Guterres warns of "turbo consequences" of the Ukraine war

Dhe United Nations are proud of the wheat exports they helped broker from the war zone on the Ukrainian coast. At the start of the new year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres showed the delegates of the General Assembly a photo of a grain carrier in the Black Sea flying the blue flag of the United Nations on the wall of the conference room in New York. This "miracle at sea" was made possible "despite enormous difficulties" through complicated multilateral diplomacy, Guterres said. Each of the freighters that are now traveling this route, accompanied by both warring parties, are transporting the rare commodity of hope.

Guterres went on to say that all of the world's conflicts and crises, hunger, overindebtedness and climate change were "turbocharged by the war in Ukraine". In the current year, the food shortage is only the result of a distribution and transport problem. A real food crisis is looming next year due to declining fertilizer production. He exclaimed, "Our world is in deep trouble."

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Beyond the Russian war in Ukraine, Guterres addressed the crises and conflicts in the world, from Afghanistan to Congo, the Horn of Africa and Ethiopia. He saw "glimmers of hope" in the case of the civil war in Yemen and the reconciliation process in Colombia. The UN Secretary-General also called for greater efforts to combat climate change. The world is waging "a suicidal war against nature," Guterres said; "we have an appointment with the climate catastrophe".

Chancellor Olaf Scholz attended the start of the high-level opening week of the General Assembly on Tuesday morning; his own appearance before the United Nations was scheduled for the evening. As host of the G-7 summit meeting in Bavaria in the summer, Scholz had already tried to prioritize support for those emerging and developing countries in other parts of the world that were suffering from the energy and food crises of the war. At that time, Scholz, with the help of the other leading Western industrialized countries, was already trying to counter the assertion made by Russia that Western sanctions were the cause of scarce wheat and expensive oil. And even then, the German government engaged in efforts by the United Nations, the EU, the African Union and others to alleviate food shortages in many parts of the world. Scholz also took part in a summit meeting on this topic in New York on Tuesday.

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