UN chief urges reintegrating agricultural production of Russia, Ukraine into world markets

by IANS |

United Nations, May 20 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged for efforts to reintegrate the agricultural production of both Russia and Ukraine into world markets.

"Any meaningful solution to global food insecurity requires reintegrating Ukraine's agricultural production and the food and fertiliser production of Russia and Belarus into world markets -- despite the war," Guterres told a Security Council meeting on conflict and food security on Thursday.

"We are working to find a package deal that will enable Ukraine to export food, not only by train but through the Black Sea, and will bring Russian food and fertiliser production to world markets, without restrictions," said the top UN official.

Guterres said that this will require "the goodwill of all countries concerned".

To meet urgent food security and nutrition needs in Niger, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso, the Secretary-General has announced to release $30 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Xinhua news agency reported.

"This brings to almost $95 million the funding channeled through CERF to the Sahel since the start of the year," he added.

Investing in political solutions to end conflicts, prevent new ones, and build sustainable peace is crucial in addressing food insecurity, said the Secretary-General.

He further called for attention to the interconnected risks of food insecurity, energy, and financing, which "require far greater coordination and leadership".

Latest News
5 bronze idols stolen from TN temple recovered; 4 arrested Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 05:25 PM
Cabinet clears proposal to enhance ECLGS corpus to Rs 5 lakh cr Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 05:24 PM
Himachal Congress working president Pawan Kumar Kajal joins BJP Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 05:22 PM
'Public should not be misled by statements against allopathy', Delhi HC on Coronil claims Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:37 PM
Driver, three associates held for raping employer's minor daughter Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:36 PM
Gadkari & Shivraj dropped from reconstituted BJP Parliamentary Board Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:35 PM
Gujarat ATS seizes 225 kg MDMA Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:20 PM
US first lady tests positive for Covid-19 Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:15 PM
Lack of treatment guidelines hampering monkeypox care globally: Study Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:12 PM
Musk says it's 'long-running joke' about buying Manchester United Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:08 PM
Robust demand for imports to provide upside risk to FY23 CAD projection of $105bn: Acuite Ratings Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:04 PM
Few stocks in Jhunjhunwala portfolio still trading down Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:01 PM
Airtel pays Rs 8,312.4 cr for 5G spectrum, settles 4 yrs' dues upfront Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 04:00 PM
SC: Can access to free education, drinking water, electricity be termed freebies? Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 03:58 PM
MP Forest staff surrender weapons protesting unilateral action by senior staff Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 03:55 PM