UN Secretary General António Guterres is speaking in Sweden with Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, where he is attending the Stockholm+50 conference, which he describes as “an important opportunity to strengthen our response to the three-planet emergency on climate disruption, pollution and biodiversity loss. ”
Mr. Guterres said the UN still “intense focus on practical steps to save lives and alleviate human suffering” inside Ukraine, including maintaining humanitarian corridors, but for many developing countries, the climate crisis, growing debt and economic insecurity, now compounded by the “cost of rising energy and increasing hunger”, as the war is crippling Ukraine’s food exports.
A perfect storm is threatening to devastate the economies of many developing countries, he said.
He calls for “act quickly and decisively to ensure a steady flow of food and energy on open marketsby lifting export restrictions, allocating surpluses and reserves to vulnerable populations, and addressing food price increases to soften market volatility. ”
But there would be no solution without bringing Ukraine’s food production back to the global market, along with food and fertilizer from Russia.
The head of the United Nations told reporters he was continuing his “effort every possible effort and use my good offices to promote a dialogue“Between Moscow and Kyiv, to end the war, and the UN now have two groups led by the Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffithsand the United Nations director of trade and development, Rebecca Grynspanis looking for a deal to ease the food crisis.
“The two heads of the agency are working to reach an agreement on the ‘safe and secure export of Ukrainian-produced food through the Black Sea,’ along with unimpeded access,” said Mr. Guterres. of Russian food and fertilizers into global markets, especially developing countries. ”
According to a United Nations spokeswoman, Ms Grynspan had “constructive discussions” in Moscow on Tuesday with Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister, and is currently in Washington, to negotiate on the same issue. facilitate Russian grain and fertilizer exports.
The Secretary-General said he and the Swedish Prime Minister discussed the Ukraine crisis, its implications for broader European security, “and possible avenues for de-escalation and a negotiated settlement.” in accordance with international law and uncharted. ”
He expressed gratitude for Sweden’s “remarkable solidarity” in welcoming Ukrainian refugees and vital support to our humanitarian activities.
Mr. Guterres also applauded Sweden’s leadership on climate action, showing how setting and striving towards climate goals can create jobs, generate green growth and strengthen social structure in general.
“I salute you Sweden commits to net zero emissions by 2045, and negative emissions shortly thereafter,” he said, adding that he is counting on the European Union, “to match this ambition and revisit its energy efficiency and renewable energy targets this year. ”
“Adaptation and mitigation must be pursued with equal urgency”, he said, with developing countries getting the support they need at speed and scale.
“I count on all developed countries including Sweden to reassure developing countries with a clear and credible roadmap on how they will double their financing for adaptation – as agreed. in Glasgow (at COP26) last year.