UN ‘concerned’ by risk of world hunger due to war in Ukraine | hunger news

As the war in Ukraine threatens food security around the world, the UN chief says he is “deeply concerned” by widespread hunger.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed deep concern about widespread hunger as the war in Ukraine threatens food security in different parts of the world.

Speaking on Wednesday alongside the Austrian Chancellor and Foreign Minister in Vienna, António Guterres also said talks were underway to evacuate more civilians from conflict areas in Ukraine and said he was confident that further evacuations would take place in the future.

However, he downplayed the prospect of peace talks on Ukraine in the near future.

The war in Ukraine has sent world prices for grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertilizers skyrocketing, with UN agencies warning that rising prices will deepen a food crisis in Africa.

The Russian invasion disrupted shipping in the Black Sea, a major route for grain and other commodities, limiting exports from Ukraine and Russia.

“I must say that I am deeply concerned, especially about the risks of spreading hunger in different parts of the world due to the dire food security situation we are facing due to the war in Ukraine,” said Antonio Guterres.

Following a visit to Moldova, a small country that has opened its doors to an influx of refugees from neighboring Ukraine, António Guterres urged the European Union to step up its financial support for the government in Chisinau.

More than 450,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled to Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe.

António Guterres was previously United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He noted during his two-day visit to Moldova, where he met with Moldovan leaders, that the tiny nation has absorbed the most refugees in proportion to its own population of around 2.6 million.

Speaking at an earlier event, Guterres said the time would come when there would be peace talks over Ukraine, but he did not see that time in the immediate future.

“This war will not last forever. There will be a time when peace negotiations will take place,” António Guterres said during a press conference with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.

“I don’t see that right now. But I can say one thing. We will never give up,” he added, in words translated into German by an official translator.