Secretary-General of the United Nations: The world needs solidarity to address the food and energy crisis

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underlined the importance of unity, solidarity and multilateral solutions to tackle the food and energy crisis and eliminate the mistrust that undermines global action in all fields.

“Multilateral solutions can only be based on equity and justice,” Guterres said in a working session on the food and energy crisis during the G20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali, urging the G20 countries to take account of these fundamental principles in their decisions.

He added that the affordability crisis of questyear could turn in a global food shortage crisis next year if coordinated action is not taken. He stressed the importance of the Black Sea grain transfer initiative and the deal to facilitate the supply of Russian fertilizers, including ammonia, to global markets.

He stressed that recent contacts with the European Union, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and other countries have succeeded in removing many obstacles to the free flow of Russian food and fertilizers to global markets, noting that the first shipment of Russian fertilizers donated by the Uralchem ​​company and managed by the World Food Program have started to be loaded into the Dutch port.

The UN secretary-general has warned that the lack of funding is also exacerbating the food crisis, as countries in via facing high costs have already been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis, reiterating his call for a stimulus package for the Sustainable Development Goals with the aim of providing sufficient liquidity for these countries.

Guterres touched on the climate crisis, saying that changing weather patterns, droughts and storms lead to disrupted crop and fisheries cycles and drive people into hunger, explaining that 80% of global emissions are around this table and there is no way in can overcome climate change without a climate solidarity pact between developed countries and large emerging economies, and developed countries should take the lead in reducing emissions

Regarding the energy crisis, the UN Secretary-General has called on developed countries, as well as international financial institutions and technology companies, to mobilize and provide financial and technical support so that large emerging economies can accelerate their energy transition renewable sources.