The elections to the UN system bodies under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) were held on 13 April.

Ukraine’s membership was first submitted to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for 2023-2025 with representative of the Crimean Tatar people Suleyman Mamutov nominated. The Ukrainian candidate garnered an overwhelming majority of votes, leaving behind a representative of the Russian Federation.

Within the framework of the Permanent Forum, Ukraine will make every effort to ensure the observance of rights and freedoms of indigenous peoples, including in the temporarily occupied territories of our state. As part of the Forum, the Ukrainian side will continue the process of enforcement of the collective rights of indigenous peoples and develop recommendations for the full implementation of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Ukraine was also elected to the Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Social Development for 2023-2027, which are important platforms, in particular for combating Russia’s crimes. Within the framework of these bodies, our state will continue to work to ensure observance of women’s rights and promote social protection of the population of Ukraine in wartime and peacetime.

Natalia Tolub

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