As the war in Ukraine threatens global food security, the UN chief said he was “deeply concerned” by the prevalence of hunger.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was deeply concerned about widespread hunger because ukraine war Threatening food security in different parts of the world.
Speaking in Vienna on Wednesday with Austria’s chancellor and foreign minister, Guterres also said negotiations were ongoing. Evacuate more civilians from conflict zones in Ukraine, and expressed confidence that more evacuations will occur in the future.
However, he downplayed the prospect of peace talks in Ukraine happening soon.
The Russian invasion disrupted shipping in the Black Sea, the main shipping route for grain and other commodities, limiting exports from Ukraine and Russia.
“I have to say that I am deeply concerned that the risk of hunger has become common in different parts of the world as a result of the dire food security situation we face as a result of the war in Ukraine,” Guterres said.
After visiting Moldova, Guterres urged the EU to increase financial support for the Chisinau government.
More than 450,000 refugees from Ukraine have fled to Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries.
Guterres previously served as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He met with Moldovan leaders during a two-day visit to Moldova, noting that the small country takes in the number of refugees in proportion to its own population of about 2.6 million.
Guterres said at an earlier event that the time would come for peace talks on Ukraine, but he did not see that time in the near future.
“This war will not last forever. There will be peace talks one day,” Guterres told a news conference with Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen.
“I don’t see that in the near future. But I can say one thing. We will never give up,” he added in comments translated into German by an official translator.