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UN chief warns about risk of multiple famines in 2022

United Nations, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres on Friday warned of real risk of multiple famines in 2022, with possibility to worsen in 2023 due to the increased food and fertilizer prices.

In a video message to G20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Gueterres said that these dangers –along with the Ukraine war- are increasing, while the record energy prices have already brought about blackouts and fuel shortages.

In his words, Guterres urged to work together to stabilize world food and energy markets as well as to support developing economies, while calling for the return of Ukrainian and Russian products to global market despite conflict.

He pointed out the UN is ensnared in a plan that would allow safe Ukraine-produced food export through the Black Sea, and unhindered access to the Russian foodstuffs and fertilizers trade globally.

Meanwhile, it is about increasing supplies and making resources and fiscal space available to the poorest nations and communities, for which the financial system must use all instruments at its disposal.

Guterres underscored that a Global New Deal is necessary to rebalance power and financial resources, and enable those countries to invest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He also called for a greater effort to increase the number of countries that can produce Covid-19 vaccines and tests, with facilities to share licenses and provide technical and financial support.


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