UN / BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE REAX

23-Jan-2023 00:03:08
Asked about the Russian Foreign Ministry's comments regarding the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a UN spokesperson said, “we have been extremely transparent on the work we are doing and the other efforts.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE REAX
TRT: 03:08
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DATELINE: 23 JANUARY 2023, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

23 JANUARY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We have been extremely transparent on the work that we're doing around the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the other efforts. It was a summary of the data, but the data itself of how many ships, what's on the ships, where these ships are going is on the website for all to see.”
4. Med shot, journalist speaking
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our efforts to get Ukrainian grain, Russian grain and fertilizer out to market, including ammonia, is pursued with one goal in mind and that is dealing with the global food crisis, trying to mitigate the impact of the war in Ukraine on the most vulnerable throughout the world, and we've seen the positive impact it's had on the price of food at the global level.”
6. Wide shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Also worth remembering that the UN is not party to commercial contracts, right? So when grain is bought and sold and exported through the Black Sea Grain Initiative, we are... We have no way of dictating where those contracts, where they go; it is contracts between commercial parties. We do know that the overall impact of getting all that grain back on market has had a positive influence on lowering the price at the global level.”
8. Close-up shot, journalist speaking
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The WFP ship that we had mentioned that had shipped Russian fertilizer from Northern European port to Malawi is in the port of Beira in Mozambique. It is unloading. It's going to take about a week to unload and bag the fertilizer and then it will be shipped overland to Malawi to those, to people who… small farmers, people who needed it, who need it quite a bit.”
11. Wide shot, press room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Also on our efforts to get Russian grain and fertilizer back on, we are not the decision makers. We are the advocates for this. So the Secretary-General, Rebeca Grynspan and others have been in constant contact with all of the parties involved.”
13. Wide shot, press room
STORYLINE
Asked about the Russian Foreign Ministry's comments regarding the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a UN spokesperson said, “we have been extremely transparent on the work we are doing and the other efforts.”

He continued, “It was a summary of the data, but the data itself of how many ships, what's on the ships, where these ships are going is on the website for all to see.”

Speaking to journalists in New York today (23 Jan), UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “Our efforts to get Ukrainian grain, Russian grain and fertilizer out to market, including ammonia, is pursued with one goal in mind and that is dealing with the global food crisis, trying to mitigate the impact of the war in Ukraine on the most vulnerable throughout the world, and we've seen the positive impact it's had on the price of food at the global level.”

Dujarric said, “Also worth remembering that the UN is not party to commercial contracts, right? So when grain is bought and sold and exported through the Black Sea Grain Initiative, we are... We have no way of dictating where those contracts, where they go; it is contracts between commercial parties.”
He reiterated, “We do know that the overall impact of getting all that grain back on market has had a positive influence on lowering the price at the global level.”

According to Dujarric, “The WFP ship that we had mentioned that had shipped Russian fertilizer from Northern European port to Malawi is in the port of Beira in Mozambique. It is unloading.”

It will take about a week to unload and bag the fertilizer and then it will be shipped overland to Malawi.

The Spokesperson concluded, “Also on our efforts to get Russian grain and fertilizer back on, we are not the decision makers. We are the advocates for this. So the Secretary-General, Rebeca Grynspan and others have been in constant contact with all of the parties involved.”
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