UN / GUTERRES BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE

17-May-2023 00:02:51
Addressing reporters, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, welcomed the confirmation by the Russian Federation to continue its participation in the Black Sea Initiative for another 60 days. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

17 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Guterres walking to podium, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We have some positive and significant developments — the confirmation by the Russian Federation to continue its participation in the Black Sea Initiative for another 60 days. I welcome this decision. The continuation is good news for the world. Outstanding issues remain. But representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Türkiye, and the United Nations will keep discussing them. I hope we will reach a comprehensive agreement to improve, expand and extend the Initiative – as I proposed in a recent letter to the Presidents of the three countries. I want to convey my appreciation to all those taking part in the negotiations in a spirit of constructive engagement. I once again express my gratitude to President Erdoğan and the Government of Türkiye for their efforts – working in permanent coordination with the United Nations. The importance of the Black Sea Initiative – and the parallel Memorandum of Understanding between the UN and the Russian Federation – is clear. These agreements matter for global food security. Ukrainian and Russian products feed the world. Under the Black Sea Initiative, more than [30] million tons of food have been exported. Vital food supplies are reaching some of the world’s most vulnerable people and places – including 30,000 tons of wheat that just left Ukraine aboard a WFP-chartered ship to feed hungry people in Sudan. They matter because we are still in the throes of a record-breaking cost-of-living crisis. Over the last year, markets have stabilized, volatility has been reduced, and we have seen global food prices fall by 20 percent. And they matter because they demonstrate that, even in the darkest hours, there is always a beacon of hope and an opportunity to find solutions that benefit everyone. Looking ahead, we hope that exports of food and fertilizers, including ammonia, from the Russian Federation and Ukraine will be able to reach global supply chains safely and predictably – as foreseen in both the Black Sea Initiative and the Memorandum of Understanding on Russian food and fertilizer exports – the implementation of which the United Nations is fully committed to support. Thank you. Thank you very much.”
3. Wide shot, Guterres leaving briefing room
STORYLINE
Addressing reporters today (17 May), the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, welcomed the confirmation by the Russian Federation to continue its participation in the Black Sea Initiative for another 60 days.

“The continuation is good news for the world,” stressed Guterres.

He continued, “Outstanding issues remain. But representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Türkiye, and the United Nations will keep discussing them. I hope we will reach a comprehensive agreement to improve, expand and extend the Initiative – as I proposed in a recent letter to the Presidents of the three countries.”

The UN chief conveyed his appreciation to all those taking part in the negotiations in a spirit of constructive engagement.

He expressed his gratitude to President Erdoğan and the Government of Türkiye for their efforts – working in permanent coordination with the United Nations.

“The importance of the Black Sea Initiative – and the parallel Memorandum of Understanding between the UN and the Russian Federation – is clear,” Guterres said.

He stated, “These agreements matter for global food security. Ukrainian and Russian products feed the world.”

According to the UN Secretary-General, more than 30 million tons of food have been exported under the Black Sea Initiative.

He said, “Vital food supplies are reaching some of the world’s most vulnerable people and places – including 30,000 tons of wheat that just left Ukraine aboard a WFP-chartered ship to feed hungry people in Sudan.”

He also said that these agreements matter “because we are still in the throes of a record-breaking cost-of-living crisis. Over the last year, markets have stabilized, volatility has been reduced, and we have seen global food prices fall by 20 percent. And they matter because they demonstrate that, even in the darkest hours, there is always a beacon of hope and an opportunity to find solutions that benefit everyone.”

Looking ahead, he concluded, “We hope that exports of food and fertilizers, including ammonia, from the Russian Federation and Ukraine will be able to reach global supply chains safely and predictably – as foreseen in both the Black Sea Initiative and the Memorandum of Understanding on Russian food and fertilizer exports – the implementation of which the United Nations is fully committed to support.”
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