Undersecretary of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that the consequences for the world of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were worsening, with 1.6 billion people likely to be affected.
“The impact of war on food, energy and financial security is systemic, severe and accelerating,” said the Secretary-General, presenting the second UN report on the consequences of war. conflict.
He added that “for people around the world, war is threatening to unleash an unprecedented wave of hunger, leaving economic and social chaos in its wake.”
Guterres said that while this year’s food crisis is “about lack of access”, next year “may be about lack of food.”
“There is only one way to stop this rallying storm: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine must end,” he pleaded in a speech.
The head of the world body said he had asked his colleagues to help find “a package agreement that would allow the safe and secure export of Ukrainian-produced food through the Black Sea, and access to air.” impeded access to global markets for Russian food and fertilizers.”
This agreement is essential for hundreds of millions of people in developing countries, including sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Guterres said.
The United Nations report, led by diplomat Rebeca Grynspan, says an estimated 94 countries, home to some 1.6 billion people, are “severely affected by at least one aspect of crisis and not being able to deal with it.”
“Of the 1.6 billion, 1.2 billion or three-quarters live in ‘perfect storm’ countries, which are severely impacted and vulnerable to all three aspects of finance, food and energy. quantity,” it added.
The report says war could increase the number of food insecure people to 47 million by 2022, to 323 million by the end of the year.
An estimated 58 million more Africans could fall into poverty this year, the document adds.
According to the report, extreme poverty in the Middle East and North Africa could increase by 2.8 million people by 2022, while in South Asia 500 million people are at risk.
“Concrete efforts are needed to ensure vital food and energy supplies reach the most vulnerable,” the report said.
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