Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Coalition of leaders at UN Session in New York: Urgent action needed for food security  

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Market Desk (New York): Leaders from Europe, the Americas and Africa called Tuesday for urgent action and funding to ease a growing global food security crisis that has been exacerbated by Russia war and thanks to climate change, threatens to get worse in coming years. 

The Russia-Ukraine war is disrupting food supplies around the world. This crisis has affected the market, global food security. In the meantime, it is feared that crop cultivation will be disrupted in next season. Many world leaders have called for quick, effective and coordinated initiatives to address the crisis and addressed to eliminate ongoing food insecurity.

They expressed their concern about food safety in a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Session on Tuesday in New York. 

“This is not acceptable. This is not sustainable,” said European Commission President Charles Michel. “Russia war against the people of Ukraine is test – a test of our international rules based order.” 

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said, “It is difficult to seek peace in the midst of ongoing hunger.” And if there is no peace, we will not be able to eliminate hunger. He added, “The real truth is that Putin is trying to blackmail the international community with food.”

In Germany last June, the summit of the G-7 alliance of industrialized countries announced a 5 billion dollar financial relief to maintain global food security. In this regard, German Chancellor Olaf Schultz has called for this money to be waived as soon as possible. He said, “Russian attack on Ukraine has given birth many global crises. Especially the southern countries have suffered more damage.

Blinken also called for the renewal of the July agreement on the shipments of Ukrainian grain.

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