UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine urging efforts to “prevent the cyclone of hunger and the collapse of the world food system.” French agency of AFP said.
According to statements reported by the UN website in Arabic, Guterres said in a press statement in New York that “Ukraine is on fire” and that “the country is being destroyed in front of the world.”
“We must do everything we can to avoid a global food system collapse and a cyclone of hunger,” he said.
He believed that the prohibition on agricultural exports from Ukraine and Russia would have negative consequences.
He believed that the prohibition on agricultural exports from Ukraine and Russia would have negative consequences for “the poorest” and would “sow the seeds of political instability and turbulence around the world.
“This conflict is bigger than Ukraine,” he remarked.
It’s also an attack on the world’s most vulnerable individuals and nations.
Grain prices have surpassed levels seen “at the start of the food protests of 2007-2008,” according to Guterres, he stated.
“The (FAO) international food price index has reached an all-time high,” he added referring to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
“Moreover, 45 African and least developed countries import at least a third of their wheat from Ukraine or Russia – 18 of these countries,” he continued.
He reiterated his appeal for “rapid cease-fire and meaningful dialogue” based on the norms of the UN Charter and international law.