Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world must act to avert a “storm of famine and a meltdown of the global food system.”
According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the war risks having far-reaching effects on the world food supply, with tragic consequences for the poorest people.
“This conflict extends well beyond Ukraine. It’s also a strike against the world’s most vulnerable people and nations “According to Guterres.
Developing countries were “struggling to recover from the pandemic — with record inflation, rising interest rates, and impending debt burdens” even before the war, he said.
“Now their breadbasket is being attacked,” Guterres remarked, pointing out that Ukraine supplies more than half of the wheat used by the World Food Programme.
He cautioned that the UN’s global food price index is at an all-time high and that at least one-third of the wheat consumed by the world’s 45 least developed countries comes from Ukraine or Russia.
Burkina Faso, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen are among the countries involved.
“We must do everything necessary to avoid a global food system meltdown and a cyclone of hunger,” Guterres pleaded, calling for an urgent cessation of hostilities.
The secretary-general was addressing the Security Council on the sidelines of a briefing by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to Poland’s foreign minister, was a “strategic and tactical disaster.” Poland has the rotating presidency of the OSCE until 2022.
As a result, according to Zbigniew Rau, Moscow shifted its tactics and began targeting civilians.
He went on to say, “This is disgusting and shameful, and it amounts to state terrorism.”
Rau said Russia’s aggression “threatens the OSCE’s very survival,” but that he will soon travel to Moldova and the Balkans to “show OSCE’s engagement” in ending the conflict.