Ladies and Gentlemen,
The topic of rehabilitation policy for Post-Conflict Zones, which has been raised by the Delegation of the Republic of Iraq, is very important for Ukraine.
As you may know, since the beginning of 2014 Ukraine has been facing increasing urban challenges as a result of the foreign aggression in the certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
This crisis was significantly exacerbated by an influx of nearly 1.7 million of internally displaced persons and severely damaged urban infrastructure in the above-mentioned regions.
The challenges faced by cities and other human settlements in Eastern Ukraine and specifically by its urban dwellers, shall be responded to in a holistic manner bringing together local authorities, stakeholders and partners and using area-based approach.
That is why our country is implementing a series reforms in various spheres aimed at strengthening resilience and providing adequate housing and infrastructure for dwellers of the cities and other human settlements in the mentioned conflict zones.
We also appeal to the international community to participate in the post-conflict rebuilding of the infrastructure in Ukraine.
In this connection, Ukraine strongly supports the adoption of the Resolution proposed by Republic of Iraq to enhance the role of the UN-Habitat in urban crisis response.
Bearing in mind the New Urban Agenda provisions, which reaffirm the role and expertise of UN-Habitat, within its mandate, as the focal point for sustainable urbanization and human settlements, we believe that a special attention should be given to the countries in situations of conflict, as well as countries and territories under foreign occupation, post-conflict countries, and countries affected by natural and human-made disasters.
In this regard, we would welcome the establishment of an Urban Crisis Response Fund for UN-Habitat to facilitate rapid and predictable deployment of UN-Habitat in the areas of urban crises.
We are confident that adoption of the said resolution would allow us to address in a more effective manner the challenges and consequences arising from the urban crises caused by armed conflicts and man-made disasters.
Let me once again extend our sincere gratitude to the delegation of the Republic of Iraq for organizing this event and for giving us the opportunity to make our contribution.