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31-Oct-2022 00:05:05
UN top officials urged all parties to protect the Black Sea Grain Initiative, highlighting the importance of the deal for food security around the world. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 31 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

31 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Ukraine’s grain exports are not a food aid operation. They do operate as a huge lever on price, with positive ripple effects throughout the world. New security allegations are a cause of grave concern to the Secretary-General and many member states worried that the deal is in trouble.”
4. Med shot, Council members
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Mr. President, it would indeed be a grave abuse of the Black Sea Grain Initiative if it were used in any way for military operational advantage. The United Nations has the solemn privilege of assisting the Parties to implement this unique arrangement. Acting as a Secretariat, the UN is ready to investigate, along with the Member States party to the Initiative, any and all evidence, if requested.”
6. Med shot, Council members
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“We are very encouraged by Russia’s assurance – not merely an important distinction, but an important – that that it is not pulling out of the Initiative, as it has been said by some, it is only temporarily suspending activities in the implementation of the initiative.”
8. Close up, Security Council president
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Mr. President, I have a simple message: let us keep this supply line must stay open, let us keep this initiative in action, let us resolve our differences with all speed. This initiative is too important to fail.”
10. Close up, Security Council president
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):
“The FAO Food Price Index has declined for six months in a row by about 16 percent. According to World Bank models, this decline may have prevented over one hundred million people from falling into poverty.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council with Grynspan on screen
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):
“However, we are still below the levels traded by Ukraine and Russia for the same period in 2021, and uncertainty of the continuation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative is now causing the prices to rise again. As Martin Griffiths just said, just today, wheat futures have risen by over 6 percent.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council with Grynspan on screen
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):
“Due to this, we know that today’s crisis of affordability may become tomorrow’s crisis of availability of huge proportions.”
16. Close up, Security Council president
17. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“This act is a gross violation of the stamp of agreements of 22nd of July and basically ends its humanitarian dimension. Everyone sees clearly now that the Ukrainian side considers the Black Sea humanitarian corridor for military and sabotage purposes. Given this, the Russian side cannot guarantee the safety of civilian vessels participating in the Black Sea initiative. We do not want other acts of terror being prepared by Kyiv with the support of its western sponsors, therefore, we are compelled to suspend the implementation of this initiative on the 29th of October for an unspecified period of time.”
18. Med shot, Council members
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Senior Advisor for UN Security Council Affairs, United States:
“Russia's announcement to suspend its participation in the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative is deeply concerning, and fundamentally irresponsible. We urge Russia to keep this essential lifesaving arrangement functioning and allow food exports to move to the world market to reach countries that need it most.”
20. Close up, Security Council president
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“We are outraged but not surprised over the announcement by Russia to suspend its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative. This announcement did not come all of a sudden, as Russia has never given up on aggravating the food crisis as a tool to pressure and blackmail the world. Earlier we have already heard Russian threats to quit the initiative. Since September, Russia has resorted to impeding the passage of ships through the grain export corridor.”
22. Wide shot, Security Council with Grynspan on screen
STORYLINE
UN top officials urged all parties to protect the Black Sea Grain Initiative, highlighting the importance of the deal for food security around the world.

The appeal happened during a Security Council meeting requested by Russia on Monday (31 Oct), after the country announced it was temporarily suspending activities in the implementation of the initiative.

Briefing Council Members, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, said “Ukraine’s grain exports are not a food aid operation.”

According to Griffiths, these exports “operate as a huge lever on price, with positive ripple effects throughout the world.”

The Under-Secretary-General also said that “new security allegations are a cause of grave concern to the Secretary-General and many member states worried that the deal is in trouble.”

He said that “it would indeed be a grave abuse of the Black Sea Grain Initiative if it were used in any way for military operational advantage” and that “the United Nations has the solemn privilege of assisting the Parties to implement this unique arrangement.”

Griffiths assured that “acting as a Secretariat, the UN is ready to investigate, along with the Member States party to the Initiative, any and all evidence, if requested.”

The Emergency Relief Coordinator said the UN is “very encouraged” by Russia’s assurance that “it is not pulling out of the Initiative, as it has been said by some, it is only temporarily suspending activities in the implementation of the initiative.”

Griffiths concluded asking Member States to “keep this initiative in action” and resolve differences “with all speed” because “this initiative is too important to fail.”

Rebeca Grynspan, the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), also briefed the Council, noting that “the FAO Food Price Index has declined for six months in a row by about 16 percent”.
According to World Bank models, Grynspan explained, “this decline may have prevented over one hundred million people from falling into poverty.”

The UNCTAD chief noted, however, that “uncertainty of the continuation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative is now causing the prices to rise again.” Just today, she added, “wheat futures have risen by over 6 percent.”

Grynspan also warned that “today’s crisis of affordability may become tomorrow’s crisis of availability of huge proportions.”

Alleging drone assaults by Ukraine on its fleet in the Black Sea, the Russian Federation Permanent Representative said the act “is a gross violation of the stamp of agreements of 22nd of July and basically ends its humanitarian dimension.”

Vasily Nebenzya said that “everyone sees clearly now that the Ukrainian side considers the Black Sea humanitarian corridor for military and sabotage purposes.”

Given this, the ambassador continued, “the Russian side cannot guarantee the safety of civilian vessels participating in the Black Sea initiative” and is “compelled to suspend the implementation of this initiative on the 29th of October for an unspecified period of time.”

Speaking for the United States, the Senior Advisor for UN Security Council Affairs, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, said Russia's announcement “is deeply concerning and fundamentally irresponsible.”

DeLaurentis urged Russia “to keep this essential lifesaving arrangement functioning and allow food exports to move to the world market to reach countries that need it most.”

Sergiy Kyslytsya, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine, said his country was “outraged but not surprised” over the decision.

Kyslytsya also said “this announcement did not come all of a sudden, as Russia has never given up on aggravating the food crisis as a tool to pressure and blackmail the world” and the international community had “already heard Russian threats to quit the initiative.”
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