally urge Vladimir Putin to heed the cry of all to stop the invasion in order to regain his enviable role played as the current chair of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and permanent member of UN.
The preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO declares that “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” Let us be part of the solution than being part of the problem.
Indeed, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr.). To this end, United Nations Association of Ghana dispassionately calls on the Ghana Government and rest of Africa, Civil Society Organizations etc. to provide more relief items to the people of Ukraine.
They should also support the UN humanitarian fund in these critical times and also seek ways with the rest of world to impress Vladimir Putin to stop this needless aggression on Ukraine and provide safety for nationals of both countries.
We also pray for divine intervention for peace to prevail because “if God does not watch the city, the watchman does it in vain and if God does not build the city, the builder does it in vain.”
# Ukrainian lives matter
# Vladimir Putin stop Invasion Now
#We are all in together
Long live UN/ WFUNA/ UNAG/Republic of Ghana/Ukraine.
On Behalf of United Nations Association of Ghana.
Mr. Stephen Kojo Sackey
Director, Communications & International Relations- UNAGH