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António Guterres claims Ukraine’s reconstruction is “a long road” that must start now

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. – Europe Press/Contact/Xie E

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday stressed that Ukraine’s reconstruction “is a long road” that must start now and pledged his support for international efforts to recover the country from the invasion of Russia.

“We are preparing the ground for the reconstruction and repair of critical infrastructure. It’s a long road, but it has to start now,” Guterres said in a recorded video transmission at the Ukraine Restoration Conference taking place these days in Lugano. , Switzerland.

In doing so, the United Nations pledges to support the Government of Ukraine in saving lives, stepping up aid efforts, advancing Ukraine’s development and recovery plan and protecting the hard-won achievements towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Likewise, Guterres has warned that recovering from the damage and devastation to homes, schools, hospitals and other critical infrastructure “will take years.”

“Working closely with the Government of Ukraine and more than 300 local civil society partners and international non-governmental organizations, the United Nations is reaching nearly 9 million people with vital and life-saving assistance. Our goal is to reach millions more in the coming months,” said the UN Secretary-General.

In this sense, he recalled that 90 percent of Ukrainians are at risk of falling into poverty, a problem for which he calls on the international community to support and support the people of Ukraine “in these dark days”.

Source europapress.es

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