Food Security, Climate, Mexico & other topics - Daily Press Briefing (18 May 2022)


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC

SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES


WEDNESDAY, 18 MAY 2022

SECRETARY-GENERAL/FOOD SECURITY


This afternoon, the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, will brief foreign ministers in a meeting on global food security, convened by the United States. He is expected to warn the gathered ministers that global hunger levels are at a new high, and that the war in Ukraine is amplifying and accelerating driving factors such as climate change, COVID-19, and inequality.
The Secretary-General is also expected to highlight urgent steps needed to solve the short-term crisis and prevent a long-term catastrophe. Those include the urgent need to reduce the pressure on markets by increasing supplies of food, the need for social protection systems to cover everyone in need, and fully funding humanitarian operations to prevent famine and reduce hunger.
Mr. Guterres is also expected to say that there is no effective solution to the current food crisis without reintegrating Ukraine’s food production, as well as food and fertilizers produced by Russia and Belarus, into world markets -- despite the war.
We also expect David Beasley, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, to address the meeting.

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Source: UN Office of the Spokesperson for UN Secretary General 

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