UN / GUTERRES BLACK SEA INITIATIVE

01-Aug-2022 00:01:51
Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the departure of the first ship from the Ukrainian port of Odesa to leave carrying grain under the landmark deal signed by Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye, overseen by the UN. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 01 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

01 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Merchant Vessel Razoni is loaded with two commodities in short supply: corn, and hope. Hope for millions of people around the world who depend on the smooth running of Ukraine’s ports to feed their families. The ship’s departure is the first concrete result of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.”
4. Med shot, photographer
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“What we’ve witnessed today in Odesa is an important starting point. It must be the first of many commercial ships bringing relief and stability to global food markets. The Black Sea Grain Initiative allows for significant volumes of exports from three Ukrainian ports: Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Yuzhny. Together with the agreed facilitation of the unimpeded access of Russian food products and fertilizers to world markets, it will bring relief and stability to global food markets and help tackle the global food crisis. Ensuring that grain, fertilizers, and other food-related items are available at reasonable prices to developing countries is a humanitarian imperative.”
6. Med shot, photographer, press
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This war must end, and peace must be established, in line with the Charter of the United Nations and international law. I hope today’s news can be a step towards that goal, for the people of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, and for the world. Thank you.”
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Secretary-General António Guterres today (1 Aug) welcomed the departure of the first ship from the Ukrainian port of Odesa to leave carrying grain under the landmark deal signed by Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye, overseen by the UN.

The Razoni, carrying a cargo of 26,527 tonnes of corn, is the first cargo ship to leave a Ukrainian Black Sea port since 26 February, just a few days after the Russian invasion began. It is bound for the Mediterranean port of Tripoli, in Lebanon.

Talking to reporters at UN Headquarters, Guterres said, “the Merchant Vessel Razoni is loaded with two commodities in short supply: corn, and hope. Hope for millions of people around the world who depend on the smooth running of Ukraine’s ports to feed their families.”

The Secretary General said, “what we’ve witnessed today in Odesa is an important starting point. It must be the first of many commercial ships bringing relief and stability to global food markets.”

He said, “ensuring that grain, fertilizers, and other food-related items are available at reasonable prices to developing countries is a humanitarian imperative.”

To conclude, Guterres said, “this war must end, and peace must be established, in line with the Charter of the United Nations and international law. I hope today’s news can be a step towards that goal, for the people of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, and for the world.”


The deal, signed in the Turkish city of Istanbul on 22 July, was an achievement of the newly established Joint Coordination Centre, or JCC, set up in Istanbul, under the auspices of the UN, by representatives from the three governments who inked the deal, known officially as the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

The plan also paves the way for Russian food and fertilizer to reach global markets, all of which it is hoped will help reduce soaring food prices worldwide and avert the possibility of famine afflicting millions in the months ahead.

The UN emergency food agency, WFP, which is a major customer of Ukraine’s grain and cereals, was planning to buy, load and ship an initial 30,000 tonnes of wheat from Ukraine, on a UN-chartered vessel.
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