The Ukrainian delegation to the UN held an event to mark the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor

17 November 2023

On Thursday, at the UN headquarters, the Ukrainian delegation held the event “Ninetieth Anniversary of Holodomor 1932 – 1933: The Weaponization of Food, Then and Now, and Ensuring the Right to Food for All”

Representatives of diplomatic missions of many countries, scientists, experts, and Ukrainian activists from New York participated in the event.

In order to honour the memory of those who died of hunger and to recognise the relevance of the lessons of the past, Ukraine invited UN members to sign the Declaration on the occasion of the anniversary of the Holodomor.

“In this document, we want to emphasize that the Holodomor should be a reminder for current and future generations of the unconditional observance of human rights in order to prevent the recurrence of similar tragedies. It is also an important signal about the need to prevent using food as a weapon against the backdrop of the destruction of production and supply chains, which exacerbates global food insecurity, especially for the most vulnerable segments of the population,” said the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, Serhii Kyslytsia.

He reminded: just as 90 years ago, Stalin chose the tools of genocide, trying to subjugate Ukrainians, Putin is doing the same today. “Stalin resorted to total food confiscation and starved the people, Putin ordered a full-scale military invasion,” the diplomat said.

He added that today, Ukraine is fighting the same aggressor who organised a deadly famine 90 years ago. “The difference of our current struggle is that it is supported by broad international solidarity,” Kyslytsia emphasised.

Also, during the event, the educational film “Territory of the Holodomor: Immortal Memory” was shown, created in cooperation between our Museum and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.